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Trump and Sanders Consider an Unusual Presidential Debate

Clinton critized for backing out of an agreement to debate before the California primary

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a campaign rally in Cathedral City, California, U.S., May 25, 2016, photo: Reuters/Alex Gallardo
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2 years ago

WASHINGTON — Republican Donald Trump and second-placed Democrat Bernie Sanders could be heading to an unconventional U.S. presidential debate in California, in the latest twist to an unusual campaign.

The two candidates expressed an interest in squaring off in a one-on-one encounter that would leave Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on the sidelines.

Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, is running behind Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, while Trump on Thursday secured the delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their respective nominees.

In an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” late on Wednesday, billionaire Trump said he was willing to participate in a debate with Sanders, a democratic socialist.

“If I debated him, we would have such high ratings,” the former reality TV star said. “I think I should … take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”

Sanders appeared to agree in a post on Twitter on Thursday.

“Game on,” he tweeted. “I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.”

The hashtag #BernieTrumpDebate began trending in the United States with news of the possible debate.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email on Thursday that there were no formal plans yet for such an event. But Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said the campaign plans to reach out to the Trump camp to discuss the idea.

“We look forward to following up and making sure it happens,” Briggs said.

Kimmel said he asked Trump about the debate at the suggestion of Sanders, who is scheduled to appear on the show Thursday night.

Sanders, who has made economic equality a keystone of his campaign, has criticized Clinton for backing out of an agreement to debate him before the California primary.

The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on a possible Trump-Sanders debate.

Clinton has tried to woo Sanders supporters if, as looks likely, she wins the party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 election. But some worry that his supporters — who are largely young, working-class and disillusioned with the Democratic Party establishment — will turn instead to political neophyte Trump, who has championed a populist agenda.

Sanders has said he will do everything he can to ensure that Trump does not win the White House.

Dale Ranney, 62, a Trump volunteer who has been to 21 of his rallies, said she would be delighted to see Trump and Sanders debate.

“I think it’s a great idea, any time you can get more information to the people, absolutely,” Ranney said. “Having Trump debate a socialist? Absolutely. Go for it.”

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