The following is an excerpt from Ben Brody | January 17, 2016 | Bloomberg.com |
Hours before Sunday's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders held a warm-up bout of sorts in multiple separate appearances on political talk shows, at a time when the polling gap between the pair has narrowed in early-voting states.
The two top Democratic contenders will be joined at 9 p.m. ET by Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland in distant third place in the party's race to succeed President Barack Obama.
The debate's being held in Charleston, South Carolina, a city where where nine African-American worshipers were shot dead in a church last June. For that reason and others, gun control is likely to take center stage.
Clinton said she was "pleased" that Sanders had shifted his position—or in her words, "flip-flopped"—on his support for a bill giving legal immunity to gun-makers and gun-sellers.
Speaking on CBS's "Face The Nation," the former secretary of state said she hopes the Sanders "will also join members of Congress to change what’s called the Charleston loophole." That provision, which the alleged shooter in Charleston used to get a weapon, allows the sale of a gun even if a background check isn't complete after three days.
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