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Clinton, Sanders Face Off In New York Debate

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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take their increasingly acrimonious battle to win the Democratic nomination for the White House to the debate stage Thursday ahead of the key New York primary.

The former secretary of state holds a double-digit lead over the Vermont senator in the New York polls and needs a big win in next Tuesday’s primary after losing seven of the last eight contests to her leftist rival.

The Brooklyn-born Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, is similarly dreaming of a shock win in Clinton’s adopted home state to keep alive his dream of wresting the nomination from the Democratic frontrunner.

It makes for a dramatic showdown on the debate stage in Brooklyn, the borough where Sanders was born and raised, and which Clinton has made her national campaign headquarters.

Addressing what his team said was a crowd of 27,000 in Manhattan on Wednesday, Sanders attacked Clinton for her ties to Wall Street, her support for trade deals that have cost US jobs and for the 2003 Iraq invasion.

“This is going to be a tough primary for us but when I look at the thousands of people who are here… I think that if we have a large voter turnout on Tuesday we’re going to win this state,” he told the giant rally in Washington Square.

Clinton meanwhile is likely to drill Sanders on specifics about how he could enact his promise of political revolution after accusing him of being unable to give straight answers.

“I think it will be lively,” she predicted of the debate, their first since March 9 and scheduled at Sanders’ insistence as he looks to close his trailing gap behind the former first lady.