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.