Hillary Clinton's Campaign Says Bernie Sanders 'Rejected' NY Debate Dates

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 0:30 AM

Clinton'south campaign said in a statement that it offered April four as the first potential date, but the Sanders team wanted instead to schedule the debate after the WI primary on April five.

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Says Bernie Sanders 'Rejected' NY Debate Dates

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton'south campaign said Saturday that rival Bernie Sanders has rejected three proposed debate dates ahead of the NY primary on April nineteen — marking the latest dustup in an increasingly heated fight for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton'south campaign said in a statement that it offered April four as the first potential date, but the Sanders team wanted instead to schedule the debate after the WI primary on April five. Clinton executive then suggested April fourteen and April fifteen as possibilities and are hopeful Sanders will arrive to accept one of these dates.

"The Sanders campaign needs to stop with the games," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote. "The Sanders campaign needs to stop using the NY primary as a playground for political games and negative attacks against Hillary Clinton. The voters of NY deserve better."

The proposed debate on April fifteen would be on ABC'south "Good Morning America," Fallon explained, but "that, too, was rejected."

"Unfortunately, the dates and venues [Clinton] has proposed don't create a whole lot of sense," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs responded in a statement. "The idea that they wish a debate in NY on a night of the NCAA finals — with Syracuse in the tournament, number less — is ludicrous. We've proposed other dates, which they've rejected. We hope we can reach agreement in the near future."

The championship game of the NCAA men'south basketball tournament referenced by Briggs is scheduled for April four, the initial date proposed by Clinton'south team, who says they offered a time that'd have ensured that the debate ended before the game started that evening. The NCAA game'south tipoff is scheduled for 9:18 p. m. ET, and past Democratic debates have running late, seldom starting before eight p. m. ET. It'south not clear what time the Clinton campaign proposed to avert a debate running into the basketball game.

This is the newest tussle in a Democratic primary that'south been plagued by debate drama.

Just latest month, Sanders challenged Clinton to a debate in Brooklyn.

"I would hope very much that as we go into NY state, Secretary Clinton'south residence state, that we'll have a debate — NY City or upstate, wherever — on the necessary issues facing NY and, in fact, the country," the VT senator told Chuck Todd in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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