MSNBC To Air Clinton-Obama Debate in Cleveland

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MSNBC will telecast the debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama next Tuesday live from Cleveland State University in Ohio, officials said Friday.

The event is the final debate between Obama and Clinton before the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will moderate the debate, joined by Meet thePress moderator and NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will broadcast live from Cleveland State Monday and Tuesday. MSNBC’s pre-debate coverage will include Hardball with ChrisMatthews live on Tuesday from Cleveland State at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tucker at 6 p.m.; and Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m. Immediately following the debate, Matthews will anchor post-debate coverage from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

The debate is hosted by NBC News in partnership with WKYC, Cleveland State University, the city of Cleveland, and the Ohio Democratic Party.

WKYC will simulcast the debate, along with NBC affiliates WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, WCMH-TV in Columbus, WNWO-TV in Toledo, WDTN-TV in Dayton, WLIO-TV in Lima, WTOV-TV in Steubenville, WFMJ-TV in Youngstown, and WHIZ-TV in Zanesville. The debate will also be streamed live on MSNBC.com, and it will air later the same evening in Spanish on Telemundo.

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