A Colorado Democratic debate that could decide the presidential race between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to go into high gear on Thursday night.
Colorado is the first state in the nation to hold a Democratic presidential primary.
The debate, which will air on CBS on Thursday, is being hosted by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Sanders and Clinton are scheduled to debate on Thursday evening in Boulder, Colorado.
Clinton, who is also a U.S. senator, is leading Sanders in recent polls of Colorado’s Democratic voters, but Sanders is trailing her in recent national polls.
During the Democratic debate, Maddow also discussed the 2016 presidential campaign and other issues.
In the interview with MSNBC, Sanders said the United States has failed to lead the world in the fight against climate change, but he pointed out that he has been working with a bipartisan group of senators to enact a plan to do just that.
“The issue that we’ve been focusing on has been a bipartisan approach to solve climate change,” Sanders said.
“I’m proud of the fact that we have been able to work with a majority of senators, and we have bipartisan legislation, and I think that’s something that is a really big difference in this election, which is the Republicans have the Republicans in control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, so there are many people in this country that don’t want to see a massive increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.
“We have to be doing everything we can to fight climate change.
And that includes trying to figure out a way to get rid of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Sanders also said that his plan to combat climate change is not partisan.”
The problem is, what we have got to do is stop fossil fuels from being produced and shipped all over the world,” Sanders told Maddow, adding that he wants to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.”
We have got a responsibility to do that. “
And we can do that if we get together as a nation.
And that is the question we have to ask ourselves.””
But the question is: Are we willing to do it on the cheap?
And that is the question we have to ask ourselves.”
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, is running for the Democratic presidential nomination against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has been in office for less than three months.
Maddow also touched on issues surrounding immigration, including a recent report by a nonpartisan watchdog organization that said the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.N. refugee camp in New York City has reached its highest point since 2008.
But Sanders said he does not agree with President Donald Trump’s assertion that Mexico and Central America should pay for the construction of the border wall.
Watch the debate live in Colorado: Watch Rachel Maddows MSNBC debate preview: (The Associated Press)Sanders, who announced last month that he would run for president, told Maddows that he does “not agree” with Trump’s remarks, but did not say what he would do about them.
(He said he supports a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally.)
“I don’t think that anybody can be against that, I do not believe that anybody has a right to force anybody else to pay for it, and you can’t force people to pay money for something,” Sanders added.
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