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