Hillary Clinton wants to debate next week in New Hampshire, but the Democratic National Committee -- at least for now -- is not budging.
In an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said she would like the party to sanction a Feb. 4 debate ahead of the state's primary .
The DNC has agreed to six debates, with the next set for Feb.11 in Milwaukee. The abbreviated schedule was long seen as favoring Clinton by limiting her opponents' exposure to voters, but Clinton has done well in the debates, and now that she is locked in a close primary fight with Bernie Sanders, additional forums could give her a boost.
"I would like the chairman of the party and the campaigns to agree that we can debate in New Hampshire next week,” Clinton said in a taping of MSNBC’s “Hardball." “That is what I'm hoping will happen.”
A day earlier, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz dismissed the proposal for an additional debate.
"We have consistently worked with our campaigns to ensure a schedule that is robust and that allows them to engage with voters in a variety of ways," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
After the New Hampshire primary, the committee may huddle with candidates to discuss altering the debate schedule, she said.
In New Hampshire, several state polls show Clinton lagging behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, said Wednesday they were open to more debates, but not on an "ad hoc basis."
"The dynamics of the race have changed and Sen. Sanders has significant momentum," Weaver said in a statement. "Sen. Sanders is happy to have more debates but we are not going to schedule them on an ad hoc basis at the whim of the Clinton campaign."
6:15 p.m. - This post was updated with a comment from the Sanders campaign.