LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to win the Democratic primary in California and looks forward to debating presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he told KNX1070 NEWSRADIO on Thursday.
“If you look at virtually every poll … Bernie Sanders run stronger against Donald Trump than does Hillary Clinton,” the senator said.
And while most Democratic party delegates have a history with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, “they know that what’s most important is making sure that Donald Trump, who in my view would be a disaster for this country, does not become president.”
Sanders, who has begun running television ads in California as the June 7 primary nears, said low voter turnout in the state and the nation as a whole could help a Trump campaign. “When low voter turnout occurs, Republicans win,” he said. “What has been really extraordinary is there has been a very large increase … in voter registration here in California. That is getting people involved in the political process.”
Trump has expressed a willingness to accept Sanders’ challenge to a debate in California, and “I look forward to that very, very much … and the people will have an opportunity to see two candidates with very, very different philosophies,” Sanders said. “I think the American people would enjoy a debate … to find out why he thinks it is a good idea to be insulting Mexicans, Muslims and women and African-Americans. It would be a very lively debate, I can assure you.”
Listen to the full interview below.