Hillary Clinton declined Monday to debate her Democratic opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, ahead of California's June 7 primary. However, Sanders appears to have found a candidate willing to face off with him on the debate stage — Donald Trump.
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During an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the host asked Trump a question, reportedly sent by Sanders: "Hillary Clinton backed out of an agreement to debate me in California before the June 7 primary. Are you prepared to debate the major issues facing our largest state and the country before the California primary, yes or no?"
Trump's response: "Yes, I am. How much is he going to pay me?"
Kimmel replied, "You would do it for a price? What would the price be?" he asked.
Without naming a dollar amount to guarantee his appearance in a debate against Sanders, Trump speculated the event would have "such high ratings."
Trump went on to say he would "take that money and give it some worthy charity."
Shortly after the segment appeared on Kimmel's show, Sanders tweeted, "Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary."
Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
Just before noon on Thursday, social media started swirling with speculation that Trump was not serious about debating Sanders.
Watch Kimmel make the pitch to Trump.
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