Clinton's tack to the left to be on display in Democratic debate

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum campaign event at Cornell College in Mt Vernon, IowaBy John Whitesides and Luciana Lopez LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, and Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is her prime challenger, will take part on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EDT in the first of six scheduled debates in the race to be the party’s nominee in the November 2016 presidential election. The showdown will give Sanders his first broad national exposure and offer Clinton a chance to ease the concerns of some Democrats about her.

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