Charity Bout? Is A Donald Trump Vs. Bernie Sanders Debate Possible Next Week?

  • by: Alan Duke


Donald Trump tells reporters he would debate Bernie Sanders ahead of the California Primary if it could pay $10 million to a women's health charity to broadcast it. Trump suggested a network could sponsor the debate and contribute part of the money. He said the event should be held in a large arena or stadium.

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Donald Trump told Jimmy Kimmel he would be willing to debate Bernie Sanders before the June 7 California primary if profits from the telecast would go to a charity, an idea Sanders quickly accepted.

But does Trump, who has the GOP presidential nomination locked up, really intend to appear on stage with Sanders, who appears on a road to runner-up to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest?

Trump senior press representative Healy Baumgardner told CNN Thursday morning that she has no idea is her boss was serious. "Only Mr. Trump speaks for Mr. Trump," Baumgardner said.

Trump has urged Sanders, who is an independent U.S. senator, to bolt the Democratic Party and run an independent campaign in the general election. Of course, that helps Trump's math in November. A high-profile Trump-Sanders debate could serve as a preview to such a race.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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