Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he'd welcome the opportunity to schedule more debates with rival candidate Hillary Clinton. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday (February 1) said he would surprised but pleased to hear that rival Hillary Clinton would like to schedule additional presidential debates. In an interview with a reporter on board his campaign bus, Sanders said Clinton was the one who had originally asked to limit the number of debates to six, and that he'd be glad to add more debates to the schedule. However, he said the meetings should be scheduled all around the country. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, made the comments just hours before Iowans were scheduled to meet to select their candidates for each party. In Iowa, Sanders and Clinton are locked in a statistical dead heat, with Clinton earning 45 percent support of likely caucus-goers compared with 42 percent for Sanders, according to a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg politics. Nationwide, Clinton leads Sanders with 51 percent support to 40 percent, according to a Jan. 27 Reuters/Ipsos poll. Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus is viewed as a key barometer of the strength of each candidate's support.