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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree to more debates

The Clinton and Sanders campaigns have agreed to participate in more debates, pending DNC approval.


William Turton


Published Jan 30, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 7:12 am CDT

The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns have agreed to participate in additional debates, pending approval of the Democratic National Committee, BuzzFeed reports.

This comes after intense DNC criticism from the Sanders campaign, bemoaning the lack of debates, and debates that take place near holidays or on weekends, when viewers are less likely to tune in.

So far, there have been four democratic debates. Republicans have had seven debates. In 2008, there were 26 democratic primary debates. Currently, there are only three more democratic debates scheduled.

On Wednesday, the Sanders campaign demanded that the Clinton campaign agree to three more additional debates as a condition for asking the DNC to officially sanction the upcoming debate on Feb 4. The upcoming debate is currently unsanctioned, meaning it hasn’t been officially recognized by the DNC, and the DNC has said previously that candidates who participate in unsanctioned debates risk being disinvited from future debates.

The Sanders campaign has now agreed to participate in next week’s unsanctioned debate, according to the report. 

H/T BuzzFeed | Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Jan 30, 2016, 5:40 pm CST