UPDATE: 7:04 p.m. EST -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she supported a more limited abortion policy than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, during the Fox News Channel's Democratic town hall Monday in Detroit. Clinton said she is in favor of a late-term pregnancy regulation when asked whether there should be any restrictions at any stage of pregnancy.
“I have been on record of a late pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother,” she told the audience.
Earlier in the evening, Sanders said he would support abortion at any time, when asked about it by Fox News host Bret Baier. “I happen to believe it is wrong for the government to tell a woman what to do with her body,” Sanders said.
Several social media users noted that this was the first time the topic has come up at a Democratic town hall or debate. “Unreal that it's taken this long,” one Twitter user wrote.
— FP (@FlyingPeanuts) March 7, 2016
UPDATE: 6:19 p.m. EST -- During Monday's Fox News Democratic town hall, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attempted to correct a misstep he said he made the night before, at a Sunday debate. Sanders had said that white people do not know what it’s like to be poor, or live in a ghetto, but told Fox's Bret Baier, Monday's town hall moderator, that he meant it in the context of the criminal justice system.
“What I meant by that is that an African-American community living in poverty are often viewed differently police officers,” Sanders said at the Detroit town hall.
Baier also asked Sanders to respond to news Monday that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not run for president in 2016. “That’s his decision,” Sanders said. “What does concern me on a broader scale is [that] he’s a billionaire. ... The only people who feel they can run for president are people with so much money.”
(Here's Sanders' full response when asked about Bloomberg) pic.twitter.com/27riTCWJWD
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) March 7, 2016
Sanders clarifies white poverty statement by saying black communities are constantly abused by white police officers #DemTownHall
— James Beattie (@JamesGBeattie) March 7, 2016
One day before Michigan’s primary, Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will make their final pitches to voters Monday night in a town hall-style event at Detroit’s Gem Theater. The hourlong forum, hosted by Fox News, is slated to start at 6 p.m. EST, so be sure to check back here for live updates.
Clinton initially said she could not attend Monday’s town hall due to a “scheduling conflict,” Fox News’ chief political anchor Bret Baier reported Thursday. But the former secretary of state agreed late Friday to join Sanders. The pair will face an audience of 300 Michigan voters, some of whom are still undecided, a Fox News spokeswoman told the Detroit News.
“There will be a lot of audience participation,” Baier, who will moderate the forum, told the Detroit News on Sunday. “I will do some follow-up questions,” he added, in addition to his own original questions.
Clinton and Sanders are expected to answer questions on a number of national and local issues, including the auto industry bailout as well as Detroit schools and racial inequality. During Sunday’s democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, Clinton slammed the Vermont senator for not supporting the federal bailout that saved the American auto industry, according to MLive.com.
"I'll tell you something else that Senator Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout," Clinton said Sunday. “The money was there, and had to be released in order to save the American auto industry and 4 million jobs, and to begin the restructuring. We had the best year that the auto industry has had in a long time. I voted to save the auto industry. He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry.”
Michigan will hold both Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday. The Great Lakes State has the most delegates up for grabs for both parties of any state hosting a nominating process on March 8. There are 147 delegates at stake for Democrats and 59 for Republicans.
A candidate needs 2,383 delegates at the national convention in order to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton leads with 1,130, which also includes superdelegates, to Sanders’ 499. But there are 31 states left to vote, which means the race is far from over.