Clinton, Sanders to Face Off in 1st Democratic Debate

The first of six Democratic presidential debates will take place Tuesday evening in Las Vegas.

Hillary Clinton, who is leading the Democratic nomination so far, will be challenged by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been closing in on the former First Lady in some key primary states.

In addition to Clinton and Sanders, three other Democratic contenders will be part of tonight’s debate. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Rhode Island former Senator and Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will have to make the most of their prime-time, nationally-televised appearances, as Clinton and Sanders are more well-known.

Tonight’s debate will not be easy as the candidates will have to tread a fine line between criticizing Obama and his policies and supporting the political party. Clinton will have a harder time distancing herself from the president, as she was part of his administration at one point.

Vice-President Joe Biden is also figuring out whether he will join the race. According to CBC News, he’s nearing a decision.

Anderson Cooper will moderate the two-hour event beginning at 8:30 P.m. EST. CNN will air the debate.