It’s hard to imagine a more important debate than this. CNN just announced that it will host a town hall-style debate on Monday night. The network revealed that Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), opponents of the new GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, will debate its co-sponsors, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The significant prime-time debate will be moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper and the network’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash. As the senators face off on this highly charged issue, it will be aired live to the TV audience.
“With a critical deadline looming, Graham and Cassidy, architects of the Republicans latest healthcare proposal, will debate Sanders and Klobuchar on the merits of the plan that would repeal and replace Obamacare,” the network said in its announcement.
With the clock on the GOP plan for passage ticking, this debate will come just days before a possible vote on the bill in the Senate. If the Republicans are going to use special budgetary rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster, a vote will be held next week. There is great optimism among the GOP leadership that they will have the votes to get his bill passed before the September 30th deadline.
With a good deal of momentum going in the GOP direction, it may be a critical mistake to have such a public conversation about the new bill. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
Credit: The Hill