Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have agreed to four more Democratic debates pending DNC approval. The Clinton campaign wanted an additional debate in New Hampshire that was originally unsanctioned and sponsored by MSNBC. Sanders agreed to attending if the candidates would have more than just one added to the schedule.
Details and dates are being worked out but Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will have to weigh in on whether or not the debates go forward. Wasserman Schultz has upset many Democrats including Sanders and O’Malley for not allowing more debates. The chairwoman told Lenny that the lack of debates was due to 2008 having far too many in which everyone agreed it was more than needed. However, Democrats on the Progressive side slammed Wasserman Schultz for playing party politics and favoring a Clinton campaign who took part in restricting debates in 2015, a decision Clinton and her team now regret.
Clinton’s campaign is open to having a Democratic debate held in Flint, Michigan where a severe lead crisis is ongoing. Her team wants a March 3 date in the city and Sanders will agree to it if she will agree to a debate on April 14 held in her home state of New York. The debate held in New Hampshire will happen before the state’s Feb. 9 primary while the Michigan March 3 proposal will happen before Michigan’s open primary on March 8.
Hillary Clinton has been speaking out on Flint’s water crisis. The Clinton camp believes it would be the right location to shine a light on what is going on in the city beyond lead contamination including being a low-income city primarily comprised of African Americans.