Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump says he would love to debate Bernie Sanders, the avowed socialist who is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the Democratic nomination.
“How much is he going to pay me?” the real estate tycoon joked during a late night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“If I debated him, we should have such high ratings, and I think I should give – take that money and give it to some worthy charity, OK?”
Just moments after Trump announced he’s up for a debate, Bernie Sanders’ campaign tweeted with an affirmative response:
“Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump.”
The debate could be a huge boost to the Sanders campaign, who’s entire campaign has been a “nothing to lose” proposition.
Sanders, who hopes to take the Democratic primary to the convention, keeps nibbling at Clinton’s heels.
Despite this however, a win for Sanders is virtually impossible, and Trump even stood up for Bernie and the rigged system he’s going up against.
“It’s an unfair system, and the [democratic party] bosses hand out [super] delegates, and it’s unfair to him….I think it’s very unfair for Bernie Sanders.”
It’s unclear if the debate will actually materialize, or just be a late night joke.
But the Sanders campaign appears to be pushing hard on the idea.
Given the time-frame Sanders has to take the Democratic nomination to the convention, it’s not hard to see why the Sanders campaign would be interested in such a prime-time slot.
Trump takes credit for the first Fox GOP debate, setting a record as the highest rated cable television program, and shortly following, CNN almost beat that record during yet another GOP debate.