Live Blog: Univision Democratic Debate

By Mark Joyella 

Tonight, the Democrats meet in Miami for the first time since Bernie Sanders surprised Hillary Clinton with a win in Tuesday’s Michigan primary.

The last time the two candidates met, Clinton attacked Sanders, suggesting he voted against the auto bailout. Sanders called it a misleading cheap shot–and it may have helped him in Michigan.

Will things be fiery tonight with two big states, Florida and Ohio, coming up?


The debate is being held at Miami Dade College, and we have three networks at play tonight, with the debate airing live in Spanish on Univision and simulcast in English on Fusion and CNN.

The moderators Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos of Univision, with additional questions from Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post.

Not sure what to make of tonight’s debate? Here are Three Things to Watch, from NPR.

Or, how about Four Things to Watch, from McClatchy.

Can we get FIVE THINGS? Of course we can. Here: Five Things to Watch, from ABC News.

9:00 p.m. ET: Yes, Spanish The fact that Univision is producing the debate seems to have stunned some folks watching–wait, what’s happening are they speaking Spanish? Yes. And while the translation was clumsy, the debate itself will be in wall-to-wall English.

9:13 p.m. ET: Ramos Disclosure Jorge Ramos, before asking Clinton a question, discloses his daughter’s job working for her campaign. Here’s the backstory.

9:20 p.m. ET: Tough Questions In 20 minutes, Clinton has been asked if Donald Trump is a racist, if she would end her campaign if she is indicted, and how she failed in Michigan.

9:40 p.m. ET: The Debate So Far The questions–and, especially, the follow-ups–have been excellent. Candidates have been forced to address the actual questions, with each moderator having the ability to return several times to the original question.

The producing–letting the candidates follow up, engage, answer questions and ask questions of each other–has resulted in a very informative and effective debate. There have been few (if any?) moments of clunky time-calling as in previous debates.

Needs work: some of the audio work has been sloppy, with both Sanders and Clinton at times speaking without their microphones being open.

9:50 p.m. ET: A Mother and Her Children Lucía, an immigrant from Guatemala, told her story of raising five children alone after her husband was deported. She asked the candidates what they can do to help reunite families.

10:03 p.m. ET: Benghazi Gets Boos When Jorge Ramos begins asking a question about Benghazi to Mrs. Clinton, the audience boos–a lot.

10:55 p.m. ET: Closing Statements Both candidates thank Univision and The Washington Post for a lively debate. And that it was.

11:00 p.m. ET: The Debate Has Ended. Go in peace.