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Corasaniti writes: "Rebuffed yet again in coaxing Hillary Clinton onto Fox News, executives at the network had an outside-the-box idea last month that would have made primary debate history: a face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the equally fiery candidate on the Republican side, Donald J. Trump."

Donald Trump. (photo: Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Donald Trump. (photo: Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Donald Trump Backed Out of Scheduled Debate With Bernie Sanders

By Nick Corasaniti, The New York Times

11 March 16


ebuffed yet again in coaxing Hillary Clinton onto Fox News, executives at the network had an outside-the-box idea last month that would have made primary debate history: a face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the equally fiery candidate on the Republican side, Donald J. Trump.

The Trump campaign was initially very interested, according to Fox officials, and the Sanders campaign was on board. But before the debate could be announced, the Trump campaign pulled out, citing scheduling conflicts, so the network planned to welcome just Mr. Sanders in an hourlong town-hall-style event, hosted by Bret Baier as part of his “Special Report” program.

Late on Friday, the network received a surprise call. Mrs. Clinton would participate, ending her two-year absence from the network that her liberal base loves to criticize.

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+36 # thekidde 2016-03-11 10:34
Trump the coward - no to Vietnam, no to Bernie. What an ass.
+25 # HowardMH 2016-03-11 12:23
You nailed it. Trump is all mouth and no action. He really helped out that guy who punched the black kid in the face like he said he would - no problem I will cover all legal expenses.

The guy sets in jail and can not even afford a $2,500 bond, and Drumpt knows nothing about it and is not involved. Just one very small example of how Drumpt is all mouth and no action.
+8 # lfeuille 2016-03-11 19:54
Bernie has to win the nomination. Then Trump can't get out of debating him.
0 # Cassandra2012 2016-03-16 23:03
Quoting thekidde:
Trump the coward - no to Vietnam, no to Bernie. What an ass.

Typical bully! A blustering, bloviating coward.
+34 # librarian1984 2016-03-11 10:35

Sanders is, eventually, going to wipe the floor with Donald J. Trump, and they're just trying to put it off.

And speaking of Trump's cowardly campaign manager, it seems the only thing he's willing to take on is a violent ambush of a young (and friendly) female reporter. Loser.
+31 # librarian1984 2016-03-11 10:37
Decision probably made by Trump's cowardly campaign manager, who would rather push female reporters around than face a real candidate.

Bernie is more of a man than Trump or his loutish manager.
+6 # bmiluski 2016-03-11 13:59
Hell, librarian....Hi llary is more of a man than Drumpf and his manager.
But then, she's a woman so that puts her way ahead.
+9 # Billy Bob 2016-03-11 15:05
You're sort of right. Using the word "man" was probably not the best adjective here. Sometimes people say "manly" when they really mean "brave" or "courageous".

Trump is a man, but he's a coward.

Clinton is a woman, but she's still a coward too.
0 # bmiluski 2016-03-12 16:34
Hillary has stood up to the neo-con 22 year old campaign against her. She survived 9 repug committees and an 11 hour drilling over Bengazi. No one was ever investigated when 39 American sailors were killed when a terrorist drove a boat filled with explosives into the USS Cole. No one was invesigatd when 17 Americans were killed when the American embassy in Lebanon was attacked.
I wonder how well you'd hold up against such organized attacks by such a powerful organization.
0 # Billy Bob 2016-03-13 23:36
Yep. She's a Democratic politician. That's what happens when a Democrat gets in the White House. It will happen to Sanders when he's president too. Fortunately, for all of us, Sanders won't use it as another excuse to triangulate and cut deals with those same Republicans at all of our expense. Fortunately, he'll continue his several decade long history of courageously standing up for progressive/lib eral values, and not flip-flopping every time the wind changes direction.

If Clinton is too overwhelmed to deal with the Republican unfair onslaught, perhaps she's not the right person for the job.

Elizabeth Warren would have been great for the job, but you were lecturing us that she was better staying "in her place", so we're stuck with a man being the only one brave enough to actually represent us, and not just be a whore for Goldman Sachs.
+45 # Billy Bob 2016-03-11 10:48
Trump is afraid of Sanders a lot more than Clinton.

1. Polls show Sanders to be further ahead of Trump than Clinton.

2. Trump and Clinton are old buds and still share a lot in common. They're both media darlings with an inability to actually shake the status quo (Trump's phony b.s. to the contrary notwithstanding).

3. Sanders is exactly the kind of candidate Trump would have no chance against - HE'S A PRINCIPLED PERSON OF INTEGRITY. The whole INTEGRITY thing is an Achille's heal for every single candidate currently running for president - OTHER THAN SANDERS. In a head to head competition of words, people can spot the stark contrast between honest sincerity and total bullshit.

4. By debating Sanders, Bernie's polling numbers would rise nationally, as people all over the country began to see what a fierce competitor and defender of our values he actually is. This would, in effect, destroy the media's ability to pretend he's not there and hope he goes away. This would be VERY DANGEROUS for Trump, who's ONLY chance at the presidency is to face the mealy-mouthed conviction-free Hillary Clinton.
-16 # bmiluski 2016-03-11 14:01
Sigh...really Billy Bob....more Hillary name calling.
Why couldn't you have just left out that last sentence? You would have sounded so much more intelligent.
+25 # Billy Bob 2016-03-11 15:02
When Hillary Clinton can go back in time and show me an instance where she stood up for progressive/lib eral convictions - clearly, consistently, without reservation, and without consulting the latest polls, or flip-flopping -

when she can do that, I'll be THRILLED to no longer point out her current history with an appropriate label.
0 # pegasus4508 2016-03-11 19:32
Hey Billy Bob,
Please don't take this as me defending Hillary. I am in the ANYONE but Trump camp. However, as I approach my 60's, I too have changed my opinion on a myriad of issues. And doubled down on quite a few as well. You get more flexible when you get older - that ego is no longer as important as it once was. Just saying...
+6 # Billy Bob 2016-03-11 21:54
I understand what you're saying.

I'm in the anyone but Trump camp too. I AM willing to vote for Clinton if she's the nominee. Unfortunately, I MYSELF have taken a lot of heat over the past 16+ years, for contending that you don't vote 3rd party, and that it's your responsibility to get involved in the Democratic Primary and make a difference when it's actually possible. In return, it's vital that the Democratic Party plays by its own rules and makes SURE the primaries are actually competitive and offer real choices - including a liberal/progres sive candidate.

We're still in primary season, but before it even started, I've seen Democrats totally come down hard on anyone willing to take them up on that promise. If Sanders' voters aren't taken A LOT MORE SERIOUSLY by the Democratic Party, the party establishment is just BEGGING for people to either sit out the general election or vote 3rd party. It sickens me.

Regarding Clinton, I get that we all change over a lifetime. But, it's very clear that her views are well beyond that, into Mitt Romney territory, where it's just assumed you won't bring up anything she's said in the recent past. You're supposed to just assume she'll be "on your side" when it counts, because you know very well, she's already spoken out AGAINST everything you believe in.

The only example of her being consistent with a major issue seems to be that she's an unapologetic warmonger. And I don't think we can afford, yet another one of those.
-1 # bmiluski 2016-03-12 18:08
Then please, in all fairness take a long hard look at Bernie's political history.
+1 # Billy Bob 2016-03-13 23:29
Yes, PLEASE, do that!
+22 # Buddha 2016-03-11 11:03
Quoting Nick Corasaniti:
Late on Friday, the network received a surprise call. Mrs. Clinton would participate, ending her two-year absence from the network that her liberal base loves to criticize.

I've been saying this to my conservative friends for a while: "sane" moderate Establishment conservatives, those who are disgusted at Trump and Cruz, but who are looking for business-as-usu al politicians who will do their bidding, today's DNC is waiting for them! With Trump's merry band of ethno-nationali st fascists taking over the GOP, what is a socially moderate "I just want to keep things as they are, and have me and my follow billionaires continue getting selectively enriched" Oligarch going to do? Why, throw their support behind people like Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz, Hillary Clinton, and all the SuperPAC holding for-sale-to-hig hest-bidder Democrats!! The racists and fascists will have the GOP, the Oligarchs and Corporatists will have the Democratic Party, and us Progressives will pretty much have nothing...
+15 # Billy Bob 2016-03-11 12:14
And you pretty much summed up the entire situation.
+10 # Capn Canard 2016-03-11 12:44
Yep, but the status quo has always been focused like a laser on money, and especially/spec ifically the power that money provides them.
+12 # CL38 2016-03-11 13:23
i always enjoy your comments. Yet, I can't help but wonder which 'sane moderate' conservatives you could possibly be thinking of. Surely not Congressional republicans who've obstructed for years to prevent partisanship with the first black President in history. You couldn't be referring to any one of them, are you? I don't recall ANY republicans standing up to the most extreme republicans in office for the past two decades, do you?
+10 # Buddha 2016-03-11 16:38
No, I'm talking about the money and power-brokers behind them, our Oligarchy. Politicians are but puppets, and party-locked tribalist voters are but rubes. There are a lot of billionaires, and a lot of corporate CEO's, whose sole motivator is making more and more money, who traditionally have been giving more to the GOP to achieve those ends. They don't want an uncontrollable Trump pushing America into civil war and ethnic cleansing, it would be bad for business. But since the DNC has put up their "Open for Business" sign, I expect to see more and more of them moving their donations over the Democratic SuperPACs and directing the policy that enriches them through the DNC. You don't think Obama is pushing for the TPP because he himself really thinks it is a good idea, do you? You don't think Obama "stood between the pitchforks and Wall St" just because he has a secret love affair going with Lloyd Blankfein, do you? You don't think Hillary's Goldman speeches were anything but love-fests and her saying how great and valuable what they do is to this country, do you?
+14 # kevenwood 2016-03-11 14:03
If Trump drops in the polls some or struggles to win states in the near future, maybe he'll reconsider, and will debate Sanders.

I think it could really boost Sanders, nationally.
+1 # bmiluski 2016-03-12 16:46
Trump will NEVER debate Bernie or Hillary. It would mean he would have to do some work and still be annihilated by either Hillary or Bernie.
Drumpf does not like to work.
+14 # reiverpacific 2016-03-11 15:06
I'd actually have taken some time out to watch this particular slaughter.
A pity that Drumpf the mouth had "no stomach for this fight".
+15 # nancyw 2016-03-11 15:20
It's just that Drumpf couldn't hold a candle to Bernie's intellect, ethics, informed conscious mind and truth. He'd end up looking even more the loser and fool. Of course Hillary wants in on this. Think she would let Bernie have a whole hour to himself??? Politics!
-2 # bmiluski 2016-03-12 16:48
Wow, yeah Nancy, Hillary couldn't possibly want to debate just for the sheer enjoyment of beating the shit out of Drumpf. It has to be all about Bernie.
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