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December 03, 2011
Ron Paul: Of Course I'm Not Going To Show Up To Trump's Debate. Newt Gingrich: I'm There!
Advantage: Um, yeah, ah....Ron Paul.
I had this in the last thread but it's probably worth discussing a bit more.
Here's Paul's statement.
“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.
Newt has accepted the invitation from Newsmax for a December 27 debate in Iowa.
As I wrote in the last post I think anyone who shows up to the Trump Show should be disqualified from serious contention. So that's....awkward.
I guess it makes sense since Newt is running as "I'll debate anyone, anywhere" guy but I think considering he's doing at least two 1 on 1 debates (Cain and Huntsman) and Mitt has chickened out on facing Gingrich, Newt might have gotten a pass on this one.
It'll be interesting to see who else accepts this. What if Newt is still the front runner, none of the other regulars accept (Huntsman already said no) and he's on stage with Trump and....Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer? That's going to be...pathetic.
With Newt it's always a matter of taking the good with the bad and more often than you'd like, the downright awful.
Added: Newt confirms.
Newt on Trump debate: "How could you turn down the Donald? ... I would want to go just for the entertainment value."
Well, as long as he's entertained!
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