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Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton Debate Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton Debate Tyson Manker Veterans


NATIONAL (VFB) – Things took a strange twist this afternoon when Hillary Clinton launched her most peculiar attack yet against Bernie Sanders for -of all things- the Democratic Debate schedule.

Up to this point, Clinton has been supportive of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to stage just 6 debates, despite repeated calls from her opponents to increase that number. But with sinking poll numbers and primary days rapidly approaching, Clinton is in need of a boost and appears to have undergone a serious change of heart on the matter.

As part of a coordinated media blitz, earlier today Clinton called into MSNBC’s Hardball to talk about how “Anxious” she is now to schedule an additional debate in New Hampshire before that state’s primary.

MATTHEWS: Would you like the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to approve the MSNBC-NBC debate next week?

CLINTON: I would like the chairman of the party and the campaigns to agree that we can debate in New Hampshire next week.

Surprisingly or not, Clinton gave a different answer several months ago when Wolf Blitzer asked her a nearly identical question about extra debates.

BLITZER: Are you ready to ask the DNC to authorize more Democratic presidential debates?

CLINTON: That’s up to them. They can, you know, they made their decision.

Recall that it was Sanders not Clinton who last June made a formal request to DNC-Chair Schultz for more frequent debates. “I believe it is critical for the Democratic Party and progressive forces in America to engage voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” he wrote.

In response to Sanders’ letter, Wasserman Schultz, who served as co-chair of Clinton’s failed 2008 Presidential campaign, announced that she was “prepared to crack down on unofficial events.”

Even though 50 million more viewers have watched Republican debates, Schultz still touts her scheduling as a great success, intended she says to “maximize the opportunity for voters to see our candidates.” Now, Schultz is once again stuck in the uncomfortable position of arguing that fewer debates will somehow result in greater visibility.

On Tuesday, Schultz issued a statement saying she had “no plans to sanction any further debates” before the upcoming Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.


Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, and college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.