Trump backs out of Sanders debate

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WASHINGTON: Days after having embraced a proposal for a televised debate against Democrat Bernie Sanders, Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump rejected the idea in a surprise move Friday. In familiar combative language, Trump attributed his decision to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s virtually insurmountable lead in her party’s primary race. “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and [Democratic National Committee chair] Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher,” he said in a statement.

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