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marv
12-13-2011, 03:09 PM
Just coming across on FNC; Trump has pulled out of the Newsmax (2 man) debate in Sioux City.

No details, so don't know what the fallout will be.

linda22003
12-13-2011, 03:15 PM
There won't be any fallout; hardly anyone was going to show up so he folded up his tent.

marv
12-13-2011, 03:43 PM
Here's Trump's statement (http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2011/12/trump-bows-out-107281.html).......

(snip)

The Republican Party candidates are very concerned that sometime after the final episode of The Apprentice, on May 20th, when the equal time provisions are no longer applicable to me, I will announce my candidacy for President of the United States as an Independent and that, unless I conclusively agree not to run as an Independent, they will not agree to attend or be a part of the Newsmax debate scheduled for December 27, 2011. It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate. Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate. The American people are embarrassed by the gridlock currently taking place in Washington. I must leave all of my options open because, above all else, we must make America great again!

I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept being a part of the Newsmax debate. I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate!

(snip)
He's only bowing out as moderator. Will Newsmax manage to get the others to return?

Odysseus
12-13-2011, 05:34 PM
First he drops out of the race, then he drops out of moderating the debate.

I sense a trend.

Kay
12-13-2011, 09:18 PM
I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to it.
I love The Donald. Lots of people who wouldn't
tune in to watch a regular debate, would have
watched The Donald debate. It would have drawn
in a broader segment of voters.

Zeus
12-14-2011, 01:22 AM
I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to it.
I love The Donald. Lots of people who wouldn't
tune in to watch a regular debate, would have
watched The Donald debate. It would have drawn
in a broader segment of voters.

The Don so very much wants to be a political King/Queen maker. He is right about having a considerable following, just not as considerable or or impactful as he thinks.

mike128
12-14-2011, 02:01 AM
That's too bad. Now we won't get to hear Trump say, "You're Fired!" :D

marv
12-14-2011, 04:54 AM
That's too bad. Now we won't get to hear Trump say, "You're Fired!" :D

No, but we got to hear him say on van Susteren, "Millions are waiting to hear who I'll endorse."

linda22003
12-14-2011, 09:10 AM
I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to it.
I love The Donald. Lots of people who wouldn't
tune in to watch a regular debate, would have
watched The Donald debate. It would have drawn
in a broader segment of voters.

The ones who watch "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars", anyway.

Tipsycatlover
12-14-2011, 10:26 AM
No, but we got to hear him say on van Susteren, "Millions are waiting to hear who I'll endorse."

That's because they are!

Trump dropped out because republicans wanted a pledge that he would not run as an independent. He won't cut off his options if the republicans are so foolish as to nominate someone completely unqualified. When Trump says that he will run as an independent if the republicans pick the wrong candidate, he's talking about Ron Paul. It's obvious that's who he means.

If that happened, I would certainly be voting for Trump.

Adam Wood
12-14-2011, 01:36 PM
That's because they are!

Trump dropped out because republicans wanted a pledge that he would not run as an independent. He won't cut off his options if the republicans are so foolish as to nominate someone completely unqualified. When Trump says that he will run as an independent if the republicans pick the wrong candidate, he's talking about Ron Paul. It's obvious that's who he means.

If that happened, I would certainly be voting for Trump.

Shades of '92.

marv
12-14-2011, 05:55 PM
Independent is just an alternate spelling of spoiler, as in, "Waaaa! I'm gonna take my ball, and go home...http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/images/smilies/bawling.gif"