Clinton in 2008: Presidential Candidates Should 'Be Willing to Debate Anytime, Anywhere'

March 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton said during her first run for the presidency in 2008 that each presidential candidate "should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere," the Intercept reports.

Clinton, of course, lost that Democratic primary fight to current President Barack Obama. In her second run, she no longer abides by this rule.

She reasoned that because the presidency is the toughest job in the world, candidates should be able to handle debates at any time.

Zaid Jilani wrote in the Intercept about the background of this clip.

In late April 2008, Clinton called for a 90 minute, "Lincoln-Douglas"-style debate with Obama. This was after the Democratic candidates had faced each other in 26 debates — far outnumbering the eight debates that Sanders and Clinton have had this election season.

This video surfaces at a time where the Democratic frontrunner has recently refused to engage in more debates with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) until he "changes his tone" in his campaign. A Clinton aide also called the request for debate "a public stunt."

She stated the following to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

"Honestly, I mean, I just believe that this is the most important job in the world. It’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate. Anytime, anywhere."