I'm not doing this, but his wife did their taxes herself, and any problems with them will reflect on her, so he's soft-pedaling it? She might be putting him off and he doesn't want to stand up to her? Maybe they're having a real accountant go over them? I think he doesn't want to do it because he's wealthy and it will make him look hypocritical.
That is definitely an overestimation of the skill level of the parties involved.
Have you seen Warren's answers on the same questions? I almost feel like she'll outclass him at the debate stage.I don't think he's ever really been that interested in getting better at talking off message so I wouldn't expect much movement there. Getting outwardly annoyed when he has to engage with what he sees as distractions from his message is just part of who he is.
edit: I'm talking more generally -- he may develop better messaging on this particular issue because it ties in with his messaging, but in general I think we can expect more outwardly annoyed Bernie and that's never going away. And yeah, to some, that's part of his charm -- the less polished, less focus tested answers can feel more authentic.
The sooner the nukes start to rain, the sooner we're off this horror show ride.
"The left eats itself" is a popular phrase and in this case, Bernie ate himself. He greatly shifted the window in regard to what dem voters can expect candidates to advocate for and commit to. People sort of marveled at him in 2015 for going up against 90's triangulation type policies and saying things that a lot of voters had clearly wanted to hear for a long time, but fast forward three years and now voters are like "Yeah, but how about reparations?"
He still has the economic/class angle going for him. I think that he was fine there. But this flaws from 2016 are for the most part still around.
I'd be all about this. It doesn't make much sense to me for some candidates to get the opportunity and not others, especially since minor candidates like Klobuchar have been given the opportunity. If CNN is going to host the 2nd debate in July, then I think as a matter of fairness every candidate who will be at the debate should have an opportunity to do a CNN town hall beforehand.