The Democratic Town Hall was shown live from Ohio Sunday evening with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders facing Ohio voters as moderator Jake Tapper of CNN and Roland Martin of TV One, the co-hosts, facilitated the program held at Ohio State University.
March 15 “Super Tuesday” balloting, a day which can turn the tide for the outcome of the Democratic presidential primary and selection of a candidate is pivotal. What is at stake on Tuesday are four states which are rich in delegates: Florida, with 246 delegates available to divide between Clinton and Sanders depending not only on who wins the state, but relies upon the percentage of the vote each candidate is able to win on March 15.
Tuesday brings Illinois with 182, Ohio with 159, North Carolina with 121 and Missouri with 84 making it a total of 792 highly desired delegates at stake. Former President Bill Clinton has spent the past two days campaigning in North Carolina and calling Hillary, “a game changer”.
Prior to the Sunday Town Hall a new poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC published on Sunday gives Clinton the lead over Sanders for the three biggest state delegate count available on Tuesday. She is ahead 61% to 34% of Sanders in Florida, shows a comfortable lead of 58% to Sanders 38% in Ohio and a close six point lead in her home state of Illinois. The Clinton campaign has phone banks in relentless pursuit of calling Illinois voters over the week end to remind voters of Tuesday’s vote.
Sanders opened the Town Hall with a question from Jake Tapper on Trump’s behavior and the violence at Trump Chicago rally to which Sanders response was he is a “pathological liar”. Sanders summarized, “violence is not acceptable,” and “end of discussion”. Clinton responded that Trump has run a cynical campaign and traffic of “hate and fear,” incites violence and is against “our angels”. Clinton called Trump “political arson”.
Sanders spoke passionately about trade agreements, their failure, and it was “long overdue” for manufacturers to bring those products home. An audience member asked Sanders about his ability to see his campaign platform reach implementation. Sanders explained if elected president he would probably have a Democratic Senate and Congress to support him. His voice was strong and determined about Wall Street’s responsibility to help America and Americans. Sanders spoke of the top 1 percent had income that was about equal to the bottom 50 percent of Americans.
CNN after the Town Hall meeting found Sanders accurate in his statement on loss of jobs in America: “We have lost, since 2001, almost 60,000 factories. Can you imagine that? Sixty-thousand factories, millions of good-paying jobs,” he said.
A Radiologist doctor placed a question to both candidates about the future security of Muslims in America. Sanders brought a chuckle from the audience walls should not be placed around America. Clinton reiterated her stand on immigration and the basis for America was built upon immigrants.
Sanders addressed small business owners would save money on health care in a Sanders presidency. Clinton spoke about developing competitive health insurance and increased non-profit providers which would lower medical premiums.
Clinton was compassionate to a man who spent 49 years unjustly in prison who asked when she would use the death penalty. She spoke about the death penalty and its application to only federal convictions of terrorists and mass murders in harm against America.
The loss of lives during police arrests was an issue Sanders would address as president from a federal position and a model for investigation. “That has got to end,” When a Black woman, who recently lost her brother to police violence, asked Sanders his position, he stated that would create a zero policy against police violence. “Police officers who break the law must be held accountable,” he added, saying the Department of Justice will investigate every death of civilians who die in police custody.
Clinton took on Climate Change, Fracking and related threat to the nation and the planet. She told the audience that a local community should be allowed to object to fracking. She summarized her position as the best prepared candidate and ready candidate. Sanders aggressively objects to Clinton’s presentation on fracking and his campaign statement is: “Bernie Sanders has introduced the most far-reaching and detailed plan to combat climate change of any candidate running for president”. His campaign released Clinton’s record on fracking and support to the industry.
Immediately after the Town Hall ended, Sanders released several statements to counter Clinton statements, Bernie has always opposed NAFTA; Hillary supported NAFTA.
Ahead of the March 15 primary in Florida, President Bill Clinton will campaign in the Sunshine State on Monday to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton. He will hold public events in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Winter Park to urge voters to support Clinton in Tuesday’s primary, while laying out the case for why she is the best candidate to raise incomes and break down racial, social and economic barriers for Florida families as President.
Sanders campaign released the following after the Town Hall meeting ended:
“Hillary Clinton is trying her hardest to make the case to voters that she is the best candidate to win in November — but recent polls suggest otherwise. Bernie Sanders consistently outperforms Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump in recent national polls” by a few higher points across the board according to release from his campaign headquarters after the Town Hall meeting.
As of Sunday, Clinton has amassed 1,231 delegates, including 465 super delegates that are not tied to any one state, while Sanders has 576, of which 25 are super delegates. A Democratic candidate needs 2,383 to win the nomination. The number of remaining, unallocated delegates is 2,958. For Tuesday’s primaries, Florida has 246 delegates, Illinois 182, Missouri 84, North Carolina 121 and Ohio 160.