- Jimmy Kimmel Live
Hillary Clinton may have declined an invitation to debate Bernie Sanders in California, but the Vermont senator may be getting a different sparring partner: Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, comedian Jimmy Kimmel asked Trump whether he was prepared to debate Sanders before California’s Republican and Democratic primaries on June 7.
“Yes I am – how much is he going to pay me?” Trump said.
Trump said he would like to donate the proceeds to charity because a debate between the two candidates would garner high ratings.
“If we paid a nice sum for the charity, I would love to do that,” Trump said.
Following the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s appearance on Kimmel, Sanders tweeted, “Game on”:
Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
Earlier this week, Sanders slammed Clinton for backing out of a final debate between the two candidates. Such a debate had been tentatively agreed upon earlier this year.
“She is really insulting the people of the largest state in our country who have a right to hear a vigorous debate on her views,” Sanders told NBC.
Even with a debate, however, it will be almost impossible for Sanders to accrue the support needed to overcome Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates, so-called superdelegates, and popular votes.
She also leads in the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls of Democratic primary voters in the Golden State and in New Jersey, the two largest remaining Democratic primary contests.