Tech Firm CEO Offers $10 Million to Put on a Trump-Sanders California Debate in June

The CEO of a New York-based tech company has offered a hefty sum to draw likely GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump into a debate with potential Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders.

Richie Hecker, chairman and CEO of Traction and Scale, responded to a proposition from Trump that he would agree to a debate with Sanders if a $10 million donation to charity was made. Hecker told BuzzFeed:

“Yesterday, Mr. Trump asked for a $10 [million] donation to charity in order to accept Mr. Sanders’s challenge to debate him. We are willing to offer that $10 [million] donation in return for the opportunity to host the debate.

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“We believe that Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump collectively represent the voice of the American people. We are confident that convening the voice of the people in a nonpartisan forum will spark the revolution and make America great again.”

Hecker said his company would find “the largest venue” possible in California if both candidates agree to a June 6 debate. So far, Sanders seems open to the idea.

According to their website, Traction and Scale invests in “transformative businesses that makes peoples’ lives easier.”

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On Friday, Trump responded to the proposition by backing out, saying:

“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher.

“Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders –  and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

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He probably jut doesn’t want to ruin his tan by getting Berned.

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