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Clinton Will "Consider" CA Debate She Previously Agreed To

- May 22, 2016

Earlier Today, Clinton Said She Hasn't Thought About Honoring Her Agreement To Debate Bernie Sanders In California, Declaring Her Campaign's Focus Has Moved On

Earlier Today, Clinton Said She Hasn't Thought About Honoring Her Agreed Upon California Debate With Bernie Sanders, Declaring Her Focus Is On Donald Trump. NBC'S CHUCK TODD: "Would you, he's accepted an invitation to debate in California before the California primary. Have you thought about accepting that invitation?" CLINTON: "You know, we'll consider it, but I'm really focused …" TODD: "You're not ruling it out yet?" CLINTON: "I haven't thought about it. We'll consider it. But I think what's important is we're not going to let, at least my campaign, is not going to let Donald Trump try to normalize himself in this period between…" (NBC's "Meet The Press," 5/22/16)

  • Clinton: "I Haven't Thought About" The California Debate. CLINTON: "I haven't thought about it. We'll consider it. But I think what's important is we're not going to let, at least my campaign, is not going to let Donald Trump try to normalize himself in this period between…" (NBC's " Meet The Press," 5/22/16)

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In February, Clinton And Sanders Agreed To Add Four More Debates To The Democrat Primary Calendar, Including A Debate In California

In February 2016, Clinton And Sanders "Agreed To Add Four More Debates," Which Included A Debate Scheduled For May That Was "Likely To Take Place In California." "Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed to add four more debates, including one this Thursday in New Hampshire just days before that state's primary. The decision expands the total number of Democratic debates from six to ten, and suggests both campaigns are prepared for a drawn-out primary battle that will extend at least until May. The first additional debate will take place in New Hampshire on Thursday. The campaigns have also agreed to a March debate in Flint, Michigan, and two more debates in April and May. The May debate is likely to take place in California." (Dylan Byers, "Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Agree To Four More Debates," CNN, 2/3/16)

The Hill : "The May Debate Will Be In California." "The Washington Post reports that the April debate will take place in Pennsylvania and the May debate will be in California. The party's decision to sanction the debates allows the candidates to appear without triggering a party provision that bars candidates who appear in unsanctioned debates from appearing in future official contests." (Ben Kamisar, "Clinton, Sanders Agree To Four More Debates," The Hill, 2/3/16)

  • Politico Headline: "Clinton, Sanders Agree To Debates In Michigan And California." (Hadas Gold, "Clinton, Sanders Agree To Debates In Michigan And California," Politico, 2/3/16)
  • CNN Headline: "Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Agree To Four More Debates." (Dylan Byers, "Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Agree To Four More Debates," CNN, 2/3/16)
  • The Hill Headline: "Clinton, Sanders Agree To Four More Debates." (Ben Kamisar, "Clinton, Sanders Agree To Four More Debates," The Hill, 2/3/16)

Clinton Is Now Walking Back On Her Agreement, Citing That The Primary Is Over

BBC News Headline: "Hillary Clinton Says Race Against Bernie Sanders Is 'Done.'" ("Hillary Clinton Says Race Against Bernie Sanders Is 'Done,'" BBC News, 5/19/16)

The Hill Headline: "Clinton Feels No Pressure To Debate Sanders." (Amie Parnes, "Clinton Feels No Pressure To Debate Sanders," The Hill, 5/21/16)

Clinton's Campaign Allies Insist Clinton "Should Feel No Pressure To Appear" In The Agreed Upon California Debate Against Sanders. " Allies of Hillary Clinton say the Democratic front-runner should feel no pressure to appear in another debate against Bernie Sanders. Sanders accepted an invitation by Fox News earlier this week to take part in an upcoming debate ahead of the California primary. But Clinton, who is 90 delegates away from clinching the Democratic nomination, hasn't agreed to participate." (Amie Parnes, "Clinton Feels No Pressure To Debate Sanders," The Hill, 5/21/16)

The Washington Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Ducking Final Debate With Bernie Sanders In California." (Ben Wolfgang, "Hillary Clinton Ducking Final Debate With Bernie Sanders In California," The Washington Times, 5/19/16)

  • "Mrs. Clinton Seems To Think Another Debate Is A Waste Of Time" After Declaring Herself The Party's Nominee On Thursday. "For her part, Mrs. Clinton seems to think another debate is a waste of time. She declared the Democratic primary over on Thursday, telling CNN that she'll be the party's nominee and training most of her fire on Republican opponent Donald Trump." (Ben Wolfgang, "Hillary Clinton Ducking Final Debate With Bernie Sanders In California," The Washington Times, 5/19/16)

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