Democrats Will Likely Add N.H. Debate Feb 4th


Look for the Democratic National Committee to sanction a Democratic debate on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, their partner will be MSNBC and New Hampshire Union Leader. This is a key part of the campaign as the primary is just over a week away.  All three candidates want and in some ways need the debate as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley look to expand the number of times voters get to see them face-off.

News Talk Florida expects that the debate moderators would be Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. There may be a spot for a moderator from the Union Leader, at the moment that has not been decided.

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According to Politico, Clinton and Sanders’ campaigns have agreed in principle to attend four more debates, starting with the proposed New Hampshire event next week, a Clinton campaign aide confirmed Saturday — but an exchange of statements on Saturday called the Feb. 4 date into question.

There could be four new debates, one in February, one in March, one in April, and one in May and at the moment details are still being ironed out, and no dates or locations have been solidified.

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The step forward came after days of wrangling in public and behind the scenes, as the two major Democratic candidates sought to pressure each other on the topic of adding debates.

Sanders responded by proposing the additional debates, which now seem likely to occur if the DNC signs on. The committee would have to waive its exclusivity clause that precludes candidates from appearing in unsanctioned debates and bars them from joining the official events if they do.

The next official debate is in Milwaukee on February 11, two days after the New Hampshire primary.

 

 

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.