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Trump Aide: We’re Not Going to ‘Waste Our Time’ Debating Sanders

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on Sunday that Trump has no interest in debating Bernie Sanders, calling it a “waste of time.”

“We’re not going to waste our time debating Bernie Sanders when he’s not going to be the Democratic nominee,” Lewandowski said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“We are squarely focused on defeating [Democratic front-runner] Hillary Clinton come November,” he said.

The Hill reports:

The two campaigns had talked about debating each other since Trump said he would be open to it last week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Trump on Friday said it would be “inappropriate” to hold a debate with Sanders, throwing cold water on an idea that had captivated the political world.

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump added that it “seems inappropriate” to debate the “second-place finisher.”

After hearing the news that Trump had backed away, Sanders said he hopes the billionaire changes his mind and asked: “Well Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?”

Sanders trails Clinton in the Democratic presidential race but has vowed to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention in July.

A debate in California would also provide free advertising to Sanders in the biggest primary on the calendar.

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