Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go mano a mano Thursday, and voters can watch the sixth Democratic debate streaming live right on this page, to see if Clinton can bounce back just two days after the landslide defeat she suffered in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary — and if Sanders can build on his considerable momentum as he races into a stretch of primary states where Clinton, polls show, remains the heavy favorite.
The debate should feature plenty of headline-making fireworks, with Clinton expected to counter Sanders successful strategy of tying her to Wall Street and corporate special interests by accusing the self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” from Vermont of having dirty hands himself when it comes to grabbing Wall Street cash.
One economist, however, found a possible answer — Clinton’s appeal is strongest not only among parents, but parents of girls, as opposed to parents whose only children are boys.
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— Atif Mian (@AtifRMian) February 4, 2016
Thursday’s Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders Democratic Presidential debate gets underway at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The debate is sponsored by PBS and will be aired, as well as streaming live, commercial-free.
Watch the debate live right here in the video below, or use the streaming links provided at the bottom of this article.
The debate will be the first of the 2016 campaign in which all of the moderators are women — namely, PBS News Hour anchors and editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.
— KCTS 9 (@KCTS9) February 11, 2016
Sanders, with his victory in new Hampshire only hours behind him, immediately began an effort to cut into Clinton’s base of support among African-American and minority voters, stopping in Harlem, New York, for a dinner with Reverend Al Sharpton, the controversial civil rights activist.
Clinton was also the subject of a scathing attack in the left-wing magazine the Nation, written by Michelle Alexander — one of the prime intellectual movers behind the Black Lives Matter movement — titled, “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.”
In the article, Alexander, among other criticisms, blasts Clinton for backing a major Crime Bill when she was First Lady to President Bill Clinton — even though as a senator, Bernie Sanders voted in favor of the same bill.
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Viewers can expect those and many similar issues to be the subject of fiery exchanges between the two candidates in Milwaukee on Thursday. But will Sanders be able to make enough headway to overcome Clinton’s daunting lead in the majority of upcoming primary states?
For example, in South Carolina, where Democrats go to the polls on February 27, Clinton is dominating Sanders by 29.5 percentage points, according to the polling average compiled by Real Clear Politics. A Landmark/RosettaStone poll in the March 1, Super Tuesday state of Georgia last week showed Clinton up by 41.8 points.
And while polling has been scant so far in the Super Tuesday battleground of Texas, with its 252 delegates at stake, a Clinton victory in the Lone Star State is widely considered not a question of “if,” but of “how much.” On Thursday, the Clinton campaign announced that the former Secretary of State had received endorsements from more than 40 top Texas Democrats.
In the March 15 Florida primary with its 246 delegates at stake, Clinton holds a 24.3 point lead in the FiveThirtyEight.com polling average. And in Ohio, where 159 delegates are up for grabs on the same day, Clinton is riding a 14.2 point advantage.
Warm up for Thursday’s Democratic debate with a replay of last week’s tension-filled New Hampshire debate, in the video below.
To find out what Bernie Sanders can do to start chopping those leads down to size, and what moves Hillary Clinton will make to hold off the increasingly powerful challenge from the insurgent Vermont Senator who did not even officially become a Democrat until the campaign, watch the PBS Democratic Debate streaming live online in the video above on this page, or on the PBS site at this link. CNN will also stream the debate live via CNN Go at this link.
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