Bernie Sanders says the reason the Clinton campaign wants more debates is because “they’re getting a little bit nervous.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, Sanders noted “the nature of this campaign has changed a little bit” and chided Clinton for “suddenly” being interested in more debates. (RELATED: Clinton Narrowly Tops Sanders In Iowa)
When asked by co-host Mika Brzezinski if he would be participating in Thursday’s debate with Clinton, Sanders said, “The answer is yes, and you know that I have always wanted more debates and Secretary Clinton in the beginning was not so interested in more debates. Now suddenly they’re very interested in more debates. What I wanted to see is on top of New Hampshire three more debates. We were talking about California, Michigan, and I wanted New York City.”
“Secretary Clinton represented New York seven years in the Senate,” Sanders explained. “I thought it would be a good idea. For some reason she’s not interested in debating in New York.”
“Why are they suddenly interested in more debates,” Brzezinski asked, noting, “You said that with a little sly smile.”
“Well, golly gee, I don’t know. It may have — it may have something to do with the fact that the — that the nature of this campaign has changed a little bit and now they’re getting a little bit nervous, but it was interesting, as you’ll recall, way back when [the] DNC said six debates, we had no input into that,” Sanders said.
“Clinton said, ‘Hey, that’s great, that’s fine [to the limited debate schedule].’ Now they want more debates. That’s fine. I love debates.”
According to The Hill, the DNC and MSNBC have reached a tentative agreement for a debate at Thursday at 9 p.m. moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.