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Trump and Sanders plan TV clash

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By Catherine Hardy
Trump and Sanders plan TV clash

<ul> <li>Voiced plans for a TV debate</li> <li>National clash would be live</li> <li>Critics say plan would sideline Clinton</li> </ul> <h3><strong>The debate</strong></h3> <p>Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Sanders have explored staging an unconventional US presidential debate.</p> <p>The two men – one a billionaire tycoon, the other a democratic socialist – have voiced interest in a one-on-one encounter in California.</p> <p>The challenge was launched on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate <a href="https://t.co/XV8QlQ3MMw">https://t.co/XV8QlQ3MMw</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/736000736283271168">May 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The television spectacle could potentially attract huge ratings.</p> <p>Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees. <p> <h3><strong>What would Bernie Sanders gain?</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Bernie Sanders has invested considerable time courting voters in delegate-rich California.</p> <p>He hopes a victory, or at least a strong showing in the state, would revitalise his campaign.</p> <p>A nationally-televised debate with the presumptive Republican nominee would be a big boost to his chances in the California primary on June 7.</p> <p>Hillary Clinton is tipped to win the nomination. <p> <h3><strong>What would Donald Trump gain?</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Donald Trump says a debate with Sanders would raise up to 15 million US dollars for charity.</p> <p>Trump has now got the delegates he needs to be proclaimed Republican Party candidate for the Presidential election in November. <p> <h3><strong>What about Hillary?</strong></h3> </p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump and Sanders are discussing a debate where they can ignore the woman who’s beating them both <a href="https://t.co/PQgmJpu9fu">https://t.co/PQgmJpu9fu</a></p>— Quartz (@qz) <a href="https://twitter.com/qz/status/735940138702929921">May 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why a Trump-Sanders debate would be disastrous for Hillary: <a href="https://t.co/5kQafJ8mZQ">https://t.co/5kQafJ8mZQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/ibOeN0SQSi">pic.twitter.com/ibOeN0SQSi</a></p>— The Week (@TheWeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWeek/status/736142659245375488">May 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>A live, national TV debate between Sanders and Trump would also effectively sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>Despite being well in the lead for the Democratic nomination, an inquiry into her email use while secretary of state is currently overshadowing her campaign.</p> <p>Clinton says she followed accepted procedure. <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/politico"><code>politico</a>&#39;s delegate tracker for the latest updates <a href="https://t.co/UNv44BcOV9">https://t.co/UNv44BcOV9</a> | AP Photo <a href="https://t.co/P04gsF1siI">pic.twitter.com/P04gsF1siI</a></p>&mdash; POLITICO (</code>politico) <a href="https://twitter.com/politico/status/727681251323355140">May 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>“We challenged him to a debate and we will see if he stays with it but at this point he is prepared to debate and I am very excited about it,” – <strong>Bernie Sanders</strong></p>