Welcome to our live-wire coverage of the 2016 race for the White House. Bernie Sanders has responded in the enthusiastic affirmative to an offer of unclear seriousness from Donald Trump to debate him before the 7 June California primary.
Appearing on late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Wednesday, Trump said he would be glad to debate Sanders mano a mano – for charity. At which Sanders, whose supporters routinely cheer his stump speech attacks on Trump, and who has failed to lure Hillary Clinton into a similar California showdown, tweeted that he was game:
” Game on. I look forward to debating Donald
Trump in California before the June 7 primary.”
Source: Bernie Sanders campaign tweet
Meanwhile Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told the Huffington Post that the candidate’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States was just a conversation-starter:
“He’s already started moderating on that. He
operates by starting the conversation at the outer
edges and then brings it back towards the middle.
Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more.”
He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking.
Barack Obama, speaking at the G7 summit, said that the world was “surprised” by the prospect of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.