By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - John Kerry wants to go one-on-one with Democratic White House rival Howard Dean (news - web sites).
Kerry issued the challenge for a face-to-face debate during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
He had been asked about recent comments from Dean following a debate in Albuquerque, N.M., in which Kerry refrained from directly attacking Dean. Afterward, Dean said: "I wish he'd say to my face what he says behind my back."
In response, Kerry said Sunday that he'd welcome a debate with just the two men on the stage.
"If he wants a challenge and he wants us to go face-to-face, I accept," said Kerry. "Let's get together. Let's have a debate."
Kerry suggested Iowa or New Hampshire for such a meeting.
The Dean campaign didn't express much interest in the idea.
"There have been and continue to be numerous forums and debates for each of the candidates to discuss the issues, debate specific records and address concerns directly with Governor Dean," said campaign spokeswoman Courtney O'Donnell.
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