Sanders, Kasich to debate next week

Sanders, Kasich to debate next week

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE (I-Vt.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will meet for a town hall debate on CNN next week, the network announced Wednesday.

In addition, the network will host House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for a town hall event.

Sanders and Kasich both ran for president last year, lasting deep into their respective primaries before bowing out. 

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Sanders has emerged this year as an anti-President Trump firebrand in Washington and key player in Democratic campaigns. And Kasich has offered regular criticism of Trump, a fellow Republican.

"Less than two weeks after House Republicans narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and with tax reform a top priority for President Trump, Pelosi and then Sanders and Kasich will discuss and debate these and other issues before live studio audiences,” CNN said in a press release.

The Sanders-Kasich debate will take place May 16 and be hosted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash.

Pelosi’s town hall will be May 15, and “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo will host it. 

CNN has made political town hall events a semi-regular part of its primetime programming, hosting dozens going back to the primary campaign season.