Showdown: Ohio Democratic Debate tonight on MSNBC @ 9pm ET

Tonight, Tuesday, February 26, 2008, there will be a Democratic debate broadcast on MSNBC at 9pm eastern time. Will this be the last and final Democratic debate? It’s very possible depending on what happens come March 4th in Ohio and Texas.

Here’s some details on tonight’s debate from USA TODAY:

CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe not since Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan met on a stage in this blue-collar city have two candidates debated with so much at stake.

And if recent campaigning is any indication, Tuesday night’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will not lack drama.

Just a week before Ohio’s crucial March 4 primary, Clinton and Obama will face off on a dark stage punctuated by a circular red carpet and red, white and blue banners. About 1,600 people, most invited by host Cleveland State University or the Ohio Democratic Party will watch the debate live.

“I don’t see it being as nice and cozy as the one in Texas,” said Stephen Brooks, associate director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, referring to Thursday’s largely civil debate in Austin.

Even Clinton’s supporters say she must win Ohio and Texas on March 4. Polls show the U.S. senator from New York leading Obama in Ohio, but the margin is narrowing.

More details and a write-up from Cleveland State University:

Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have accepted an invitation from Cleveland State and NBC to debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, February 26.

NBC’s Tim Russert (JD ’76 from CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) and Brian Williams will moderate the event. NBC Nightly News and WKYC-TV 3 will broadcast live from the debate floor of the Wolstein Center.

As a summary, it will be at 9pm eastern time live on MSNBC. Looking forward to seeing if this is going to be the “gloves off” debate unlike the past two love fests.

Update:

Here’s a video preview from NBC:

Update @ 7:49pm ET

Here’s a rundown of the event location with NBC’s Brian Williams:

Should be a decent match as this is the last stand for Clinton, can she stop the Obama momentum which is sweeping Texas and eating at her lead in Ohio? It seems to me that she must switch course from the last debate where she didn’t come off doing well and didn’t seem to slow Obama down at all.

Update @ 11:08pm ET

Here’s some analysis and several video clips from tonight’s debate:

Analysis: MSNBC Democratic Debate from Ohio – 2/26

Update

Here is the entire debate video:

Video: MSNBC Democratic Debate from Cleveland, Ohio – 2/26/08