Update – 1/30, 3:03 p.m. EST: BuzzFeed is reporting that the Clinton, Sanders, and O’Malley campaigns have agreed to four more debates, starting in New Hampshire on Feb. 4. The three campaigns have requested the DNC schedule additional debates in March, April, and May.
The next scheduled debate after the New Hampshire primary is set for Feb. 11 in Milwaukee.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has expressed a willingness to participate in previously unscheduled Democratic debates through May.
Clinton’s Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have frequently combined demands for more debates with roaring denunciations of both Clinton and Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for purportedly limiting the number of debates and arranging television schedules on weekends to abet Clinton’s bid for the White House.
A surging Bernie Sanders amplified his repeated calls for further debates, and in response to Clinton’s and O’Malley’s request Sanders join the two in an unauthorized debate in New Hampshire on February 4, agreed to participate, specifying Clinton must agree to three debates presented during the week, but not on Friday, Saturday or holiday weekends.
“Senator Sanders is happy to have more debates, but we are not going to schedule them on an ad hoc basis at the whim of the Clinton campaign,” Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said in a statement.
The Clinton campaign responded it would agree to talks about two additional debates in April and May only.
The DNC has not commented on the unsanctioned debate on February 4 hosted by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper and MSNBC, although it does appear unlikely Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley would be penalized by the Party for participating.
[Reuters] [Photo courtesy NPR]