Right off their latest debate, a roundtable of Clinton and Sanders supporters and the question: what do Democrats want in 2016?
Everybody’s talking about the huge and consequential choice Republicans have to make in choosing from their battling field of would-be presidents. But Democrats have their own big choice to make, and it was on full display in debate again last night. In Iowa and New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton are neck and neck in the polls now. It’s a real fight. The Democratic Socialist and the party stalwart. This hour On Point, a roundtable of Sanders and Clinton supporters hash it out right here.
-- Tom Ashbrook
Linda Sutton, Bernie Sanders supporter and Olympic Peninsula Committee to Elect Bernie Sanders President 2016 page administrator. Retired middle school history teacher.
Travien Capers, Hillary Clinton supporter, and pastor at the Zion Benevolent Baptist Church in Hopkins, South Carolina.
Sgt. Colton Williams, Bernie Sanders supporter, and student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Rita Schwartz, Hillary Clinton supporter and campaign volunteer. Former director of government relations for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
From Tom’s Reading List
MSNBC: Sanders surges in debate that gets at core of Democratic divide — "Bernie Sanders dominated Sunday night’s Democratic debate here, overpowering Hillary Clinton in a format she typically controls. With polls showing Clinton on the ropes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders’ strong performance may have further imperiled Clinton’s once-inevitable path to her party’s presidential nomination."
The New Republic: You Say You Want a Revolution, Bernie? — "Sanders has convincingly argued that America needs a political revolution. And with his full-throttle 'ethics of moral conviction' Sanders is proving to be an inspiring leader in the push for that movement. But given the way American politics works now, electing Sanders won’t achieve that revolution, which is why many voters will stick to Clinton’s more plausible politics of responsibility."
POLITICO Magazine: Do the Democrats Have A Next Act? -- "The real identity crisis may be the one in the party in which none of this was supposed to happen—the party with a well-financed, brand-name candidate who suddenly finds her coronation interrupted by a 74-year-old socialist with a Brooklyn accent as thick as Junior’s Cheesecake."
This program aired on January 18, 2016.