Democratic presidential candidates are preparing for a debate in South Carolina tonight – and for most of them, it’s make or break as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has the momentum after victories in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses.
In great news for former VP Joe Biden? He may have finished second in Nevada, but a new poll has him leading – albeit narrowly – in South Carolina. That’s great news for his campaign as South Carolina is the site of a big primary on Saturday. The primetime debate will air on CBS starting at eight o'clock, Eastern time.
Other Democrats on the debate stage will be former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and businessman Tom Steyer.
Saturday's South Carolina primary happens just three days before Super Tuesday, where more than a dozen states will be voting. For Sanders, there’s a lot hinging on the next few days as his weekend interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” is being roundly blasted. Not only is Sanders’ inability to define paying for the various programs he’s proposing taking fire, but Sanders comments about Fidel Castro and his refusal to condemn Castro’s “revolution” have Hispanics crying foul. “Donald Trump wins Florida if Bernie is our nominee,” says state Rep. Javier Fernandez, a Democratic candidate in a majority-Hispanic state Senate district. “If Bernie Sanders is atop the ticket, it’s going to make it tougher for all of us to win in Florida.”