After much discussion, Democratic candidates Senator Bernie Sander and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are scheduled to debate on April 14th, just days before the New York Primary. This debate will take place at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with a view of both Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will be hosting this Presidential primary debate and it will be aired by CNN from 9 PM to 11 PM Eastern time. Questions will also be asked by CNN’s Dana Bash and NY1’s Errol Louis. NY1 will be broadcasting the debate as well.
Both Sanders and Clinton have history in Brooklyn, which could lead to an overwhelming turn out at the debate and high viewership. Senator Sanders comes from Flatbush, Brooklyn with a working-class background. He was, in fact, the one who challenged Clinton to the debate and after much convincing , the Clinton campaign agreed. Clinton’s campaign is supposedly headquartered in Brooklyn, therefore making the location of the debate a prime spot for her too. Though, according to Time, Clinton supposedly works out of Manhattan offices when she is in New York.
The last time the two have faced off in a debate was March 9th at Miami Dade College in Florida. The significance of this debate lies in the fact that it is only shortly before the New York state primary, which will occur on April 19th. Clinton is ahead of Senator 54% to 42% in the Empire State, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday March 31st. Though there is an apparent lead, this debate could potentially change the minds of many voters still on the fence for Clinton.