The news ends days of the two candidates poking at each other over their willingness to debate in New York, aka Sanders’ hometown and Clinton’s “adopted” hometown. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the faceoff, with chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 political anchor Errol Louis also asking questions from 9-11 PM ET.
Sanders kicked off the drama months ago, saying he wanted to debate Clinton in New York. Recently, however, they’ve been sparring publicly in re where and when. At least seven dates were proposed, and each camp insisted the other was trying to gum up the works. Sanders accepted an invitation from NBC News for a Sunday night primetime debate on April 10; ABC News boasted that Clinton had accepted its invitation to debate on Good Morning America on April 15. Some rocket scientist suggested they debate tonight — opposite the NCAA Men’s College Basketball championship game.
Over the weekend, Clinton’s camp planted its flag onto April 14; Sanders held firm on Brooklyn. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio jumped in on the fun, vowing to fast-track any permits needed to make sure it came off.
The CNN debate will be held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the borough where Sanders was born and within walking distance of Clinton’s campaign headquarters. It will be the first time the two have debated on stage since March 9 in that head-scratcher of a Univision/Washington Post debate.