Democratic Debate Tonight On MSNBC @ 9pm est

The debate will be live tonight from Nevada, 1/15/08, at 9pm eastern on MSNBC. Here’s a little preview and some background on Kucinich’s involvement.

Olbermann aside, here’s a preview from MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on what to expect tonight in Nevada:

Also, here’s a press report from UPI:

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) — The top three U.S. Democrats vying for the presidential nomination are seeking questions about minority groups for their debate Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina will address questions on immigration and other issues related to minority groups, the party said.

The debate Tuesday night will be broadcast and streamed live by MSNBC and questions can be filed at either the or Web sites, the company said. It will be moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

The debate is sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of America, IMPACTO, the Democratic African-American Leadership Council, the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Democratic Party.

It’s worth noting that originally Dennis Kucinich was excluded from this debate by MSNBC but a judge recently ordered that he be allowed to participate:

Here’s the AP on that:

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBC News said Monday it will appeal a judge’s ruling rather than include Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in a candidates’ debate in Nevada.

“We disagree with the judge’s decision and are filing an appeal,” said a statement provided by Jeremy Gaines, a vice president for MSNBC, sponsor of Tuesday night’s debate. Gaines said the parent network would seek an immediate hearing before the Nevada Supreme Court.

Hours earlier, Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson ruled that Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, must be allowed to participate. If he is excluded, Thompson said he would issue an injunction to stop the televised debate.

Kucinich’s lawyer had argued that MSNBC at first invited him to participate, then last week reversed course and told him he could not.

Something tells me that Kucinich will be appearing in this debate. No chance that MSNBC will allow it to be halted since they need the ratings and it will inevitably be widely viewed. Got to hand it to Kucinich though, he doesn’t take “No” for an answer.

As always, we’ll have clips and analysis once it completes along with the full debate video for anyone who misses it.

Update @ 4:36 pm

I will be on BTR Today with Shaun Daily around 6:30 pm eastern time to discuss tonight’s debate and the Michigan primaries.

You can listen live here: BTR Today


Here’s debate analysis and video clips:

MSNBC 1/15 Nevada Democratic Debate Analysis


Here’s the entire debate video:

Video: MSNBC Democratic Debate From Las Vegas, Nevada 1/15/08