CBS4 in Des Moines for Democratic presidential debate, behind-the-scenes talking with candidates

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DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 14, 2015) – Both Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley arrived at Drake University early Saturday afternoon for pre-debate walk-through.

“I’m feeling great,” O’Malley told CBS4. “I’m looking forward to it.”

O’Malley and Sanders briefly exchanged pleasantries outside the debate hall. Front-runner Hillary Clinton sent a group of staffers, including longtime confidant Huma Abedin.

Front-and-center all day was the terror attacks in Paris.

“We’re going to talk about how the world has got to come together to defeat this barbaric organization,” Sanders told CBS4 in an interview.

The candidates were asked if any new policy would be introduced Saturday night.

“This is 21st century warfare,” O’Malley said. “And it requires new approaches. It requires new thinking.”

Debate moderators spent Saturday refocusing part of the debate.

CBS News said it never considered postponing the debate, adding the serious terror attack influenced and enhanced the conversation.

“We thought it made the debate even more important because it gave it some immediacy,” Christopher Isham said, vice president of CBS News.

Analysts said candidates must introduce comprehensive ideas to sway voters.

“These Democrats are going to have to speak to the anxiety, the genuine anxiety that this kind of attack and this week of attacks brings to the American people, to Indiana, to everywhere else,” Major Garrett said, CBS News White House correspondent.

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