Democratic presidential forum open thread

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks out to the crowd as she is flanked by rivals Senator Bernie Sanders (L), Lincoln Chafee (2nd R) and Martin O'Malley (R) at the end of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS4CVH

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are participating in MSNBC’s “First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum,” moderated by Rachel Maddow. According to Maddow:

It’s not a debate. Both the Republican and Democratic parties made decisions this year that they would pick a specific number of debates and require that the candidates would only participate in those. […] And that means I am not allowed to put these candidates on the stage at the same time. I have to talk to them sequentially, one on one.

So it will be a series of interviews with the candidates. But Maddow is a good interviewer, the candidates are smart and engaging people, so it should still be fun. Not as much fun as a debate, but still.

The forum runs from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. You can stream it

www.msnbc.com/now if you have a cable subscription that includes MSNBC.

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