Trump said late Wednesday that he is willing to debate Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I -Vermont), for charity.
“Yes, I am,” he said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “How much is he going to pay me? If he paid me a nice sum toward charity, I’d love to do that.”
“If I debate him, we would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity,” Trump said.
Sanders accepted Trump’s offer and suggested a potential battleground site.
“Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary,” Sanders tweeted.
Trump argued that a television network could pay the bill for the debate, adding that the potential ratings would justify the expenses.
“When we did the Republican debates, Fox had 24 million people, the largest in the history of cable television,” Trump said. “CNN three weeks later had 23 million people, the largest in the history of CNN.”
“I must say, I think I had a lot to do with that. I said, ‘Why, aren’t we getting paid for this?’ I’ve been saying this for a long time. Get paid, give the money to charity, pick good charities and give the money to charity,” Trump added.