MSNBC is billing tonight’s Democratic debate as the first one-on-one showdown between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. The network is technically correct, since the two Democratic presidential candidates just participated in a CNN Town Hall, but it wasn’t a debate.
Tonight’s event should finally offer Clinton and Sanders their first opportunity to square off following their virtual tie in the recent Iowa Caucus.
NBC News’ Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will moderate the event from the University of New Hampshire. It will be the final public appearance for Sanders before he hosts “Saturday Night Live” this weekend — oh, wait — nevermind. That’s actually Larry David.
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It appears the setup is nice and intimate:
Some people are already coming strong with the jokes:
6 PT: And we’re off. Todd and Maddow are explaining tonight’s event. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall is ready.
6:03 PT: OK, Frank:
6:04 PT: Sanders’ outfit is already being made fun of:
6:08 PT: What if it’s an insurance commercial?
6:12 PT: Some people are skeptical thus far:
6:16 PT: We don’t even know what to say about this one:
6:17 PT: Some viewers are happy so far:
6:18 PT: Meanwhile…
6:21 PT: It’s getting interesting:
6:25 PT: Hillary just got PISSED:
6:33 PT: Here you go:
6:35 PT: How does she tweet while on live TV without a phone in her hand?
9:36 PT: It’s heating up again:
6:45 PT: All they’re talking about is Wall Street:
6:53 PT: It appears to be halftime… we hope Hillary makes it back from the bathroom in time.
6:54 PT: She made it. Also, it’s easier to moderate with only two candidates:
7 PT: Oh wow, some non-Wall Street talk:
7:17 PT: Somewhere, somebody playing the Goldman drinking game is wasted:
7:23 PT: Iowa drama!
7:32 PT: Clinton email talk time!
7:41 PT: How many more Democratic debates are there?
7:43 PT: It’s scheduled to be wrapping up shortly:
7:52 PT: Todd promises to squeeze in a bunch of question in the next few minutes. Is this going to be the lightning round?
7:55 PT: It’s the “home stretch” according to MSNBC.
8 PT: They’re officially running late
8:01 PT: Clinton will consider Sanders as a running mate. We think. It’s mutual. We think. Goodnight everybody!