No NY Debate, says Clinton Campaign, Until Sanders Changes His ‘Tone’

Published on Monday, March 28, 2016 by Common Dreams

No NY Debate, says Clinton Campaign, Until Sanders Changes His ‘Tone’

Following landslide victories on Saturday in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, Sanders looks ahead to contests in Wisconsin, New York, and beyond

"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 or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country," Sanders said on Sunday. (Photo: AP)“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 or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country,” Sanders said on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist has dodged Bernie Sanders‘ call for a debate before the April 19 primary in New York, saying the former secretary of state’s response depends on whether the Vermont senator changes his “tone.”   

“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more,” Clinton operative Joel Benenson said Monday on CNN. “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”

Asked what the risk is to debating Sanders in New York, Benenson replied that there is “no risk” for Clinton but that Sanders “doesn’t get to decide” the schedule.  [Read more]

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