How to watch Democrats’ presidential debate in Flint
Two days before Michigan’s Tuesday primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will face off in the seventh primary Democratic presidential debate in Flint.
Sanders requested a Michigan debate, while Clinton pushed for specifically locating the debate in the Genesee county city whose 100,000 residents have been dealing with lead-contaminated water for a year or more.
The Democratic debate will be on the campus of the University of Michigan Flint at its Whiting Auditorium.
Debate coverage starts on CNN at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Clinton leads the Democratic race with 1,058 of the 2,383 delegates needed for the party’s nomination, compared with Sanders’ 431. Among the delegate totals, Clinton has 457 super delegates to Sanders’ 22.
Both Clinton and Sanders have made campaign visits to Flint. The former U.S. senator from New York told an African-American church in Flint last month that the lead-contaminated water crisis was “immoral” and wouldn’t have happened in a posh Michigan suburb such as Bloomfield Hills.
In a Feb. 25 trip to Flint, Sanders said “I hope people will look at Flint and say: Never again. We have seven beautiful grandchildren. And to hear what is happening in children in this community is so horrific, it is so painful, it is hard to discuss.”
He has called on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign over the crisis, since his administration’s Department of Environmental Quality has been blamed for failing to add corrosion controls when the city’s water was switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River in April 2014. He reinforced his call for Snyder to step down after some experts said it was likely the river water was the source of 87 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the past two years, resulting in nine deaths.
On Super Tuesday, Clinton won seven states including Texas and Virginia as well as American Samoa, while Sanders won four states, including Colorado, Minnesota and his home state.
The debate will be moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, with other questions from CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon and CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash.
The Democratic debates have been more mild-mannered than the Republican forums, with Clinton and Sanders taking pains to avoid personal attacks and point out policy differences.
What: 7th Democratic presidential debate
Where: Whiting Auditorium, University of Michigan Flint, in Flint, Michigan
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where to watch or listen:
On TV: CNN will broadcast the debate live
Online: Go to detroitnews.com for a live blog summarizing the debate and stories. You can also follow along with our reporters as they live tweet: