One news network is stepping up with a million-dollar offer to host a debate between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, announced Thursday that his online news network would donate $1 million to a charity of the candidates’ choosing to air a debate between the two men on their network.
“It would be among the most watched debates in the world,” touted Uygur. “It would be a clash of the titans in terms of ideology from the right and the left without the establishment in the middle.”
Uygur told POLITICO that The Young Turks, a left-leaning online video news channel that boasts more than 200 million views a month on YouTube, would be the perfect setting for such a meeting.
“They’re outsiders. We’re outsiders. They both complain about the establishment. We’re against the establishment,” he explained. “There is no better place for two anti-establishment figures on the right and the left to debate than The Young Turks. Our whole bread and butter is fighting against the establishment.”
The offer comes amid a storm of speculation about a potential face-off between the two candidates. While appearing on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday evening, Trump said he would debate Sanders if the proceeds went to charity. Within minutes of his appearance, Sanders emphatically accepted on social media.
“Game on. I look forward to debate Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary,” Sanders tweeted.
In subsequent comments, Trump seemed to back-pedal, saying that he’d require that $10 million go to charity to participate.
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