Bernie Sanders Reacts To Donald Trump Backing Out Of Debate





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Published on May 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders Reacts To Donald Trump Backing Out Of Debate. Donald Trump just issued a statement backing out of the debate he said he would do with Bernie Sanders, and blaming Hillary Clinton and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and crooked Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher.” That sound you hear is the weeping of TV news execs mourning what might have been – Superbowl -sized ratings for a televised debate between Trump and the Vermont senator who is running against Clinton for the Dem nomination. Campaign execs on both sides said multiple TV networks had been talking to the candidates about televising the debate, some even agreeing to Trump’s demand the lucky network cough up millions of dollars to go to an unnamed women’s health charity. There had been signs of trouble today before Trump pulled out. Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver this morning said a “number of network have put forth proposals, including some that would put seven-figure amounts into charity,” per Trump’s demand.

“This seems to meet the parameters of what Donald Trump suggested he’d be willing to do,” Weaver said. But, he told CNN, “There is a little bit of foot dragging now, it seems, on their side. It may be that there may be some chickening out, or an unwillingness to stand on stage and really debate with Bernie Sanders because they know Bernie sanders would do quite well on the debate frankly.”

Sanders had tried to shore things up: Add your name if you want to see a #BernieTrumpDebate on the major issues before California's primary on June 7. https://t.co/9jemas288L — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 27, 2016

But, to no available and Trump pulled out this afternoon, one day after saying he was anxious to debate Sanders at a nationally televised news conference to celebrate his having reached the needed 1237 delegates to secure his GOP nomination.

This no doubt is disappointing to ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel who last night told Sanders he hoped to moderate the debate. Sanders visit to the show was a celebration of sorts for both men, who’d made headlines Wednesday night when Sanders planted a question on Kimmel’s show, directed at that night’s guest: Trump.

Sanders, via Kimmel, asked Trump if he was willing to debate in advance of the June 7 California primary. Trump agreed immediately but said he wanted to be paid, a lot. Trump continued to make light, until asked about it at a news conference yesterday morning to celebrate news reports he’d clinched the 1237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination. At that news conference he said he wanted to debate Sanders if it was held in a big arena and someone would cough up $10-15M, to “women’s health issues or something.” Trump said he’d already heard from more than one TV network to discuss.


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