Bernie Sanders Stands By Trump Debate Idea on 'Kimmel'

Jimmy Kimmel Live Bernie Sanders  - Publicity - H 2016
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Jimmy Kimmel Live Bernie Sanders  - Publicity - H 2016

"You made it possible for us to have a very interesting debate about two guys who look at the world very, very differently," Sanders told Jimmy Kimmel.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! continued its week of presidential candidates with Bernie Sanders on Thursday.

"I’m interviewing all the candidates so I can decide which one of them will be my running mate," joked Jimmy Kimmel. "Usually, I know, vice presidents do it the other way around, but I’m not ‘usually,’ and this is how I do it. I will say, if there’s anyone who knows the importance of having a good, solid number two, it’s Bernie Sanders."

The previous night, the host welcomed Donald Trump, who, among other things, challenged the Democratic candidate to a debate. Trump secured enough delegates on Thursday to become the Republican presidential nominee.

Kimmel said that he's trying to bring Trump and Sanders together. "I don't build walls, I build bridges," said Kimmel, adding that he feels like he should be the debate moderator if the event ends up happening.

"You made it possible for us to have a very interesting debate about two guys who look at the world very, very differently," responded Sanders.

"Oh, boy, do you guys look at it differently!" agreed Kimmel.

Earlier in the day, Sanders told an audience at Revolt TV's headquarters that he'd love to debate Trump: "I think it's important that someone took him to task for his outrageously bigoted remarks against Mexicans, against Latinos, against Muslims, against women, against veterans, against African-Americans, and tell him to his face that the strength of our country is its diversity."

Trump also gave Kimmel a question to ask Sanders during Thursday's show: "Will you run as an Independent when Deborah Wasserman Schultz and the party bosses steal this nomination away from you?"

Sanders joked, "I really do appreciate his concern for me," but added that he does plan on running against Trump as the Democratic nominee. Later, Sanders called Hillary Clinton's recent claim that she's essentially won the Democratic nomination "a tinch arrogant."

Kimmel reminded Sanders that his 28th wedding anniversary is coming up Saturday, asking, "Do you have any plans?"

"Jane and I will probably be in front of 20-30,000 people doing something," responded Sanders.

"What are you gonna do in front of those people?" yelled Kimmel, jumping to conclusions. Sanders clarified: "Talk about economic justice, racial justice ... "