- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Following Sen. Bernard Sander’s victory in Wisconsin, the rivalry has intensified between the Democratic presidential hopefuls. There’s always room for one more confrontation, however. CNN has convinced Mr. Sanders and his sole competition, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to face off at a live debate from the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14,  just five days before the all-important New York primary. The Democratic National Committee has officially sanctioned the bout.

“It sets up a showdown in New York with Sanders pushing hard to earn as much of the huge 291 delegate pot as he can,” said Presidential Election News, a news and commentary site focused on the 2016 race.

The candidates have not squared off on a stage for almost a month. The two-hour event will be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blizer, with help from CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and commentator Errol Louis, who hosts his own show on NY1, the city’s local news channel. The debate will air on both networks.

Prominent locals had a hand in the agreement. Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio urged both sides to agree on the date and time, and he even offered to help Mr. Sanders secure any permits he needs for a future rally in the city.

Brooklyn has it own benefits, meanwhile. It’s Mr. Sander’s home town and the location of Mrs. Clinton’s 80,000-square-foot campaign headquarters. Organizers have chosen the spectacular Duggal Greenhouse for the showdown. The event venue itself is on par with the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California — site of a particularly dramatic Republican debate in September.

The Duggal Greenhouse is a soaring building with 70-foot ceilings, walls of glass and steel, plus views of water and skyline. It boasts industrial chic style and comes complete with solar energy and “organic air purification,” among other things. “Guests may arrive by ground transportation or yacht,” the site advises. Former President Bill Clinton and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg both have spoken here.


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