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US media seeking to downplay Sanders: Analyst

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pumps his fist as he celebrates with family and supporters after winning the New Hampshire Democratic primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. © AFP

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Rob Kall, the founding editor of from Philadelphia, and Michael Lane, the founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss voting in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Michael Lane believes that New Hampshire’s significance in the US presidential elections is largely due to the fact that it is traditionally one of the first states that holds presidential primary.

“Any state that was first would be like that. That is the reason New Hampshire is artificially inflated in terms of its importance,” he added.

Victory in New Hampshire can help candidates gain momentum, particularly in the press where people get their information, to help them put themselves closer to nomination, Lane said.

Meanwhile, Rob Kall described New Hampshire as a state that has a lot of “independence” which, according to him, is a vital factor in anticipating the general elections.

The photo shows Rob Kall, the founding editor of from Philadelphia (L), and Michael Lane, the founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, in Press TV's The Debate.

He also lambasted the US mainstream media for their "systematic attempt" to elect Hillary Clinton, adding that anchors who are supposed to be independent journalists are framing questions in a way that makes Bernie Sanders look like a crazy socialist and Hillary Clinton “the inevitable winner.”

“Fortunately, the American people are smarter than the media and the anchors, because it is not happening the way they wanted to,” Kall underscored. 

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