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Sanders: Networks have reached out to host debate with Trump

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 5/27/2016 Eliza Collins

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Cathedral City, Calif., on May 25, 2016. © Damian Dovarganes, AP Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Cathedral City, Calif., on May 25, 2016.

Bernie Sanders — who has boasted that he has better numbers against Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton in general election matchups — could actually get the debate he’s asking for.

On Thursday night, he said that networks (he named ABC as one) have contacted him offering to host a debate between the Vermont senator and Trump.

Sanders was on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night and he reiterated his call for a debate against the presumptive Republican nominee. A debate he described as being between "two guys who look at the world very, very differently."

Earlier Thursday Trump also seemed to be on board.  

“I’d love to debate Bernie, he’s a dream," Trump said to reporters Thursday in Bismarck, N.D. But, he added, the debate would not come cheap: “I’d love to debate Bernie, but they have to pay a lot of money for it."

Trump said the networks would have to pony up at least $10 million of the money they earn to “women’s health issues” charities.

It all started on Wednesday night when Trump appeared with Kimmel and the host read Trump the request Sanders had sent in ahead of time: Would Trump consider debating the Vermont Senator?

"If I debated him we would have such high ratings," Trump said Wednesday. "Take that money and give it to some worthy charity."

Sanders has been looking for a debate partner since Clinton declined his challenge to debate her on Fox News before the June 7 California primary. On CNN and MSNBC Thursday, the former secretary of State was asked about the potential Sanders-Trump matchup.

“I don’t think it’s serious, I think that it’s not gonna happen,” she said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

And after dismissing it on MSNBC, she said that she was looking forward to debating Trump herself — but in the general election.

Clinton holds a significant lead over Sanders in the delegate race, and if superdelegates (party leaders and elected officials) are included, she is less than 100 delegates away from clinching her party’s nomination.



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