The duo accepted CNN’s offer to hold the debate in the run-up to the April 19 primary, the network said Monday.
The announcement ended days of acrimonious negotiations, with both sides accusing each other of playing games with the proposed forum. Sanders’s campaign said it agreed to move a major New York City rally scheduled for April 14 to the night before so Sanders could attend the debate.
Trailing in the race for the Democratic nomination for the White House, Sanders has been pushing for a debate in New York, where he lags in opinion polls.
“We are glad that she finally has agreed,” said Michael Briggs, Sanders’s spokesman.
“Sanders all along has pressed for a debate on television in prime time so the greatest number of New Yorkers and Americans may listen to the candidates and decide for themselves who has the best ideas about how to reform our rigged economy and the corrupt campaign finance system.”
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist originally from Brooklyn, is hanging on in the race for the party ticket and has recently enjoyed a string of primary successes.
Clinton, a former New York senator, holds a significant lead over Sanders among delegates, but the Vermont senator is hoping a win in Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin will build more momentum against Clinton in her adopted home state.
He will need to replicate that in the remaining states with the three largest delegate allocations — California, New York and Pennsylvania — if he is to stand any hope of beating the former secretary of state to the party nomination.
Democrats have held eight previous debates. This will be the first since March 9 in Miami.
Summarised from: Reuters