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No NY Debate, says Clinton Campaign, Until Sanders Changes His ‘Tone’

from Common Dreams:

Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist has dodged Bernie Sanders’ call for a debate before the April 19 primary in New York, saying the former secretary of state’s response depends on whether the Vermont senator changes his “tone.”

“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more,” Clinton operative Joel Benenson said Monday on CNN. “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”

Asked what the risk is to debating Sanders in New York, Benenson replied that there is “no risk” for Clinton but that Sanders “doesn’t get to decide” the schedule.

“She’s done very well in the debates. The debates have been very good, but Sen. Sanders doesn’t get to decide when we debate, particularly when he’s running a very negative campaign against us,” he said. “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.”

“So no chance of a New York debate?” CNN‘s Kate Bolduan reportedly pressed.

“I didn’t say that,” Benenson said. “I said we’re going to see what kind of tone he sets.”


With the momentum in Bernie Sanders’ favor following a triple victory in the ‘Pacific Primary’ over the weekend—beating rival Hillary Clinton by landslide margins in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii—his campaign thinks it’s time to treat voters in upcoming states to something they haven’t seen in nearly three weeks: a televised debate.

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