Hillary Clinton is refusing to have a New York debate with Sanders until he changes his “tone”.
Her refusal to have a New York debate comes just two days after Sanders swept Clinton in three primary caucuses.
“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,” Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, said on CNN. “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”
Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Bernie Sanders was quick to hit back.
“Sen. Sanders has never run a negative ad in his life,” he said, adding, “Some people this year wanted a coronation instead of a campaign in which we debate our rigged economy and corrupt campaign finance system. But despite what the pundits and establishment politicians wanted, our grassroots supporters are giving us a political revolution. I can see how that might put Mr. Benenson in a bad mood.”
It is also possible that Clinton wants to avoid a repeat of the Michigan primary, where Sanders’ strong showing in the debate there propelled him to a surprise win.
On Twitter, the Sanders campaign pushed Clinton to face him on the debate stage.
I hope very much that as we go into New York, Sec. Clinton’s home state, we’ll have a debate. Sign if you agree:https://t.co/2klYLd6Gtf
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) 28 March 2016
CNN’s Kate Bolduan pushed Benenson on why Clinton is really refusing to face Sanders.
“What’s the risk?” Bolduan asked.
“There’s no risk. She’s done very well in the debates,” Benenson replied.
If Clinton is confident in her debating abilities, then why not have one?
[CNN] [LA Times]