The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has announced that they have accepted an invitation to debate Hillary Clinton in California on Fox News.
In a statement, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said:
Both campaigns have been invited by Fox News to a debate. We have told the network that we would accept the invitation with the understanding that we can reach mutual agreement on the debate moderators, the format and other details.
More than half way through the month of May, we hope Secretary Clinton will soon make good on her campaign’s commitment and agree to a time and pace for a debate. There are issues of enormous importance facing the people of California and our nation and the people of our largest state deserve to hear the Democratic candidates opinions.
That means the people of California have a rare and important opportunity to play a significant role in determining who the Democratic Party nominee for president will be. Before making that choice, Californians deserve to hear what both candidates have to say on important issues confronting the state and the country.
Fox News has offered to host the final Democratic primary debate with Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace moderating. However, doubts are growing as to whether or not there will be any debate at all. There have been no negotiations between the two campaigns, and with Hillary Clinton virtually having the Democratic nomination locked up, there is little value to be gained from holding another presidential primary debate at such a late date.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz laughed when asked on Fox News about the network hosting a Democratic debate, so the odds are not good that the debate ends up on Fox News. There is a reason why Fox hasn’t hosted a Democratic primary debate in 12 years. The last thing that the party needs is two hours of pro-Republican talking points and conspiracy theories about emails, Benghazi, and socialism.
Despite Sen. Sanders accepting Fox News’ invitation, it is widely expected that Democrats will say thanks, but no thanks to a debate on Fox News.