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Sadly, the much-anticipated debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders isn’t going to happen.
Let’s get real – should Hillary debate Ted Cruz after she clinches the delegates she needs?
The Republican nominee explains why in a statement on his website:
“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
In a Wednesday taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Trump had tentatively agreed to debate Sanders, telling Kimmel, “If he paid a sum toward charity I would love to do that.”
On Friday before Trump’s statement declining the debate went live, the Sanders campaign had just announced the fact that two networks had agreed to make large charitable contributions in exchange for the opportunity to host the debate.
According to Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver, “Our campaign and the Trump campaign have received two offers by broadcast television networks to host the Sanders-Trump debate that we suggested. Both offers include a major contribution to charity. We are prepared to accept one of those offers and look forward to working with the Trump campaign to develop a time, place and format that is mutually agreeable.”
Apparently, Weaver’s previous day attempt to ensure Trump’s participation by saying he hoped the Republican didn’t “chicken out” didn’t work.
Sanders, looking for any momentum to keep his flailing campaign going, was obvious disappointed, telling reporters, “Well, I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump has been known to change his mind many times in a day.” After calling Trump a “bully,” Sanders added, “Well Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?”
Sanders says he hopes Trump changes his mind about debating him. "What are you so afraid of?" he asks. https://t.co/f05mPhZbiF
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 27, 2016
Many on all sides won’t like this, but in all reality the Republican nominee would have more to lose than he could possibly gain by debating the Democratic runner-up. Even though Donald Trump is the least likely person to avoid a confrontation, it’s likely his advisers told him as much.
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