“This seems to meet the parameters of what Donald Trump suggested he’d be willing to do,” Weaver said. But, he told CNN, “There is a little bit of foot dragging now, it seems, on their side. It may be that there may be some chickening out, or an unwillingness to stand on stage and really debate with Bernie Sanders because they know Bernie sanders would do quite well on the debate frankly.”
Sanders had tried to shore things up:
Add your name if you want to see a #BernieTrumpDebate on the major issues before California’s primary on June 7. https://t.co/9jemas288L
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 27, 2016
But, to no available and Trump pulled out this afternoon, one day after saying he was anxious to debate Sanders at a nationally televised news conference to celebrate his having reached the needed 1237 delegates to secure his GOP nomination.
This no doubt is disappointing to ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel who last night told Sanders he hoped to moderate the debate. Sanders visit to the show was a celebration of sorts for both men, who’d made headlines Wednesday night when Sanders planted a question on Kimmel’s show, directed at that night’s guest: Trump.
Sanders, via Kimmel, asked Trump if he was willing to debate in advance of the June 7 California primary. Trump agreed immediately but said he wanted to be paid, a lot. Trump continued to make light, until asked about it at a news conference yesterday morning to celebrate news reports he’d clinched the 1237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination. At that news conference he said he wanted to debate Sanders if it was held in a big arena and someone would cough up $10-15M, to “women’s health issues or something.” Trump said he’d already heard from more than one TV network to discuss.