The Slatest

ABC Just Went and Started a Debate Segment Without Hillary

Bernie Sanders, an empty podium, and Martin O’Malley.

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At the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton made a funny reference after one commercial break to requiring more time in the bathroom than her male counterparts. During Saturday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was running late again returning from a commercial—it’s not clear whether a bathroom was involved—and ABC decided to just start without her. She returned as Bernie Sanders was speaking. It was a little odd!

Sure, ABC’s got a schedule to keep to, but if they were so concerned about ending on time, maybe they shouldn’t have told everyone in the country that the debate started at 8 p.m. when it really started at 8:30. (Liars.)

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Democratic primary.