According to an article on The Hill, Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist, Joel Benenson, was asked in an interview with CNN if there would be a debate between Clinton and her opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in New York, prior to the April 19 primary.
Skirting the question, Benenson intimated the answer would depend on the tone of the Sanders campaign. Benenson accused Sanders of running negative campaign ads, although he had promised he would not do so. Benenson told CNN, “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”
In primaries held over the weekend, Sanders won 73 percent of the vote in Washington state as well as 82 percent in Alaska. With most of the precincts counted, Sanders was expected to walk away with 71 percent of Hawaii’s Democratic vote.
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Following these results, Sanders called for a debate in New York with Clinton.
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Clinton and Sanders participated in a debate earlier in March and according to a letter from the Sanders campaign, a debate in California is to be held in May; however, a New York debate has not been agreed upon.
During the interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, Benenson was asked, “What’s the risk?” To which he responded, “There’s no risk. She’s done very well in the debates.”
Benenson went on to say, “Sen. Sanders doesn’t get to decide when we debate, particularly when he’s running a very negative campaign against us. 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.”
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