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Posted: February 5, 2016 in The New Y. Times __, world midia

The New York Times The audience at the University of New Hampshire during the Democratic debate on Thursday. »
The New York Times Friday, February 5, 2016
The audience at the University of New Hampshire during the Democratic debate on Thursday.Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Just the Two of Them
<a By MAGGIE HABERMANGood Friday morning. Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont met for the final debate before the New Hampshire primary in a forum that offered highlights, facts that needed checking and the first one-on-one contest between the candidates.For months, Democrats have wondered what a debate between just Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont would look like. That finally materialized Thursday night as the candidates faced off at the University of New Hampshire in a forum hosted by MSNBC that was scheduled after much back-and-forth between the two campaigns.Both candidates came prepared, and were fiery. Mrs. Clinton was sharp and clear, with prepared jabs at Mr. Sanders. She accused him of an “artful smear” regarding the speaking fees she has received from major banks, a claim he took issue with but did not really rebut. However, Mrs. Clinton seemed uncomfortable answering a question about those speeches, saying she would “look into it” when asked by one of the moderators, Chuck Todd, whether she would release the transcripts of those paid addresses. She fared better in her accusations that Mr. Sanders would undo President Obama’s signature health care law.Mrs. Clinton appeared at ease talking about foreign policy, on which Mr. Sanders still seemed to struggle. Asked about the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, he said that King Abdullah II of Jordan had “hit the nail” on the head when describing how fighting the terrorist group should work. As in previous debates, Mr. Sanders also pulled some punches that he might have been able to land.Absent from the debate for much of the night was a discussion of two hot-button issues for Democrats — gun control and immigration. Gun control is one of the only areas where Mrs. Clinton can hit Mr. Sanders from the left.Mr. Sanders, who has often frustrated his aides by not preparing for debates, seemed ready for this one. And while he is still trying to pass a commander-in-chief test, he seemed buoyed by his close second in the Iowa caucuses. The debate, the final one before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, is unlikely to change many minds.The same will probably not be said of the Republican debate on Saturday evening, hosted by ABC. After skipping the last one, Donald J. Trump needs a true victory, not just one by default as he recedes into the background while others duke it out. The same is also true for Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who has to build on a strong third-place showing in Iowa with something other than counterpunches.•
On the day between the Democratic and Republican debates, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio will hold a town-hall-style event with Arnold Schwarzenegger; most of the other candidates, including Mr. Trump, will also hold variations of these smaller events, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Carly Fiorina.
Mrs. Clinton has an organizing event, and Mr. Sanders will hold a rally, before both attend a New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner.
  Todd Heisler/The New York Times
In Democratic Debate, Candidates Clash on Role of Money

As Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders edge closer to the New Hampshire primary, the forum was the most consequential so far, with each candidate seeking to appeal to the voters they are struggling to capture.
Hillary Clinton at Thursday’s debate with her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, at the University of New Hampshire.  Todd Heisler/The New York Times
News Analysis

Hillary Clinton Is Again Put on the Defensive Over Ties to Wall Street

Mrs. Clinton’s sophisticated policy proposals collided with the image of Wall Street’s friend and defender that Sanders supporters and other Democrats have painted of her.
Senator Ted Cruz discussed his half-sister’s struggle with addiction Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hooksett, N.H.   Chris Christie’s Support in New Hampshire Falls, Poll Says

A new poll shows that support for Mr. Christie, who has recently increased his criticism of Mr. Rubio and is staking his strategy on New Hampshire, has dropped among likely Republican voters in the state in the past week.
First Draft

Donald J. Trump worked the rope line after speaking at a campaign event at a community college gymnasium in Portsmouth, N.H., on Thursday night.  ‘You Got to Get Out of Bed and Vote,’ Trump Tells New Hampshire Crowd

Mr. Trump, whose outsize confidence has been a hallmark of his presidential campaign, seemed to change tack on Thursday night, imploring a crowd of several hundred not to be complacent before Tuesday’s primary.
Mr. Trump visited his campaign headquarters Thursday in Manchester, N.H. Damon Winter/The New York Times

Trump’s Ground Game Questioned After Iowa Showing

Mr. Trump’s campaign definitely has a lot of volunteers, but it appears to lack the basics of a good field organization with the ability to identify, target and turn out voters.
Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally for the presidential candidate in Keene, N.H., on Tuesday.  Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Young Democrats Flock to Sanders, Spurning Clinton’s Polish and Poise

Armies of young supporters are turning what seemed like a long-shot presidential candidacy by Mr. Sanders, who has a certain unpolished appeal, into a surprisingly competitive campaign.
Senator Ted Cruz discussed his half-sister’s struggle with addiction Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hooksett, N.H. The New York Times First Draft
An Emotional Ted Cruz Talks of the Overdose Death of His Half Sister

On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Mr. Cruz told how his drug-addicted half sister had died of an overdose despite her family’s efforts to save her.
Audience members at the Republican debate in Des Moines last week.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
<a First Draft
Carly Fiorina Excluded From Final Republican Debate Before New Hampshire Primary
Though Republican candidates past and present had been arguing for Mrs. Fiorina to be included, she did not meet the polling standards set by ABC News, the host of the debate on Saturday.
The New Hampshire SceneMartin O’Malley’s New Hampshire state director in what remained of the campaign office in the closed Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.

Our Man in New Hampshire: The Departure of Martin O’Malley <a By ALEXANDER BURNS
The Democratic former governor of Maryland had planned to compete in the state, but his withdrawal from the race has left his supporters seeking alternatives.
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