Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at news conference in Bismarck, North DakotaBy Emily Stephenson BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings. The two men – a billionaire and a democratic socialist – expressed interest in a one-on-one encounter in California even though Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees. “I’d love to debate Bernie,” Trump told reporters in North Dakota, after he secured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

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