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Bernie Sanders pushes for more debates

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Here’s the latest news on the 2016 race for president. (All times local):

12:35 p.m.

There’s no debate about it for Bernie Sanders.

Any chance there will be more than the six debates already sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee?

“I have the feeling that there will be,” the Vermont senator tells CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Supporters of Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are pressing for more. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign has said the front-runner is open to more debates.

Sanders says debates promote “a serious decision in our democracy.”

10:35 a.m.

Donald Trump is “a master brander,” someone with “a lot of pizazz and zip.”

That’s not from a news release from the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign. The description comes from a seasoned Democratic politician — former President Bill Clinton.

Can Trump win the GOP nomination? “I think so” is Clinton’s assessment, though he also adds on CNN, “I mean, how do I know?” The two-term president says he’s hasn’t run for office in a long time and doesn’t “have a good feel for this.”

Clinton says he’ll “do what I can” to help one candidate in the 2016 race — his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

10 a.m.

From cyberspace to space itself, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says “strength is really the defense against aggressiveness by others” from cyberspace to space itself.

Carson tells ABC’s “This Week” that he favors offensive cyberattacks against anyone who attacks the United States — “they need to understand that there will be consequences.”

The retired neurosurgeon also talks about the need to harden the country’s power grid and have “several layers of alternate energy.”

And then there’s space — the final frontier.

Carson says the U.S. must “get back into space” because in the future, “he who controls space will control the Earth.”

9:45 a.m.

Jeb Bush says he can win the New Hampshire primary.

In an interview Sunday on Fox News, the former Florida governor says the polls now showing Donald Trump in the lead don’t mean much five months before New Hampshire Republicans vote. He says the polls count people who may not cast a ballot. Currently, billionaire businessman Donald Trump is the front-runner in New Hampshire and national polls in the race for the GOP nomination.

Bush says: “I’m confident I can win New Hampshire for sure.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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