When Hillary Clinton was running against Barack Obama in 2008 she claimed that a candidate for president should be willing to debate “anytime, anywhere.”
This conflicts with her unwillingness to debate in New York, which Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders has called for in New York. Clinton’s campaign has responded by calling it a “stunt” by a “struggling campaign.” They have also stated that they will have no further debates until Sanders changes his “tone.” This has launched the hashtag #ToneDownForWhat on social media.
In 2008, Clinton called for a “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate with Obama, after the two had debated 26 times already, over three times the number of debates that Sanders and Clinton have had so far.
Here is what Clinton said in ’08. You can watch the video of her remarks below:
I just believe that this is the most important job in the world, it’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.
So will 2016 Clinton listen to 2008 Clinton, or does the “anytime, anywhere” rule only apply if you’re losing?
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