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The first Democratic primary debate is being held later tonight and it will undoubtedly be a heck of a lot different than the clown car debates the Republicans have already blessed us with.
What I'm most interested to see is how Secretary Clinton handles Senator Sanders. Will she make it personal and go on the attack or hold back out of fear of alienating the progressive base of the party? I have a feeling she will not go after him too much. The progressive wing is showing up by the droves at Sanders rallies and it just wouldn't be smart for her to go on the attack this early against him.
I'm also interested to see how Sanders handles himself. He has gone this whole campaign without attacking Clinton or any other Democrat and I would be shocked if he changed that strategy now. He's a policy wonk and I think he will stick with that tonight. He may not be the flashiest of all politicians, but no one can deny that he has a firm grasp on the issues he cares about and no one can deny that he actually says what's on his mind without calculating how each statement will affect him politically.
The other three candidates--Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee--hardly deserve a mention on this thread. The only one who actually seems like they are even running a campaign is O'Malley and I just don't see him gaining any traction. Webb and Chafee (both former Republicans) shouldn't even be on the stage, but I guess CNN needs to have some fillers in on the debate stage.
Is anyone planning on watching the first debate tonight? Do you think Hillary will play nice or go after Sanders? And do you think she might be in trouble if she does decide to go after Sanders and he is able to handle his own?