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Bernie challenges Hillary to debate in Brooklyn!

Bring it to Brooklyn: Bernie Sanders wants to see this happen in the borough of Kings.
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Brooklyn won’t host the this year’s Democratic National Convention, but it could stage a Democratic debate!

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont) on Saturday challenged fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a war of words on Kings County turf ahead of the New York presidential primary in April.

“Why won’t they debate in Brooklyn? What’s the matter with Brooklyn?” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement.

Both campaigns just agreed to add four more debates to their schedule — pending party approval — but are still negotiating over dates and locations. In its latest statement, Sanders’ camp laid out its terms: it will accept Clinton’s demand to wrangle in Flint, Mich. in March if the former secretary of state agrees to one in the borough of Kings the following month.

“We are pleased to do it on March 3 before the Michigan primary provided the Clinton campaign will agree to Brooklyn, New York, on April 14,” Weaver said.

Both parties boast solid Brooklyn bona fides.

Sanders was born and raised in Flatbush, attending PS 197 in Midwood and James Madison High School in Sheepshead Bay, as well as studying for a year at Brooklyn College, before making the inconceivable decision to leave the borough.

Clinton stationed her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn Heights — though reportedly hasn’t spent a lot of time there since creating this video of her walking the brownstone streets — and sometimes weighed in on borough issues during her time as a senator for New York — including slamming development in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Clinton proved particularly popular with voters in waterfront neighborhoods and Park Slope — former Sloper Mayor DeBlasio is out door-knocking for her in Iowa this weekend — during her race for the 2008 nomination against President Obama.

Neither campaign responded immediately to requests for comment.

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at rbrown@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–9309. Follow her at twitter.com/rbbrown.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

LM from Shbay says:
Bernie Sanders is the independent Senator from Vermont not a democrat from Virginia. Get a fact checker.
Jan. 31, 2016, 1:58 am
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
If only community newspaper had the budgets for such things. Fortunately we have sharp readers.
Jan. 31, 2016, 2:27 am
Howard says:
I am a Hillary supporter, but if Wilhelm DeBlasio knocked on my door in favor of her, I might reconsider. Ugh, he's just awful.
Jan. 31, 2016, 10:04 am
Howard says:
I am a Hillary supporter, but if Wilhelm DeBlasio knocked on my door in favor of her, I might reconsider. Ugh, he's just awful.
Jan. 31, 2016, 10:04 am
Bill from Plano, Texas says:
Debates are great but should not be rigged. Questions should come from voters, not debate hosts and there should be a follow up from the voter commenting if she or he had answered the question or just made a irrelevant speech. Better yet, voter who ask the questions should be able to stop the irrelevant speech.
I have a question for Sanders-In your calculations what are the odds that your idea can be implemented?
For Clinton- What kind of Secretary of State never had a need to send or receive classified emails? Does the President walks to your office and whisper into your ears instead of emailing?
Jan. 31, 2016, 10:04 am
FarFarLeft from Plano, Texas says:
Debates are great but should not be rigged. Questions should come from voters, not debate hosts and there should be a follow up from the voter commenting if she or he had answered the question or just made a irrelevant speech. Better yet, voter who ask the questions should be able to stop the irrelevant speech.
I have a question for Sanders-In your calculations what are the odds that your idea can be implemented?
For Clinton- What kind of Secretary of State never had a need to send or receive classified emails? Does the President walks to your office and whisper into your ears instead of emailing?
Jan. 31, 2016, 10:04 am
FarFarLeft from Plano, Tx says:
Debates are great but should not be rigged like most are!
I have a question for Sanders-In your calculations, what are the odds that your idea can be implemented?
For Clinton-Does the President walk to your office and whisper into your ears when he has a classified item to inform you since you have never sent nor received any classified emails?
Jan. 31, 2016, 10:30 am
Laurie from Greenpoint says:
Primaries are not the time to vote for the underdog.
Jan. 31, 2016, 11:34 am
michael James cobb from Fort Greene says:
Both parties boast solid Brooklyn bona fides.!!!!!!

WHAT?

I would love a debate in Brooklyn just to hear Hillary's version of a Brooklyn accent.

The biggest phony to come down the pike in many years.
Jan. 31, 2016, 12:31 pm
Laurie from Greenpoint says:
Obama was the phony. And peeps believed in him only because they hated Bush.

Sanders would just set us up for a major Republican backlash in the following elections.
Jan. 31, 2016, 12:43 pm
Peter from in Arizona desert says:
So they agreed to four more debates, and are awaiting DNC approval.

Don't worry about approval, just do it.

Didn't see Trump concerned about RNC approval for anything.
Jan. 31, 2016, 2:34 pm
Peter from in Arizona desert says:
OK, you know I live in a pretty "RED" state. Personally, I'm an Independent, but most of the folks here (not all) are Republicans. This election cycle is really different because (it's still hard for me to believe) the only two candidate names you hear mentioned are Trump and Sanders...YES, a lot of folks here are for Bernie - WHY you ask? Because he speaks FOR the people in a sensible manner. And he explains how he will pay for the programs he speaks of.
Jan. 31, 2016, 2:45 pm
Laurie from Greenpoint says:
Oh please, if you want your Facebook revolution, I suggest you go spend some time in Egypt.

Peter, I bet you are a pseudo hippie, living off the grid, burning 'green' biodeisel to fuel your Internet habit.
Jan. 31, 2016, 3:10 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Laurie from Greenpoint reminds me of Hillary Clinton... yuck.
Jan. 31, 2016, 3:21 pm
Laurie from Greenpoint says:
I'm actually am very delicious.
Jan. 31, 2016, 3:43 pm
Trollersk from Moving Target says:
Trump troll should do better job than calling Obama a phony. Sort of like forgetting to put on your uniform before showing your face in public.
Jan. 31, 2016, 8:30 pm
Peter from in Arizona desert says:
Hey Laurie, sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Had people over for BBQ. Yes, of course we would have enjoyed some grilled rattler, but they're all in the ground til things warm up. Instead I did a leg of lamb. Turned out great.

Anyway, back to answering your guess about me ... no, no hippie wanna-be. I shop in grocery stores and use commercial power.

Vote your mind - and your gut instinct. Gut instincts are normally right.
Jan. 31, 2016, 9:30 pm
Daniel from Sheepshead Bay says:
Laurie from Greenpoint Primaries are for Voters to Vote for the Candidate of their choice just as I did for Barrack Obama whom was also called an underdog, but he turned out to be a great President. I would Vote for Hillary only if she's the Candidate because I won't vote for a Republican, but otherwise I'm voting for Bernie !
Feb. 1, 2016, 1:10 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Bernie: "Ask not what your country can do for you - demand it!"
Feb. 1, 2016, 6:28 am
Laurie from Greenpoint says:
Peter, So not only is your presence compromising to the desert night sky, it too compromises the freedom of anonymity, through subversive harassment. I wonder what other freedoms you've compromised?
Feb. 1, 2016, 12:17 pm
samir kabir from downtown says:
Masjid Farouq on Atlantic Avenue.
Feb. 1, 2016, 2 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
BAM or St. Francis College or Plymouth Church.
Feb. 1, 2016, 10:42 pm
Tima from Bedford Stuyvesant says:
BERNIE SANDERS IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WORTHY OF PRESIDENCY. Hilary and Trump can only sway uneducated, racist, arrogant, and selfish people... People who don't know how to do research. If you actually did research and saw who Hilary Clinton works for, you would know that she is just as diabolical as trump and his cheap a** hair weaves.
March 30, 2016, 3:48 am

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