EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S DEMOCRATIC DEBATE
When is it, who's moderating, and what's it about? Follow along throughout the debate with the New Republic’s Minutes, where we’ll have all the updates and analysis you’ll need to be the smartest person at your debate watch party: http://bit.ly/1O32F1l
- •Where and when is this thing going down?Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley will face off at the third Democratic presidential debate tonight at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The debate kicks off at 8pm on ABC News, which is co-hosting with the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Union Leader.
- •Who's asking the questions?ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir and chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate.
- •Will this be all national security and data scandals?While ABC hasn’t announced a topic focus, the attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, and Colorado will surely play a prominent part in shaping the debate. Sanders will also have to answer for his campaign’s data breach controversy.
- •What about everything else?Clinton is doing an economic balancing act, touting the recovery under President Obama while also acknowledging Americans’ pessimism about the future. And while climate issues at least have a shot at making it onto the Democratic debate state, Clinton still makes environmentalists nervous. The senator from Vermont is leading Clinton by two points in the latest New Hampshire polls and pushing forward his message of inequality, but he's still going into this debate with a black spot on his record.
- •And O'Malley?While the former Maryland governor is polling in the mere single digits, he can still play a vital role at the debate by placing the right-wing appeal to paranoia in its proper context, and then rejecting it forcefully.