The campaigns of Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State & Senator Bernie Sanders clashed over the scheduling of a Democratic debate, on Saturday.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the 2 campaigns were demanding to schedule a debate before the New York’s 19th April primary.
However, Hillary Clinton’s team said on Saturday that Bernie Sanders had rejected 3 dates — April 17th, 4th & 14th— for the debates.
Brian Fallon, a Hillary Clinton representative, said that Bernie Sanders campaign had originally told them they were open to the dates between the Wisconsin primary on 5th April & New York’s 19 April primary.
“Both offers for the night of 14th April & the morning of 15th April still remain,” said Fallon in a statement.
“The Bernie Sanders campaign needs to stop using the New York primary as a playground for political games & negative attacks against Clinton,” he added.
Michael Briggs, the Bernie Sanders spokesperson, responded in a statement that the dates & the venues proposed by Hillary Clinton’s camp “do not make a whole lot of sense.”
Briggs further said that it was “ludicrous” to hold a debate on 4th April, that is the night of NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
“We hope we can reach an agreement in the near future,” said Michael Briggs
It is not the first time that the 2 campaigns have differed over a debate schedule.
As the 2 sides publicly disputed about scheduling debates back in Jan, the Hillary Clinton campaign had sent out a press release saying that “there’s nothing worse than a debate about the debates.”