Our long town hall nightmare shows no sign of ending. CNN, revving up to air another three hours of town hall tonight, featuring the three GOP White House hopefuls it did not get to in its three-hour town hall last night, announced this afternoon it has lined up Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a two-hour town hall on Tuesday. The event, CNN promises all you town hall-ics, allows the two Democratic candidates to take the stage and answer questions from Palmetto State voters, days before that state’s Dem primary.
This is not to be confused with tonight’s two-hour town hall on MSBNC, in which Sanders and Clinton will take the stage to answer questions from voters in the Silver State voters, two days before Nevada’s Democratic caucuses. That one’s also airing on Telemundo and will be moderated by Jose Diaz-Balart.
Next week’s CNN town hall with the Dems will be moderated by Chris Cuomo. Tonight’s CNN town hall – did we mention it’s three hours long? – is being moderated by Anderson Cooper, who also handled those duties last night.
Meanwhile, BET just announced it too has lined up Clinton and Sanders, who will take questions from BET News special correspondent Jeff Johnson and news anchor Marc Lamont. Talking Black: A BET News Special With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will premiere at 10 AM Sunday on BET and Centric. But it’s not a town hall – no questions from voters – and it’s not live, either. We already know, for instance, that Clinton, when asked about criticism she supported President Bill Clinton’s crime bill, complained: “I do think it’s a little bit cherry-picking, to be just candid with you. A lot of folks who care passionately about issues I care passionately about are, you know, writing and saying, ‘Well, you know, she was for this. She was for that.’ And I can only say, ‘My opponent voted for it. And why does he get a pass?'”
And Sanders, on the subject of Clinton and President Obama, whined: “You know, Hillary Clinton now is trying to embrace the President as closely as she possibly can. Everything the President does is wonderful. She loves the President, he loves her and all that stuff. And we know what that’s about. That’s trying to win support from the African American community where the President is enormously popular. But you know what? I have enormous respect for the President. He’s a friend. We have worked together. I think he has done a great job in many respects. But you know what? Like any other human being, he is wrong on certain issues.”