Clinton, Sanders agree to New York debate

With each campaign overcoming their differences, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed to debate in advance of New York’s April 19 primary in Brooklyn on April 14.

The debate will be held at the Duggal Greenhouse on the grounds of the Brooklyn Naval Yard.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate along with fellow CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1’s Errol Louis.

After seemingly intractable disputes over location, date and time, both campaigns agreed to meet in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn is Senator Sanders’ birthplace and also serves as the site of Clinton’s campaign headquarters.

Confronting Sanders’ persistent calls for a final debate prior to the New York primary, the Clinton camp reversed and offered three potential dates, all three of which originally conflicted with Sanders’ planned campaign events.

The Sanders campaign objected to April 14, citing incompatibility with a planned rally in Washington Square Park earlier the same day; however, the Vermont senator’s campaign reorganized its schedule and moved the rally to April 13.

The final hurdle was removed when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio intervened and assured Mr. Sanders he could proceed with his rally on April 13 with assistance from his office.

“We hope the debate will be worth the inconvenience for thousands of New Yorkers who were planning to attend our rally on Thursday but will have to change their schedules to accommodate Secretary Clinton’s jam-packed, high-dollar, coast-to-coast schedule of fundraisers all over the country,” Michael Briggs, Sanders’ spokesman, said in a statement following the agreement of the two campaigns to debate.

The April 14 debate will be the first head-to-head meeting between the two since March 9.

Critical to both campaigns, Clinton holds a 10 point edge in the latest New York primary polls.


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