The political spotlight is heading to Flint, Michigan as CNN will host a debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on March 6.
CNN announced that they will be hosting and internationally televising the debate from Flint:
The internationally televised event on March 6 will take place two days before the Michigan and Mississippi primaries and is part of a broader deal reached by Clinton and Sanders to add more DNC-sanctioned presidential primary debates to the schedule.
“Our Democratic candidates have run spirited campaigns focused on how to best move our country forward, and our upcoming debate in Flint, Michigan is a critical setting to highlight what’s at stake in these elections,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “This debate is an opportunity to elevate the very serious issues facing the residents of Flint, and it’s also an opportunity to remind voters what Democratic leadership can do for the economy — so that everyone in America has a fair shot.”
This will be a rare presidential debate that is less about the candidates running for the presidential nomination. The debate will be used to bring pressure and attention to the crisis in Flint.
The Clinton campaign first proposed that Democrats debate in Flint. The Clinton camp suggested that a debate be used to bring attention to the crisis in Flint, “We’ve agreed to an additional debate in NH and are currently in discussions to agree to additional debates – we think one of them should be in Flint. We should use the spotlight of the presidential campaign to keep the focus on Flint, and to lift up the historic underlying issues that Flint and too many other predominantly low-income communities of color across America are struggling with every day.”
Hopefully, Clinton and Sanders will get the chance to contrast themselves with their potential Republican opponents and show the world the difference between Democrats and Republicans on the basic issue of public health and welfare.
In less than a month, the eyes of the world will be on Flint as Democrats are using their presidential debate platform in an honorable way to call attention to the worst public health crisis in modern American history.