The first presidential debate spin room I've been in with an open fire. Cosy. pic.twitter.com/lb2SWFDGXu
— Dan Roberts (@RobertsDan) February 5, 2016
From the MSNBC website:
The debate, set for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, begins at 9 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by NBC News’ Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Here is what you need to know about how to watch and be a part of the experience:
The debate will air live on MSNBC, beginning at 9 p.m. ET
The Guardian‘s invaluable liveblog is here.
ETA: From the Guardian liveblog:
Here’s the value of debate prep: Sanders delivered some well-worn lines attacking Wall Street and campaign contributions from the financial industry.
But Clinton landed this piece of opposition research: Sanders voted twice to deregulate derivatives, which had a far more direct impact on the financial collapse of 2008 than Glass-Steagall. Within seconds, Clinton’s press team had emailed the research to the press corps.
Strangely Sanders let the attack pass him by, and sadly the moderators jumped to a highly-paid commercial break – a wonderful demonstration of the democracy-corrupting effects of big corporation dollars.
The hope that they would return to this line of questioning after the ads was, unfortunately, dashed.
C-Todd (of course) raised The Serious Question about Clinton’s emails. And she (IMO) hit it out of the park —
Hillary Clinton, asked if she’s confident that nothing will come of the security review of her use of private emails as secretary of state:
“I am one-hundred percent confidence. This is a security review that was requested, it is being carried it, it will be resolved.”
… aaand then she pivoted to the actual point: There’s a plethora of retroactive classification going on (she didn’t say ‘institutional CYA’ but that’s where my mind went), it’s a real problem, and it needs to be addressed in a serious way, not used as a cheap partisan talking point.
Wrap-up: Final question: If you agree on so much, would you choose your opponent to be your VP candidate?
Hillary says “Let’s not be presumptuous, get ahead of ourselves”, but Sanders “would be the first person she called”.
Sanders agrees with her, pivots to add “She’s a hundred times” more suited for the Oval Office than any one of the Republican candidates. Good for both of them!
Closing statements: Hillary says this should be “both a heart and a head” election; she understands how so many people can be frustrated with the current status, but she’s the one with the experience and the skills to get actual legislative changes. Sanders said that we need “real” change in Washington. Reams of applause for both…