The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage on Thursday night for a debate sponsored by CNN and NY1. This debate comes just 5 days before the pivotal New York primary on April 19th, a crucial contest for both candidates as we head into the home stretch.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
CNN/NY1 Democratic Debate from Brooklyn
Location: Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer
Transcript: Washington Post
Here is full video of the Democratic debate from New York:
Alternate Video: Link 1
Report from CNN:
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton came out swinging in a fiery, high-stakes debate on CNN Thursday night, as he cast doubt on her judgment and she criticized his command of policy and record on guns.
Sanders accused his rival of “lacking the kind of judgment we need to be the kind of president we need.” But he found himself on defense for not releasing his taxes and said he would do so on Friday.
Clinton again found herself on defense for her paid speeches to big banks, declining to release the transcripts when pressed by CNN moderators. But she counter-punched by referring to the Vermont senator’s trouble explaining some of his core policies in an interview with the New York Daily News.
The debate and the New York primary on Tuesday come at a critical juncture in the Democratic contest, as Sanders tries to change the dynamics of a race that has delivered many more delegates to Clinton, while the former secretary of state tries to halt an unexpectedly strong challenger who can claim he has momentum on his side.
The debate was the most combative yet, with the two delivering harsh attacks that at points needed intervention from the moderators. The rowdy crowd, meanwhile, stoked the tension, loudly cheering and hissing throughout the exchanges.
The event, held just across the river from Wall Street, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, quickly turned to the issue of the big banks and their perceived excesses.
This debate took an aggressive tone from the start with many exchanges over Wall Street and corporate connections. Of course, being held in the financial capitol of the world, finance and the economy was a natural topic and point of contention between both candidates.