Sanders Challenges Clinton to Debate in New York


U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday challenged Hillary Clinton to debate him in New York before the state’s April 19 primary election.

“I would hope very much that as we go into New York state, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate – New York City or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country,” Sanders told Chuck Todd in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Fresh off sweeping victories on Saturday in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, Sanders was looking ahead to upcoming primaries in Wisconsin and New York.

He told The Associated Press it was “really absurd” that Clinton so far has refused to agree to a debate with him in her home state.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, wrote a letter on Sunday to Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, underscoring the senator’s call for a New York debate.

“New York will play a critical role in determining the Democratic nominee. However, your campaign has consistently chosen to deny the people of New York the opportunity to see Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton debate in the Empire State,” Weaver wrote to Mook.

“It is difficult to understand your motivation,” Weaver added “Can you please explain why New York should not host the April debate? Is the Secretary concerned about debating before the people who twice elected her to the U.S. Senate? Perhaps there is some tactical advantage you are seeking by avoiding a debate in New York but I would remind you that Sen. Sanders agreed to debate the secretary in New Hampshire when he was well ahead in the polls.”

To watch Sanders on Meet the Press, click here.
To read Jeff Weaver’s letter, click here.

7 thoughts on “Sanders Challenges Clinton to Debate in New York

  • March 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I hope she takes this challenge and We want one in Cali too before our Election

  • March 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Seriously? Debates are how people make their own educated decisions about what candidate best serves. If you feel you are the best candidate, Hillary, then why would you not debate in your neck of the woods? The avoidance is pretty fishy!

  • March 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I believe Hillary is a coward. She will not debate Bernie.

  • March 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    As an upstate NYer, I feel it necessary to say, we are not her home state. I think a lot of us feel that she used us as a stepping stone to get to where she is now, and very few people feel she helped/represented us here in NY. I’m pretty sure the only time she visited upstate (real upstate, not the Catskills, we’re talking Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Finger Lakes, etc.) was when she wanted something from us.

  • March 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I think you just answered your own question, Dixie. ; )

  • March 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    And now, to add yet another level of absurdity to what is already the Clinton campaign’s incredible arrogance and lameness, they say they will not debate Bernie until Bernie lightens up “his tone”. Yes, that’s correct: The campaign that has been shamelessly smearing Bernie and trying to cheat him in every way possible now for months, claims the reason why Hillary is reluctant to debate Bernie is that he is being mean to her.

    These people deserve to be mocked without mercy. If reason and civility somehow fail to get through to them, perhaps a generous helping of public ridicule will do the trick.

  • March 29, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Ms. Naomi, that would be great. Bernie and his campaign keep telling her to release those paid speeches along with how much money she has taken from Wall Street and corporations to fund her campaign and for GOP Offices. Also the media needs to tell her that she is only running against Bernie Sanders, so it is only fair that she release paid speeches and records of money from corporations she received from present and the past. Not wait until the Republicans release them because that is “Truly unfair” and it does not make sense. Her dishonesty will and has backfire and will never win on this base.

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