Trump Says He Won't Host Debate


NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump says he is pulling out of a Republican presidential debate he had agreed to moderate in Iowa.

The real estate mogul announced Tuesday that he was stepping back in order to preserve the option of running for president in case he's not satisfied that the eventual Republican nominee can defeat President Barack Obama. The conservative website Newsmax was to host the debate Dec. 27.

But the debate has been in jeopardy ever since Mitt Romney signaled he would not participate. Other candidates bowed out. Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed to take part.

Many Republican strategists warned that a presidential debate moderated by Trump, star of "Celebrity Apprentice," would create a circus-like atmosphere that might diminish the candidates vying to challenge Obama.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Um yeah sure I'll vote for you trump......
  • by Observer on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    First Question: Why??
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Another phony just made for TV. He's running for president, no, he's not. Obama wasn't born here. Yes, he was. Another "reality" tv joke. He belongs on the "debate" with the rest of them.
  • by Concerned Citizen on Dec 2, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Maybe he'll even ask the question are our congress men and women making profits from insider trading!
  • by Chuck on Dec 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    One loser leading a group of morons! Give us a real candidate. Give us a leader who isn't corrupted by greed!
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