Maddow at Debate Close to New Hampshire Voters: 'Don't Screw It Up!'

"You guys get to vote in five days. We can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't screw it up!"

Those were the curious parting words that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow gave at the conclusion of Thursday night's Democratic primary debate which she moderated at the University of New Hampshire alongside colleague Chuck Todd.

One has to wonder what exactly she could possibly mean. Was she hinting that one candidate over another should be the choice New Hampshire voters make, or is she rather referring to the controversy over the botched Iowa caucuses, wherein Hillary Clinton edged out Sanders in a less-than-transparent tabulation process, to be charitable about it.

Here are the relevant transcript and video:

Democratic Candidates Debate
February 4, 2016; 11:05 p.m. Eastern

CHUCK TODD, moderator: Our debate coverage, post-debate coverage will continue in just a moment with our colleague Chris Matthews. We want to thank all of you for being here. And we want to thank the two candidates for taking part in this important event.

RACHEL MADDOW, moderator: We also want to thank our host, the University of New Hampshire, and the people of New Hampshire. You guys get to vote in just five days. We can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't screw it up!

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Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.