Democrats face off in NBC News-YouTube debate
CHARLESTON, SC - The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates gathered for their first debate of 2016 here Sunday night – and there were fireworks. Photographer Mark Peterson was on the ground capturing the scene at the NBC News/YouTube debate.
In the time leading up to the fourth Democratic debate, which was also the first one of 2016 and the last one before voters finally weigh in, it appeared it could be the most heated and consequential face off yet.
With just 14 days to go before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, polls have unexpectedly tightened between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, making the caucuses and New Hampshire’s Feb. 8 primary — and thus the entire nominating contest — look for the moment like a virtual dead heat. And as the gap between the candidates has closed, the fighting between them has intensified.
Even though the candidates have faced off three times before, Sunday night’s debate, hosted by NBC News and the Congressional Black Caucus, gave voters the purest look at the differences between the candidates thus far.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.