Clinton, Sanders Reach Deal for 4 More Debates

O'Malley happy to debate 'any time, anywhere'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2016 12:53 PM CST
Clinton, Sanders Reach Deal for 4 More Debates
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed to four more debates.   (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

After months of complaints, Bernie Sanders appears primed to get his wish: additional debates. The Hill reports Sanders and Hillary Clinton have reached an agreement to hold four more debates, starting with an unsanctioned-by-the-DNC event on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire. The deal was actually spurred by Clinton, who pushed for the New Hampshire debate after polls showed her trailing there, according to Politico. The next official debate was not scheduled until Feb. 11, two days after the vote in New Hampshire. Sanders agreed to the New Hampshire debate as long as three additional debates were added. "We are looking forward to four additional debates,” a Sanders campaign source tells BuzzFeed.

Sanders has been pushing for more debates for months now, Politico reports. Prior to this agreement—which the DNC has yet to sign off on—there were only six scheduled Democratic debates. Dates and locations haven't been decided, but the Sanders and Clinton campaigns appear to want one each in March, April, and May. And BuzzFeed notes Martin O'Malley just wants to debate "any time, anywhere." (More presidential debate stories.)

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