CNN releases first Democratic debate details
The first Democratic debate is happening on Tuesday and CNN has now released the final details including podium order and live streaming links. The debate takes place in Las Vegas and will be moderated by Anderson Cooper, with additional questioning by other CNN personalities also offering questions.
Schedule for Tuesday, October 13, 2015
9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)
CNN Democratic Debate
Live Stream: CNN.com
(free, no subscription required)
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, Chafee
Moderators: Anderson Cooper with Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez
Podium Order: On either side of Clinton, the highest-polling candidate, are Bernie Sanders (to Clinton’s right) and Martin O’Malley (to her left). Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee, the fourth- and fifth-placing candidates, bookend the stage.
Report from Fox News:
Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday staked out their positions against front-runner Hillary Clinton ahead of the party’s first primary debate, challenging her stances of such issues as trade, domestic oil and gay marriage.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, ahead of the debate Tuesday, made the case that he has been steady in his views on U.S. trade deals and other policy issues while Clinton, a former secretary of state, has flip-flopped.
“People will have to contrast my consistency against the secretary’s,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Sanders, Clinton’s closest challenger, also argued that he has never liked a single U.S. trade deal, while Clinton last week opposed President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which she backed as the country’s top diplomat.
Clinton leads Sanders, an Independent, by double digits in essentially every national poll, but trails him 41-to-32 percent among likely Democratic voters in early-voting state New Hampshire, according to a NBC News/Marist poll released last week.
Vice President Joe Biden, who still has an open invitation to join Tuesday’s debate from host CNN, got 16 percent in New Hampshire, in the poll.
As noted, Biden could join the debate right up until the day of the broadcast if he should so choose. It doesn’t seem as though it will happen, but that sure would make the debate more interesting.