Sanders, Trump Informally Agree To Debate (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sen. Bernie Sanders of VermontSen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

A debate between presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont may happen before the June 7 California primary (video below).

During a May 25 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Trump said he would debate Sanders in California if proceeds from the event went to charity.

"If I debated him we would have such high ratings and I think I should … take that money and give it to some worthy charity," Trump told Kimmel.

"I would love to do it" for charity, Trump added.

"Game on," Sanders tweeted following the GOP candidate's appearance on the talk show. "I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary."

A debate between Trump and Sanders would be a rare political event because while Trump is the only remaining GOP presidential candidate, Sanders is still battling Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton made a pledge in February to debate Sanders in California. On May 23, she officially backed out of a Fox News debate that would have occurred before the state's primary.

"As we have said previously, we plan to compete hard in the remaining primary states, particularly California, while turning our attention to the threat a Donald Trump presidency poses," Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's spokeswoman, said, according to CNN. "We believe that Hillary Clinton's time is best spent campaigning and meeting directly with voters across California and preparing for a general election campaign that will ensure the White House remains in Democratic hands."

Earlier in May, Clinton told CNN that she would be the Democratic presidential nominee, but Sanders said that is a "presumptuous" statement.

"I am disappointed but not surprised by Secretary Clinton's unwillingness to debate before the largest and most important primary in the presidential nominating process," Sanders said after Clinton declined the Fox News debate.

"I also would suggest that Secretary Clinton may want to be not quite so presumptuous about thinking that she is a certain winner," he added. "In the last several weeks, the people of Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon have suggested otherwise."

A formal agreement has not yet been made between Trump and the Vermont senator for a debate, but Sanders is scheduled to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the evening of May 26.

Sources: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" via YouTube, Bernie Sanders/Twitter, CNN / Photo Source: Rev Dills/Flickr

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