Join us live for the PBS #DemDebate
The two remaining Democrats — Hillary Clinton who narrowly won Iowa’s caucuses while Sen. Bernie Sanders won big in New Hampshire — will meet for another #DemDebate tonight at 9 Eastern on PBS.
This will be the sixth time the two debate, this time in Milwaukee, but the first time we see PBS Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff moderate. Bother are frequent twitter users and the debate is co-sponsored in partnership with Facebook, so we’ve got a chance to get our climate questions and tweets in front of the moderators today. We’re hosting a live stream of the event, from the Helen Bader Concert Hall on the main campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in the player below, or you can also watch on your local PBS station and keep this browser open for live commentary from our team.
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So far, we’ve been frustrated to see climate change mostly ignored by debate moderators — especially since they’ve found time to ask candidates ridiculous questions about football, their spouses, and plenty of other trivia. All the while, of course, there are plenty of good, substantive things we still need to know or could benefit from hearing the candidates discuss.
There’s reason to hope that might change tonight — both because of how close the race is between these two candidates on issues about energy and climate change, and because of the moderators:
Judy Woodruff has covered politics for more than three decades and in 2007, she completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.” That’s important because recent polls show that young voters care passionately about climate change and clean energy.
Gwen Ifill, the other moderator tonight is also the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” and moderated the Vice Presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. Now that the Supreme Court has stayed Obama’s Clean Power Plan, we’re hoping she’ll ask these candidates how they’ll defend and expand the Obama-Biden climate legacy if elected.