Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz

by Jonathan Easley | The Hill  |  published on May 27, 2016

An off-the-cuff remark from Donald Trump to a late-night talk show host might snowball into the blockbuster event of the 2016 presidential primary cycle.

Trump, the de facto Republican presidential nominee, and Bernie Sanders, the second-place Democratic hopeful, are flirting with the idea of staging a shocking spectacle in a historically unpredictable presidential race: a cross-party primary debate between two outsider candidates who have shaken up the political establishment.

Both candidates say they’re interested in a debate that Trump has predicted would draw huge ratings.

“This would be a complete circus,” said Democratic media strategist Brad Bannon. “To me, it shows more than anything else that American politics has become entertainment.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), a supporter of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, said in an interview with Julie Mason on Sirius XM that she would tune in.

  • Steve Dolyniuk

    I do not think Trump should waste his time. But if Sanders should become the Democratic Nominee, then would be the time for a debate.

  • Rick

    Do you want to laugh and laugh hard Opening topic for the debate Don & Bern JOBS Question? Gentlemen at what age do you personally believe you entered the Workforce Mr Trump well I was 12 my father got me interested in what property was and what ownership meant.. Mr Sanders Yes Um! Um! Oh I was 40 when I got a real job. Was I excited to learn how to redistribute stuff!!!

  • TessinBoca

    Huge mistake for hillary to reneg on the cal. Debate, as it fuels her reputation for flip flopping and dishonesty.

  • Pied Piper

    I think the debate would be the biggest mistake. Hillary will use it to tune up her debating skills. Use what works for Bernie in the debate and throw out what works for Trump. If something stumps Trump she can use it and if Trump stumps Bernie she will be able to come up with better answers since they are Bernie and Hillary in 90% agreement. If I was trump I would want to hit Hillary with a surprise attack instead of her know how she would be debated. Please Trump do not debate Bernie. I will be a mistake.

  • paulyz

    Why give Bernie credibility, many of his supporters will vote for Trump over Crooked Hilkary, & a debate with angry Bernie will just pissed them off?

  • original ancestry

    Boxer , you are part of THE PROBLEMS THAT PLAGUE AMERICA TODAY…You and California’s liberal and Unconstitutional laws… The sooner you are gone the better for CA. Let’s make California Great Again… Vote Conservative Republican…

  • Anouk

    Bernie Sanders the socialist communist??? He should leave for Venezuela with his stupid followers. They are starving BECAUSE Socialism. What a bunch of ignoramus.
    DONALD TRUMP 2016.

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