First Democratic presidential debate in Vegas- is here

By George Miller & Marc Langsam, Las Vegas- 10-13-15

 We are here today and tonight for the five-way debate, among Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb ad Lincoln Chafee. At his press conference today, Harry Reid told us Joe Biden would not be here.

Watch the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 pm PT) live on CNN and CNNgo; join the conversation at #DemDebateWe will post an in depth report on the debate when we’re back in Ventura County, CA.

Our stotry on Harry Reid’s teleconference is up on A story on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman’s roundtable will follow tomorrow.

Editor’s note: has been credentialed by CNN to cover the Tuesday debate at Wynn’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Publisher George Miller and Photographer Marc Langsam are on site. They will not attempt to cover it live, but will be providing in-depth coverage and photos.


 Washington (CNN) CNN and the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the network will host the first Democratic primary debate in Nevada on October 13, at Wynn’s Hotel and Casino.

CNN’s is the first of six planned that the Democratic Party announced. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the schedule will give Democratic voters plenty of time to vet the candidates, though some Democratic candidates are already complaining there should be more debates.

“With six debates scheduled  —  at a pace of roughly one per month  —  voters will have ample opportunities to hear our candidates discuss their visions for our country’s future,” Wasserman Schultz wrote Thursday in a post on Medium.

The other five debates will be hosted by:

  • CBS, KCCI and The Des Moines Register in Iowa on November 14
  • ABC and WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire on December 19
  • NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina on January 17
  • And two more will be hosted in either February or March: One by Univision and The Washington Post in Miami, Florida, and another by PBS in Wisconsin.

The field of major Democratic candidates is significantly smaller than the 17-member Republican one, at five candidates, and it’s been dominated by front-runner Hillary Clinton. But that hasn’t stopped candidates like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from running neck-and-neck with Clinton in New Hampshire or former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley from arguing voters are being shut out.

Bill Hyers, senior O’Malley strategist, urged supporters Thursday to tweet their anger at the party limiting debates in an email sent shortly after the schedule was announced

“It’s ridiculous,” Hyers wrote, noting that Democrats held 15 primary debates in 2004 and 25 debates in 2008. “The campaign for presidency should be about giving voters an opportunity to hear from every candidate and decide on the issues, not stacking the deck in favor of a chosen candidate.”

The announcement also adds to the trio of Republican debates CNN is hosting, the first of which was September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Media Spin Room Photo Credit: Marc Langsam

Media Spin Room
Photo Credit: Marc Langsam



George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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2 Responses to First Democratic presidential debate in Vegas- is here

  1. L Tooker October 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Received from L. Tooker….

    Good debate last night. Some won, some lost.

    Secretary Clinton protested that the Select Committee on Benghazi is spending $4.5 million taxpayers’ money to investigate why our Ambassador, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and two CIA contractors were allowed to be assassinated. Yep, a lot of money. In fact, it’s 36 seconds out of the national budget…

    The U.S. 2015 Federal Budget is $3.9 trillion. That is $3,900,000,000,000. That is also $124,008 per second, of every day, around the clock, 24-7. Everybody knows that, right?

    The Committee is using 36 seconds out of the national budget to find out how it happened and why we failed to protect them. To me, sounds like a bargain. The cost of truth.

    During the 180 minutes of the debate, the government spent $1.339 billion, ($7,440,476 per minute),
    297 times the cost of the Committee on the Assassination of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

    It took two years to obtain truth and justice in Watergate – and no one even died.
    Do we owe a Benghazi inquiry any less effort? $4.5 million. A bargain.


  2. William "Bill" Hicks October 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    6 debates to make it look less than a coronation to hillary.


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