The tension is high amongst the two candidates, as Sanders does not appear to be able to outpace Clinton in the Democratic race for convention delegates, while Clinton is unable to pull away from the senator and wrap up the party’s nomination.
The debate starts at 9 pm ET and is going to be televised on CNN and will have streaming online.
The debate is five days before the all important New York primary and in a borough that both Clinton and Sanders have claimed as their home turf.
Sanders, the Vermont U.S. Senator was born in Brooklyn and even after living for years in New England, he has an accent straight from the bleachers of Ebbets Field.
Clinton is a native of Illinois, but represented New York in the senate for eight years and put her headquarters for the presidential campaign in Brooklyn.
Clinton has been the leader consistently in the polls of Democrats in New York, but recently Sanders seems to be cutting into her big lead.
Late in March, some of the polls showed her with a 30-point lead, but of late different polls have her in the lead by 10% to 30%.
At stake are 291 delegates for New York, the largest single total of all states thus far in the Democratic race.
In the debate on Thursday, each of the two candidates will be likely asked about their spat from this month when the senator charged that Clinton was not qualified to be the president.
Sanders said he only reacted to Clinton’s campaign attacking him. He later toned down his attack and when asked if she was qualified he said of course.
However, Sanders continues to say that while Clinton has some strong experience, her judgment needs to be questioned due to her accepting money from Wall Street, her support initially for the Iraq War and backing international trade accords.
Clinton continues to cast Senator Sanders as the idealist who policies would be unworkable logistically and legislatively.