- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders said Wednesday he plans to participate in a Thursday night debate with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, amid haggling from both camps over the prospect of future debates in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary contest.

“The answer is yes,” Mr. Sanders said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked if he’d be participating in a debate with Mrs. Clinton Thursday night.

“You know that I have always wanted more debates, and Secretary Clinton in the beginning was not so interested in more debates,” Mr. Sanders said. “Now, suddenly, they’re very interested in more debates.”

The two campaigns have been negotiating over additional debates and have been in talks with the Democratic National Committee to hold more DNC-sanctioned debates, including one Thursday in New Hampshire.

One sticking point is that the Sanders campaign wanted one of the debates to be held in New York.

“What I wanted to see is on top of New Hampshire, three more debates,” Mr. Sanders said. “We were talking about California and Michigan, and I wanted New York City. Secretary Clinton represented New York seven years in the Senate; I thought it’d be a good idea. For some reason, she’s not interested in debating in New York.”

Asked why the Clinton camp is interested in more debates, Mr. Sanders said: “Well, golly gee, I don’t know.”

“It may have something to do with the fact that the nature of this campaign has changed a little bit, and now they’re getting a little bit nervous,” he said. “But it was interesting, as you recall way back when, DNC said six debates, we [had] no input into that, Secretary Clinton said hey, that’s great, that’s fine.”

“Now they want more debates. That’s fine. I love debates,” he said.


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