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Clinton v. Clinton On Debates

- March 28, 2016

The Clinton Campaign Is Resisting Bernie Sanders' Challenge To Another Debate, Saying "Sanders Doesn't Get To Decide When We Debate"

Yesterday, Sanders Challenged Clinton To A Debate In New York And "Expressed Concern" That Clinton May Not Want To Debate Him Now That She Is Ahead In The Primary Race. "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont challenged Hillary Clinton on Sunday to a debate in New York before the state's primary on April 19 and expressed concern that Mrs. Clinton might not debate him now that she is far ahead in the race to win the Democratic nomination." (Patrick Healy, "Bernie Sanders Challenges Hillary Clinton To Debate In New York," The New York Times , 3/27/16)

Clinton Strategist Benenson Said That They Would Not Debate Unless Sanders Changes His "Tone". "When asked on Monday whether Hillary Clinton would agree to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in New York, the Clinton campaign's chief strategist would said the campaign would consider it if Sanders changes his 'tone.'" (Caitlin MacNeal, "Clinton Aide To Sanders: Change Your 'Tone' If You Want Another Debate," Talking Points Memo, 3/28/16)

  • Benenson: "Sanders Doesn't Get To Decide When We Debate, Particularly When He's Running A Very Negative Campaign Against Us." "JOEL BENENSON: 'But Sen. Sanders doesn't get to decide when we debate, particularly when he's running a very negative campaign against us. Let's see if he goes back to the kind of tone he said he was going to set early on. If he does that, then we'll talk about debates.'" (Caitlin MacNeal, "Clinton Aide To Sanders: Change Your 'Tone' If You Want Another Debate," Talking Points Memo, 3/28/16)

FLASHBACK: In 2008, Clinton Criticized Obama When He Refused Participate In More Debates, Accusing Him Of Preferring "To Give Speeches Than Have To Answer Questions"

In 2008, Clinton Ran Negative Ads Against Obama When He Did Not Agree To Another Debate. "The gloves are off. Hillary Rodham Clinton just released her first TV ad specifically attacking Barack Obama. In her latest spot for Wisconsin, she criticizes him for not signing on to a debate at Marquette University in Milwaukee." (Ariel Alexovich, "Clinton Goes Negative In Wisconsin Ad," The New York Times , 2/13/08)

Clinton: "Maybe He'd Prefer To Give Speeches Than Have To Answer Questions." (Hillary Clinton 2008 Campaign Advertisement, Accessed 3/28/16)

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Clinton: "Wisconsin Deserves To Hear BOTH Candidates Debate The Issues That Matter. And That's… Not Debatable." (Hillary Clinton 2008 Campaign Advertisement, Accessed 3/28/16)

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In 2008, Clinton Repeatedly Asserted That "It's A Shame" That Obama Wouldn't Debate As Much As She Wanted To, Stating That "You Should Be Willing To Debate Anytime, Anywhere"

Clinton: "You Should Be Willing To Debate Anytime, Anywhere." HILLARY CLINTON: "Honestly, I mean, I just believe that this is the most important job in the world, it's the toughest job the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Sioux Fall Argus Leader, 5/23/16)

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Clinton: "It's A Shame That Apparently He Is Unwilling Or Afraid To Debate Me When There's So Much At Stake." FOX AND FRIENDS' GRETCHEN CARLSON: "I need to ask you Senator, will you push now for another debate with Barack Obama, because it was supposed to happen on CBS before North Carolina and then it was cancelled. By most accounts you beat him in the last debate, will you push for another one now?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, I think it's a shame that Senator Obama will not agree to debates in Indiana and North Carolina. I've accepted any and all debates in both states because most people really want to see us. We've only had four debates between the two of us, and now it's down to the two of us. So I think that voters are right to want to have a debate. In North Carolina, in fact, 20,000 North Carolinians e-mailed in for tickets when they thought there would be a debate until it was clear Senator Obama would not participate. So I'm still hopeful because I think it's a shame that apparently he is unwilling or afraid to debate me when there's so much at stake and these two states deserve to have a debate." ( Fox's "Fox And Friends," 4/23/08)

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