Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed on upon the date of April 14th to hold a presidential debate. The debate will take place in Brooklyn, New York, and will air on CNN and locally in New York City on NY1. The New York primary is on April 19th.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
CNN Democratic Debate
9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer
Report from PIX11:
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have agreed to meet for a Democratic debate on CNN and NY1 on April 14, five days before a crucial primary election in New York state.
The debate will take place in Brooklyn and will be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who led two GOP debates earlier this election season.
CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 political anchor Errol Louis will join in the questioning of the candidates.
NY1 is the main 24-hour cable news channel in New York City. Both CNN and NY1 will carry the debate live from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern.
The announcement ends days of back-and-forth between the two campaigns about exactly when and how to debate in advance of the New York primary.
The Democratic campaign has become more interesting in recent weeks with Sanders going on the attack more strongly than he has throughout the campaign. CNN reports on some of the latest:
Bernie Sanders sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for taking campaign contributions from energy lobbyists on Sunday — but he wouldn’t back a high-profile surrogate’s criticism of Clinton’s email controversy.
The Democratic presidential contenders have traded shots in recent days over contributions from those with fossil fuel ties. Sanders said the problem isn’t individual contributions from those working for energy companies — but Clinton and her super PAC taking money from oil and gas lobbyists.
“Let the voters decide whether paid lobbyists who represent the fossil fuel industry, 43 of them, gave maximum contributions to the Clinton campaign and whether or not these same people are out in some cases are out in some cases bundling, trying to bring in even more money,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
He added: “There is a difference between getting money from a worker and somebody whose job it is to represent that industry. I believe we’ve got to take on the fossil fuel industry.”
Polls give Hillary Clinton a very strong lead in New York, though it looks like Bernie Sanders might pull an upset in Wisconsin on Tuesday. If that happens, it sets up a showdown in New York with Sanders pushing hard to earn as much of the huge 291 delegate pot as he can.