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The closing arguments before the Iowa Democratic caucus will be made tonight during a CNN town hall in Des Moines — one week before the first-in-the-nation votes are cast at the Iowa caucuses.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will appear first, followed by ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN announced Monday. Each will have 30 minutes onstage at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium and will face questions from audience members as well as CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo.
So far, candidates have been asked about nonsense issues and gaffes 100 percent more than they have about climate change. And last week’s NBC debate was more of the same, unfortunately: The moderator, Lestor Holt, gave only Sanders and O’Malley less than two minutes combined to answer the question, “If Americans love their SUVs, how do you change consumer behavior?” He even cut off Hillary Clinton when she tried to add her own ideas on tackling climate change!
As has been said many times since then, there are 1,000,000 better questions to ask these candidates. There are real differences between the three Democratic candidates on climate change — and real details that we deserve to hear more about.
Fortunately, there was such a furor over the last debate being scheduled for a Sunday of a holiday weekend, CNN got permission to host one more – in a town-hall format. That means we’ve got a good chance of hearing a question on climate change, since the vast majority of Americans, and especially young voters like the ones at Drake University are demanding action on climate change.