With a shocking Michigan win from Bernie Sanders injecting new competitiveness into the Democratic race for President, tonight’s CNN/Univision debate comes at a critical juncture. Sanders, who overcame a 21-point Michigan deficit to win the biggest upset in modern history, is out to prove that rumors of his imminent demise were greatly exaggerated elsewhere, too, while Hillary Clinton will try to stem the Sanders momentum while her delegate lead is still comfortable.
The debate will be broadcast by Univision, with a simulcast by CNN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will join Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos of Univision as moderators.
It’s a crucial point in the race for both candidates, as Hillary Clinton sets out to re-establish her frontrunner’s momentum and Sanders looks to prove that he can take the fight to the convention. A few topics expected to be broached:
- State of the Race: With the Michigan win, Sanders has made pledged delegates a more or less even race. The controversial unpledged delegates, though, still give Hillary a wide lead. Sanders will likely face questions about what he’d say to woo superdelegates. Likewise, both candidates should expect questions about how they’d resolve the remote but real possibility of a brokered convention.
- Black Lives Matter: The state played host to two of the movement’s flashpoint events: the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the murder of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn later that year. Florida’s key black demographic was considered a Hillary lock before Sanders took 30% of the same demographic in his Michigan win, and the subject has already been fertile ground for questions.
- FBI Investigation: Despite the famed reluctance from Sanders on the email subject, the issue is unlikely to go away, and got new life with this week’s grant of immunity to Bryan Pagliano. Neither candidate may want to talk about it, but it’s coming up.
There are a couple of options for viewers looking to watch the town hall online. Here’s a rundown:
If You’re in the United States & Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In
On the Web:
If you’re in the United States and don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the town hall through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to select channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Best of Live TV package, which includes CNN, costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch the town hall for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. . Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
With an App:
If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the town hall on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices. The service’s Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
If You’re in the United States or Mexico & Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In
On the Web:
If you have the log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes CNN, you can use that to watch the town hall for free at go.CNN.com.
With an App:
If you you have log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes CNN, you can use that to watch the town hall for free on a phone, tablet or connected TV via the CNN Go app, which you can download for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.