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10 Questions for the Upcoming Clinton-Sanders Debate in New York

The Clinton/Sanders debate will take place at the Duggal Greenhouse on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where both candidates will seek to emphasize their strong New York ties. Clinton represented New York State in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and currently lives in Chappaqua, New York. Sanders was raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn.


Clinton has been endorsed by New York officials such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Sanders has been endorsed by Senator Bill Perkins, activist Zephyr Teachout and NYC celebrities Rosario Dawson and Spike Lee.

New York votes on April 19. Here are 10 questions we hope will be asked at the debate. 

1) New York City has one of the highest wealth disparities in the country. What do you think is the average cost of living here?

2) Participatory budgeting allows communities to democratically determine government spending in New York City and 1,500+ cities worldwide. As a progressive candidate, how would you use this system on a federal level? 

3) You both have spoken about college affordability. Yet over a million students drop out of high school—20,000 in New York City schools alone. How would you enforce a stronger path to college?

4) Mayor Bloomberg considered entering the race earlier this year. How would you descibe his influence and legacy as mayor?

5) New York instituted a fracking ban last June. Would you make this a nationwide push? Why or why not?

6) The Indian Point Energy Center is a controversial nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York. Should it be closed? Why or why not?

7) President Obama called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay this February. But Rikers Island, New York City's main jail complex, has been called "the world's largest penal colony." How would you rectify conditions for detention facilities like this across the country? 

8) Like many American cities, Rochester and Buffalo were once vibrant manufacturing hubs. How would you revitalize them?

9) The NYPD has greatly increased its police force, citing global terrorism as a key motivator. Why might this backfire and what are potential solutions?
10) Is there anything about your experience from New York that you'd bring to the White House? 

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