Tonight, we’re in Flint, Mich., with the candidates: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and challenger Bernie Sanders.
The moderator tonight is Anderson Cooper, and CNN’s Don Lemon will also be on hand to ask questions. The hashtag, again, is #DemDebate.
CNN describes tonight’s debate as a “showdown,” due to the state of the race:
Their showdown comes a day after Sanders pulled off morale-boosting Super Saturday victories in caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska, doubling up on Clinton, who won one matchup — the Louisiana primary.
Yet such is the math of the presidential nominating process that Clinton won 57 pledged delegates to the 50 hauled in by Sanders, and so extended her lead in the overall Democratic presidential race.
Sanders noted that the people of Flint “are paying three times more for poison water than what I’m paying in Burlington, Vermont for clean water.”
8:27 p.m. ET: Testy Exchange Over the Auto Bailout Clinton accuses Sanders of voting against the auto bailout. He says “you mean the Wall Street bailout?” When she interjects, Sanders says “excuse me, I’m talking.” Some in the crowd boo.
This is a good debate — one of the best imo. They’re both pissed off, and they’re both making it count.
— Elizabeth Bruenig (@ebruenig) March 7, 2016
Obama has a ≈80% approval rating among Democratic voters.
Hillary is smart to defend his policies against Bernie’s attacks. #DemDebate
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) March 7, 2016
Anderson Cooper has stepped in at least twice to interject perspective on what the candidates are discussing, including some background on Flint, and helping to define what the Import-Export Bank does.
.@AndersonCooper is really good at this. Not many moderators do on the fly informing for viewers.
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) March 7, 2016
Anderson Cooper is doing really, really well tonight. Credit where it’s due. #DemDebate
— Thomas Sadoski (@ThomasSadoski) March 7, 2016
Anderson Cooper should be moderating every debate. #DemDebate
— Troy Osinoff (@yo) March 7, 2016
8:50 p.m. ET: Guns Gene Kopf, whose daughter was seriously wounded in a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo asks a question of the candidates on addressing gun violence.
This debate has the best real people asking questions lineup I’ve seen so far.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) March 7, 2016
9:14 p.m. ET: Race in America Asked about race, Senator Sanders concedes that his personal experience does not give him direct knowledge of racism. Sanders uses the word “ghetto,” and some on Twitter, including MSNBC’s Joy Reid, cringe.
Not sure how the Sanders line that white people in America “don’t know what it’s like to live in the ghetto” will land. #DemDebate
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 7, 2016
9:45 p.m. ET: Interruptions! There are only two Democrats on stage, and two hours allotted for the debate. So why does Anderson Cooper keep holding the candidates so strictly to time?
Why does Anderson Cooper keep interrupting? Please stop
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) March 7, 2016
10:00 p.m. ET: The Debate Has Ended Go in peace.