WATCH: Rachel Maddow Asks Hillary Clinton Why Hold Debate in 'TV Siberia?'
Anyone who watched Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate may have been in the minority, according to out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who asked Hillary Clinton if she was responsible for scheduling the debate at a time with low viewership.
The debate was broadcast on the cable channel's network partner, NBC, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. following several football games and during a holiday weekend. It was the last Democratic debate before mid-February, Maddow said on her show. "I am struck by the fact that even though the Republicans just had a debate and they are about to have another debate before Iowa, there isn't another Democratic debate before Iowa or before the primary in New Hampshire," Maddow said. She asked whether the timing was part of a Clinton campaign strategy.
Clinton, who was the only candidate to give a shoutout to gay rights during Sunday's debate and today won the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, said she enjoyed debates and didn't know of any deliberate scheduling strategy.
"I believe we've had more viewers this year than we did in '08," Clinton told Maddow, "as to when they've been scheduled again what I've been told is that they were partnered with broadcast networks that wanted to provide the time and indeed for most broadcast networks Saturday and Sunday was preferable."
Maddow, who previously moderated a Democratic candidates forum in South Carolina invited Clinton and fellow candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley to join her on MSNBC if they want better airtime. "Well if you and Senator Sanders and Governor O'Malley decide that you want more and you don't want to negotiate you can all just show up here and I'll help."
Watch Maddow's phone interview with Hillary Clinton below.