Trump has been kind of shoe-horned into agreeing to a debate with Bernie Sanders.
I don’t know why Trump would do this after the reasons he gave for refusing a debate with Ted Cruz. Namely that he didn’t need to.
So why does he need a debate with Bernie Sanders? Someone most political pundits have written off as out of the race.
Trump has also said he will only do the debate if the proceeds are funneled to a charity. I guess any network would be happy to pay some of their ad revenue to a charity but not all of it.
I’ll be surprised if this debate takes place. The only person who really gets any benefit is Sanders. I also think he would beat Trump.
I could quite well be wrong, but I reckon Trump will find a reason to avoid the debate.
Update- Trump has pulled out as I expected. Here’s what he said. (Nothing that wasn’t known or apparent before he suggested he would agree to debate Bernie)
“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,” Trump said in the statement. “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.”
How could anyone who speaks like that win any kind of debate?
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I agree with your assessment of who has what to gain, and your prediction that Trump will try to weasel out. But, as a Sanders supporter, I’m glad it’s on the table. It could wound both Trump ( even if he does “know the best words”) and Clinton (for always taking the boring, safe route), but you have to admit, it’s great TV.
What a complete joke that debate would be. Someone who always tells the truth but is completely wrong about everything, debating someone who lies about everything (literally, everything).
Sanders, for all he is at once an old-time Soviet Marxist and represents the mainstream democrat view, is far and away Trump’s intellectual superior.
As far as a televised debate goes, it’s gonna be like a couple of chimps flinging poo, but with less sense coming out of them.
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Speaking for myself, I learned a lot about ethics and freedom within a chaotic structure watching The Three Stooges at age five. We never know how today’s exercises in flinging will shape the minds of tomorrow.
To answer your question: he couldn’t. That’s why he was too afraid to take the stage mano-a-mano with Cruz, because he would have been shown-up as a semi-literate half-wit with the vocabulary (and ideas) of an 8 year old.
He is, however, right in that the process on the Dem side is completely rigged in favour of Clinton. That’s why this election will be a contest between the two least likeable, least qualified people in American politics. I’m predicting turnout will be historically low.
It would not surprise me to see Trump come up with some reason not to debate Hillary.
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