Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., March 12, 2016.
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More Dem debates? Sanders wants another chance at Clinton


It’s no secret that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, has been vocal during the primary season about wanting more Democratic debates. On Sunday he continued to echo these concerns during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

When asked directly whether he was worried that former Sec. Hillary Clinton would not debate him anymore, Sanders affirmed, “I do have a little bit of concern about that. But I certainly would like to see a debate in New York State.”

Throughout the interview, Sanders stressed that one of his campaign’s main goals is differentiating himself from Clinton. More debates, Sanders argued, would give the candidates the opportunity to speak directly to the American people and display those differences, to voters in New York especially.

“I would hope very much that as we go into New York State, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate, New York City, upstate, wherever, on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country,” said Sanders, who was born in raised in Brooklyn himself.

Currently, there are no debates scheduled before the April 19 New York Democratic primary. However, the DNC lists tentative debates in April and May on their website and Clinton’s campaign specifically agreed to debating in New York.

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