Trump punts on no debate

Donald Trump seems to have punted on attracting more media attention by pulling out of the final Republican debate before the first caucus in Iowa than he would have got by taking part.

It’s not the first time he’s threatened to pull out of a debate but the first time he’s actually done it.

Politico reports Donald Trump quits debate to stay center stage

With less than 150 hours before the Iowa caucuses, Trump thrust himself squarely into the center of the political conversation and the news cycle with his surprise declaration that he would boycott the final debate before voting begins in Iowa.

At a combative press conference before a rally here, Trump said he wouldn’t participate in Thursday’s Fox News showdown because co-moderator Megyn Kelly is biased against him, and because he found Fox’s response to his concerns childish.

“Let’s see how they do at the debate,” Trump said. “Let’s see how many people watch.”

This is not the first time Trump has played hardball with a debate host.

In his press conference, Trump continued his months-long tirade against Kelly, who moderated the first GOP debate last August, calling her a “lightweight” and “third-rate reporter.”

He can’t handle a ‘lightweight’ reporter?

Ted Cruz is using the wimp out to fight back against Trump.

Cruz picked up the same line as Fox in challenging Trump to a one-on-one debate in Fairfield, Iowa. “Just a few minutes ago, the news broke that Donald Trump is refusing to attend the debate here in Iowa on Thursday,” he said to a mixture of boos and applause. “He announced he will not be there. Apparently Megyn Kelly is really, really scary.”

The crowd laughed.

“This race is a dead heat between Donald and me, we are effectively tied in the state of Iowa. If he is unwilling to stand on the debate stage with the other candidates, I would like to invite Donald right now to engage in a one-on-one debate with me, anytime between now and the Iowa Caucuses,” he said.

He ticked through a list of potential moderators from conservative talk radio, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity—but if they are “too scary,” Cruz mocked, then he and Trump could “do 90 minute, Lincoln-Douglas, mano-a-mano, Donald and me. He can lay out his vision for this country, I can lay out my vision in front of the men and women of Iowa.”

It’s getting to the serious business part of the contest and Trump may find it more difficult to manipulate media for his own benefit so much.

FiveThirtyEight has Cruz and Trump level pegging on 44% each.

538IowaPoll

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18 Comments

  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  28th January 2016

    As Meagyn Kelly was reportedly overheard to say in Fox News Powder Room, “It’s a shame his father didn’t pull out”

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  2. Maureen W

     /  28th January 2016

    Trump will blitz Cruz in Iowa and while the media may not like him, the people do. I spent a day last week watching the debates and Trump was a stand-out against all the other mealy-mouths who say what they think people want to hear. I’m not saying Trump would be a good president – when was the last time US had a good president?, I’m just saying he has the street cunning to take this all the way.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  28th January 2016

      I think that he’s saying what people want to hear-a certain kind of people, crude, bigoted and ignorant. I have several American friends, and they are cringing at the thought of the image he’s presenting to the world of the cliched ‘ugly American’.

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      • Maureen W

         /  28th January 2016

        Perhaps people differ on what ugly american’s are – Bill and Hillary Clinton would rate highly in my book.
        Actually, it would be interesting if you could define exactly what you mean that includes someone like Trump, but excludes people like Bushes and Clintons?

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        • kittycatkin

           /  28th January 2016

          No, because it was Trump we were talking about-loud-mouthed, rude, arrogant, sexist, nationalistic, bigoted and generally unlovely, not the other people. That’s what people generally mean by ‘ugly Americans’-their words, not mine.

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          • MaureenW

             /  28th January 2016

            Hmm, no substance to your argument. You think Trump is trash because he say’s shocking things in a pc world , yet others do things that are quite revolting, but they’re ok?

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            • kittycatkin

               /  29th January 2016

              I never used the word trash, it’s not a word I ever use, and I have never said that ‘others’ do revolting things, yet are ok. As I don’t know who the ‘others’ are and what the revolting things are that they do, it would be a very strange thing to say. This is the old straw men thing.

              Ugly American is a very old phrase, like soccer hooligan and Hooray Henry. I am surprised that you seem not to have heard of it. It refers to a particular type of person, loudmouthed, arrogant, crude and overbearing.

              His remarks about schlongs (a Yiddish obscenity for penises) and references to a woman having her period are very poor taste. He said that Hillary Clinton was schlonged…work it out for yourself what that means.

  3. Timoti

     /  28th January 2016

    Estimated Fox viewership to go from 35 million (peak) to 8 million without Trump. Trump is taking it to corporate media in the states. If his alternate event receives good publicity, a whole lot of sacred cows may become shattered. This is ” put it on the line stuff.” Trump could be gone by lunchtime if he misjudges the publics mood.

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  4. kittycatkin

     /  28th January 2016

    He’s like the kid who won’t play if he can’t go first.

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    • Maureen W

       /  28th January 2016

      No, he’s not at all, he’s playing hardball, and it will be interesting to see how many people view it without Trump attending.

      I would agree with your statement if his attendance wouldn’t alter the viewer numbers- but it will.

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  5. Brown

     /  28th January 2016

    I think its great to see someone playing hardball. The legion of stinking bullshitters that is the mainstream press being upstaged and having its pocket pinched.

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    • MaureenW

       /  28th January 2016

      “..The legion of stinking bullshitters, etc that is the mainstream press ..”

      That goes for the legion of stinking bullshitters that are mainstream politicians also. They will say anything to garner popular approval and are losing because voters have heard it all before and know its crap. Hope and Change anyone?

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  6. Rob

     /  28th January 2016

    Fox News

    Good on him. There will be enough excrement on the stage without him.

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  7. Timoti

     /  28th January 2016

    DARLING LOOK, KELSEY IS TRYING TO GET A LIFE-LINE TO ANDY. HE’S STUCK IN A RING OF IGNORANCE.

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  8. Rob

     /  28th January 2016

    Yep, if it’s televised that will be you in front of the telly whacking it. WHACK IT TIMOTI WHACK IT! Lulz.

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