Bernie vs. Hillary, round two debate tonight

Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will square off in their second one-on-one 2016 debate tonight in Milwaukee, WI.

Sen. Sanders is coming into Brew City on a hot streak, scoring a 22 point win over Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.  The Vermont firebrand turned the landslide victory into a fundraising bonanza, raking in $5.2 million in campaign contributions less than a full day after polls closed in the Granite State.

Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, is smarting after a brutal loss that proved worse than the polling data had suggested going into Tuesday’s election. Exit polling numbers in New Hampshire showed she lost every voter age bracket to Sanders except those 65 years and older.

More bad news came Thursday with a new report from the Washington Post detailing a subpoena the State Department has issued to the Clinton Foundation seeking records related to foreign contracts the organization secured, with government approval, while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term in office.

The question is whether or not debate moderators Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will bring up Mrs. Clinton’s relationship with the Foundation during her tenure in the State Department, or even the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server during the same time.

Besides the personal issues, there will be a lot to talk about tonight as only nine days remain until the Nevada Democratic caucus, which sports a much more diverse electorate than Iowa or New Hampshire.

Tonight’s showdown begins at 9 p.m. EST, and will be televised simultaneously on PBS and CNN.

 

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