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Trump: ‘I’d love to debate Bernie’ to raise $10M for charity

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Donald Trump on Thursday said he would “love” to debate Bernie Sanders — as long as the event raised money for charity.

{mosads}“I’d love to debate Bernie. He’s a dream,” he told reporters in Bismarck, N.D.

“So what we can do, if we can raise for maybe women’s health issues or something — if we can raise 10 or 15 million dollars for charity, which would be a very appropriate amount. I understand the television business very well.”

A debate between Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, and Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, while the primaries are still ongoing would be unprecedented.

The Sanders campaign told The Hill earlier Thursday that the Vermont senator is eager to make the debate happen, although the two sides had not discussed it.

“The senator wants to do it,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said. “We’ll see if Trump meant what he said.”

According to Briggs, the Sanders campaign was given the opportunity to submit a question to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for Kimmel to ask Trump. Sanders chose to ask whether the presumptive GOP nominee is willing to debate him.

“Yes, I am,” Trump said. “How much is he going to pay me? If he paid a nice sum toward a charity, I’d love to do that.”

Sanders accepted his offer shortly after on Twitter, and proposed holding the debate in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary.

And on Thursday, the Sanders camp reiterated its desire to debate Trump.
“We are ready to debate Donald Trump,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We hope he will not chicken out. I think it will be great for America to see these two candidates and the different visions they have for America going forward. What we’ll have to see, Wolf, is does Donald Trump have the courage to get on the stage with Bernie Sanders. That remains to be seen.”
—Updated at 4:30 p.m.
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