Paul, Huntsman Decline To Participate In Trump-Moderated Debate


While many have dubbed real estate mogul Donald Trump as a kingmaker in the GOP presidential primaries, not all candidates are enamored with the one-time 2012 contender.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, citing both Trump's brief flirtation with a candidacy of his own and his celebrity status as reasons the move was "wildly inappropriate," has declined to participate in the debate.

"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," Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's national campaign chairman, said in a statement.

He added, "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."

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has also declined to attend the debate, saying in a statement that "the Republican party deserves a serious discussion of issues."

Trump slammed back, calling Paul and Huntsman inconsequential candidates. He said the presence of either at the debate would be "wasting the time of the viewers."

The debate will be held December 27.

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  • by Larry Location: Ellicott on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    This is just the NWO/Globalists rushing to support their candidates. The "peasants" have begun to wake up and they're not happy.
  • by alimarch on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Ron Paul 2012
  • by Jean on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    We know that there are 2 smart Republicans. Thank heavens!
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      by alimarch on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to Jean
  • by mike Location: colorado springs on Dec 3, 2011 at 11:13 PM
    Huntsman and Ron Paul are only afraid to be exposed for who they really are, especially Ron Paul. After watching Ron Paul on Fox News this evening having either Ron Paul or Huntsman representing the GOP for the Presidential race will be a bad mistake for the GOP candidacy. Texas Gov Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich would be a good competition. I like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich both as potential nominees. I honestly feel Newt Gingrich will take the nomination. Obama is done he won't see another term.
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      by alimarch on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to mike
      Ron Paul doesn't fear any 'exposure' for who he really is. He's the real deal. He won't participate in the 'reality show' that the nation will be laughing at, and rightfully so. It will only drive his campaign higher. I don't know how your mind works regarding candidates and government, but Newt Gingrich is just plain dirty - please do some research. Rick Perry is in no way close to having the experience and character for a run at the presidency. It's painful to read opinion such as yours because it is absolutely counter to understanding truth and reason. As a country who is poised on the brink, you arrogantly wave off the rope to the detriment of every citizen. Do your homework. It is work. It takes intellectual honesty. Your comment speaks to an inability to distinguish between the status quo and Constitutional law that is intended to deliver peace, liberty and sound money for all American citizens. Anything less is more of the same. That's how we all ended up down in a hole next to the people with the shovels.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to mike
      I don't believe anything Gingrich says after all of his lies and evasions in the 80's. He will change his position the moment anybody throws enough money at him. Look up the money he received from Fannie Mae and Wall Street, and his subsequent position changes. He is the definition of a sleazy Washington insider!
  • by JR on Dec 3, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    Donald Trump really needs to QUIT. This is not reality TV.
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      by alimarch on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to JR
      You are absolutely correct, my friend.
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