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Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Liveblogging the eighth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest

Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the eighth Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watch­ing and shar­ing impres­sions of the debate as it pro­gress­es. This debate is being held in Mia­mi, Flori­da, and is being broad­cast by Uni­vi­sion and CNN.

You can livestream the debate from Uni­v­sion’s web­site. There are both Eng­lish and Span­ish livestreams. 

There are two can­di­dates left seek­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion for Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States: Hillary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders.

Tonight’s debate will be the sec­ond since Super Tuesday.

The mod­er­a­tors are Maria Ele­na Sali­nas and Jorge Ramos from Uni­vi­sion and Karen Tumul­ty from The Wash­ing­ton Post.

We will begin our live cov­er­age at 6 PM, when the can­di­dates take the stage.

UPDATE, 6:09 PM: We’re off and run­ning with Hillary Clin­ton’s open­ing state­ment. Though the mod­er­a­tors are speak­ing in Span­ish and Eng­lish, the can­di­dates are speak­ing in Eng­lish. Clin­ton empha­sized job cre­ation and com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform in her remarks. Sanders also empha­sized com­bat­ing the cli­mate crisis.

UPDATE, 6:11 PM: First ques­tion went Hillary Clin­ton. “What went wrong in Michi­gan?” Uni­vi­sion asked. Clin­ton smiled and point­ed out that she won most of the del­e­gates and votes over­all last night. She not­ed that Sanders has been run­ning a com­pet­i­tive cam­paign through­out the nom­i­nat­ing season.

UPDATE, 6:13 PM: Ugh, an emails ques­tion. Come on, Uni­vi­sion. Enough.

UPDATE, 6:15 PM: What is this — Fox Noise Chan­nel or Uni­vi­sion? Seri­ous­ly — Jorge Ramos just asked Hillary Clin­ton: “If you get indict­ed, will you drop out?”

Clin­ton refused to dig­ni­fy it with a response.

UPDATE, 6:19 PM: We’re still not talk­ing about issues. Instead, we’re talk­ing Trump. Is he a racist? Karen Tumul­ty asked. Both can­di­dates crit­i­cized Trump when giv­ing their answers, but refused to sim­ply say, “Yes, Trump is a racist.”

UPDATE, 6:21 PM: We’ve moved on to the top­ic of com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform. Clin­ton says, “I’m staunch­ly in favor… and have been so over the course of my career.” It’s now Sanders’ turn to answer.

UPDATE, 6:27 PM: The can­di­dates are hav­ing a pret­ty sharp back-and-forth about how pro­gres­sive their posi­tions on immi­gra­tion reform are. They’ve each accused each oth­er of tak­ing posi­tions that aren’t progressive.

UPDATE, 6:28 PM: We’re head­ing to a com­mer­cial break.

UPDATE, 6:33 PM: We’re back and talk­ing about deportations.

UPDATE, 6:36 PM: “I would not deport chil­dren,” Clin­ton says in response to a ques­tion from Ramos, adding that her posi­tion is “Stop the raids.”

UPDATE, 6:37 PM: Sanders promis­es he won’t deport children.

UPDATE, 6:39 PM: Sanders is talk­ing about the 2007 bill again. Clin­ton is accus­ing Sanders of sup­port­ing indef­i­nite deten­tion of immi­grants ten years ago.

UPDATE, 6:48 PM: Ques­tion from the floor… what would you do to stop depor­ta­tions? Sanders says we need to unite fam­i­lies, not divide fam­i­lies, cit­ing the sto­ry of a U.S. solid­er whose wife was deport­ed. Sanders called such trav­es­ties “beyond com­pre­hen­sion”. Now, turn­ing to Clin­ton — what’s your plan?

UPDATE, 6:50 PM: Clin­ton’s prais­ing the asker of the ques­tion for her courage. “It is time to bring fam­i­lies togeth­er. I don’t think there’s any doubt we must do more to let sto­ries like yours be told,” she said.

UPDATE, 6:52 PM: Karen Tumul­ty is ask­ing Clin­ton about polling that sug­gests peo­ple don’t view her as trust­wor­thy. “It’s painful for me to hear that,” Clin­ton says. “This is not easy for me.… I’m not a nat­ur­al politi­cian like my husband.”

UPDATE, 6:55 PM: Tumul­ty asks Sanders, do you think Hillary Clin­ton says one thing to Wall Street bankers and anoth­er thing in pub­lic? Sanders says we’d know for sure if she released the tran­scripts of her speeches.

UPDATE, 7:03 PM: Again, have to won­der, is this Uni­vi­sion or Fox Noise? Jorge Ramos is now ask­ing a Beng­hazi ques­tion. He had to talk over loud boo­ing from the audi­ence. After show­ing a clip, Ramos asked Clin­ton, “Did you lie to them?” (refer­ring to fam­i­lies who were killed in the attacks.)

Clin­ton pushed back hard, to loud applause.

UPDATE, 7:09 PM: Anoth­er break has come and gone.

UPDATE, 7:16 PM: The can­di­dates are talk­ing about jobs, espe­cial­ly for Lati­nos. Sanders was in the mid­dle of an answer when he was told, “Your time is up.” The mod­er­a­tors have been point­less­ly inter­rupt­ing the can­di­dates all night, and it’s been real­ly, real­ly, annoy­ing. Just let the can­di­dates debate, Univision.

UPDATE, 7:26 PM: The can­di­dates just fin­ished rehash­ing a debate they’ve had before on health­care. We’re now talk­ing about the cli­mate cri­sis… final­ly got a good ques­tion from the Uni­vi­sion moderators.

Sanders says we need a polit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion to effec­tive­ly bring down emissions.

Clin­ton says she’ll move quick­ly to invest in resilience and mit­i­ga­tion while try­ing to cut emis­sions. She says she’ll uphold Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s exec­u­tive actions on clean pow­er and clean air, which are being chal­lenged in court by Republicans.

In his sec­ond stab at the ques­tion, Sanders called for an end to frack­ing and called on Clin­ton to embrace his plan to fight the cli­mate crisis.

UPDATE, 7:32 PM: Next ques­tion is a good one. Do you agree with Eliz­a­beth War­ren’s crit­i­cism that Pres­i­dent Clin­ton and Pres­i­dent Oba­ma have relied too heav­i­ly on advi­sors from Wall Street?

UPDATE, 7:34 PM: Clin­ton says she sup­ports Tam­my Bald­win’s leg­is­la­tion to address the revolv­ing door and sug­gests Sanders should be attack­ing George W. Bush more, instead of crit­i­ciz­ing her hus­band and Pres­i­dent Obama.

UPDATE, 7:35 PM: Head­ing to anoth­er break.

UPDATE, 7:39 PM: We’re back. Next ques­tions are about Cuba. The can­di­dates are being asked if they sup­port and will con­tin­ue Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s Cuba policy.

Uni­vi­sion also had anoth­er gotcha ques­tion — this time for Sanders.

UPDATE, 7:48 PM: Next ques­tion… what qual­i­fi­ca­tions would you look for in a Supreme Court nom­i­nee? Clin­ton’s slam­ming the Repub­li­cans for say­ing he’ll refuse to con­sid­er Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s nom­i­nee to suc­ceed Jus­tice Antonin Scalia. She remind­ed the audi­ence about Bush v. Gore. Before Sanders could get a word in edge­wise, Uni­vi­sion cut to commercial.

UPDATE, 7:54 PM: Time for clos­ing state­ments. “I am going to take on those eco­nom­ic bar­ri­ers,” Clin­ton said cheer­ful­ly, thank­ing those mem­bers of the audi­ence and view­ers on Face­book who sub­mit­ted ques­tions. “I would be hon­ored to have your sup­port in the upcom­ing pri­maries on Tuesday.”

“This has been a won­der­ful debate, but time being lim­it­ed, some of the most impor­tant issues have not been asked [about],” Sanders said, pro­ceed­ing to return to his themes of income inequal­i­ty and the dom­i­nance of mon­ey in politics.

UPDATE, 7:57 PM: We’re all done. Jorge Ramos is deliv­er­ing some final remarks. Behind him and the oth­er mod­er­a­tors, we can see the audi­ence. It’s very diverse, and it def­i­nite­ly looks like a cross sec­tion of the Unit­ed States of America.

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