Fresh on the heels of last night’s Town Hall from OSU featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (separately) answering questions, MSNBC is now getting theirs. And it only went up on the candidates’ schedules a couple dozen hours ago.
Once again, like on CNN last night, Sanders goes first and Clinton has the last word. But look who’s moderating the Hillary Clinton segment:
Chris Matthews WTF Yup, that’s Chris Matthews, marching next to a Hillary banner last July 4th. Last month, Esquire called “flatly astounding” an interview Matthews did with Clinton, where he couldn’t have been any more obsequious – and as willing to distort Sanders’ positions – if he was on the Clinton payroll. In fact … Matthews, whose wife is running for Congress in MD8, faces pay-to-play allegations, a lot of ties to the Clintons and their major donors and plenty of accusations that he can’t possibly be fair in his coverage of the Clinton-Sanders contest. That’s who’s interviewing Hillary; a guy known for his softballs to Hillary. And so it goes.
Town Hall much? In the Town Hall format as you know, the candidates do not address each other, and aren’t even on the stage at the same time – in fact, tonight, they’re not even in the same state. Both Sanders and Clinton have done well in the Town Hall format, particularly when taking audience questions. And the discussions are weightier and more like grownups talking than the food fights we’re used to seeing on the GOP side. Last night, both candidates addressed the violence breaking out in Trump rallies, that both agree Trump is stoking. And Sanders dispatched with Trump’s opportunistic attempts to blame Sanders voters for the fracas. Most compelling to me is their very different answers on how they would beat Trump.
At stake in Tuesday primaries: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri.