Ron Paul And Donald Trump Feud Over Debates
Ron Paul‘s presidential campaign powerfully rejected an invitation to a debate moderated by Donald Trump, saying the selection of the reality star is “beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.” The statement added that Trump had campaigned “frivolously” for the presidency, and said his presence at a debate would distract from the issues and add a “circus-like atmosphere.”
Paul himself told CNN that he rejected the idea that Trump could “anoint” candidates, mocking Trump’s current reputation as a GOP kingmaker.
Trump was invited to moderate the debate by conservative magazine Newsmax. The program will be shown on Ion Television, best known for syndicated broadcasts of NCIS and Criminal Minds.
Jon Huntsman also declined; “We look forward to watching Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich suck up to Trump with a big bowl of popcorn,” said a Huntsman spokesperson to Yahoo News.
Huntsman told Fox News Monday, “I’m not going to kiss his ring and I’m not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy.”
Trump fired back, calling Huntsman and Paul joke candidates, and bragging about his own prominence. This weekend, he continued to flirt with a third-party candidacy.
Paul and Huntsman’s fierce words distance them from the rest of the candidates, most of whom have raced to meet with Trump in New York City, in what has become a standard campaign stop. Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich have all met with Trump.
The debate will take place on Dec. 27, in Des Moines, Iowa.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Trump’s debate?