WASHINGTON, April 2, 2016 – Democratic candidates for President Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton continue to disagree over when to hold the ABC-hosted debate in New York. Several dates that the candidates offered include April 4, April 14 and April 15. Both sides are accusing the other of stonewalling a debate.
Clinton’s campaign press secretary Brian Fallon attacked Sanders on Twitter, saying Sanders is making “fake excuses” for turning down the dates put forward by Clinton, allowing him to attack her but not actually debate her. Sanders responded by saying the proposed dates – including one that coincides with the NCAA mens basketball final – “don’t make a whole of sense.”
However, Clinton herself appears to be avoiding committing to a New York debate.
New York is a key state for both candidates. Secretary Clinton considers New York as her second-home, and represented the state in the Senate. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, where he has hosted several rallies and drawn crowds numbering in the thousands.
A loss in New York would be a major setback for Clinton. Not only would it suggest that momentum is shifting to Sanders, it also would cost her the coveted 291 delegates.