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After a month of refusing to debate Sanders, Hillary Clinton apparently had a change of mind and in LaCrosse, Wis., where she was campaigning, Hillary agreed to debate Sanders in Brooklyn.
Sanders — who roundly defeated Clinton in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii last Saturday and in Idaho and Utah before that — said the debate was a victory for Democratic voters and in particular voters in New York.
Previously the former First Lady wanted to debate after the New York primary was held. Then one of her campaign officials said the debate would not occur unless Sanders changed his “tone.”
No official date has been set for the debate, which will take place in Brooklyn, where Sanders was born and raised.
“We have expressed our willingness to debate in April, and the campaigns are discussing different options, including the option of a debate in N.Y. before April 19,” said Brian Fallon, the press secretary for the Clinton campaign, in an E-mail on Wednesday.
“There are private conversations happening, so there will likely be an announcement in the next few days about a new debate,” a Clinton campaign senior adviser said Wednesday. Chief Sanders strategist Tad Devine confirmed that discussions are taking place between the rival camps.
Although Clinton was a U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 until 2009, she is not a New York native. Born in Chicago and raised in in suburban Park Ridge, Ill., she spent years in Little Rock, Ark., after marrying Bill Clinton in 1975. He became Arkansas Governor in 1983 before being elected U.S. President in 1992.