Friday, November 13, 2015

Democratic Debate: Saturday Night for Fighting?

The second Democratic presidential debate will be Saturday 14 November, live from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The debate will last two hours and begins at 9 pm ET. CBS News says no opening statements. Candidates have 60 seconds to respond, 30 seconds for rebuttals and follow ups and 60 seconds for closing statements. It's on CBS TV and on CBS radio.

CBS News' John Dickerson told the Des Moines Register he plans to focus on the economy - especially wages and income inequality. Even health care, education and retirement issues will revolve on the axis of finance

After Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb dropped out shortly after the last debate, there were three left on the island: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. Clinton will stand center stage, flanked by Sanders and O'Malley

Four moderators. Dickerson takes the lead. Also CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes. And two local journalists: KCCI's Kevin Cooney and the Des Moines Register's Kathie Obradovich.

The fifth GOP debate is scheduled for Tuesday 15 December in Las Vegas - CNN / Salem Radio. The next Democratic debate is Saturday, December 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire - ABC News, the New Hampshire Democratic Party, WMUR-TV and the Union Leader - O'Malley complained that it was a day that everyone would be shopping for the holidays.

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