Democratic Debate preview

NC_lv50tweb_700x394(NBC News)  Five Democrats are in Las Vegas on Tuesday for their first presidential debate.

For many Americans, tonight will be their first chance to hear from some of the candidates. For Hillary Clinton, she’s facing competition from all sides: the four democrats on stage, and Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton… Outside Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel going after the Republican frontrunner. “I don’t think it’s entertaining when somebody insults immigrants, insults women – that’s just unacceptable,” said Hillary Clinton, (D) Presidential Candidate.

But tonight, she faces four democrats – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.

Sanders is drawing huge crowds and leading in New Hampshire.

So far he’s refused to go negative: “What we need are answers, not campaign rhetoric,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate.

Political experts say tonight’s debate could be big moment for O’Malley. “This guy is a competent, thoughtful, articulate guy, and I think he’s gonna surprise some people,” said Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

Big questions face Clinton: explaining donations, her private email server. “Hillary can’t duck she can’t hide, she’s fully exposed here,” said Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

And whether the Benghazi committee is getting to the bottom of what she knew about the deadly embassy attack.

Or – as one former staffer now claims – a partisan effort to torpedo her campaign.

In a new time magazine interview, Clinton talks about the only other woman in the race – republican Carly Fiorina. She says Fiorina’s policies should be fully vetted, and not get a pass, just because she’s a woman.

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