Trump Says He Won't Participate in Republican Presidential Debates
Summary from AllSides News Team
Former President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he won't participate in 2024 Republican primary debates.
The Details: Trump does plan to sit down for an online interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson; it will be released online at the same time as the first debate, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have also qualified.
Key Quote: “The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had, with Energy Independence, Strong Borders & Military, Biggest EVER Tax & Regulation Cuts, No Inflation, Strongest Economy in History, & much more,” Mr. Trump wrote late Sunday. “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”
For Context:: Trump is currently leading in the opinion polls; a CBS News (Lean Left bias) poll suggests he's the preferred candidate for 62% of Republican voters; DeSantis is second at 16%. The Republican National Committee has asked candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, saying they will support the eventual Republican nominee. Trump hasn't signed it.
How the Media Covered it: The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) noted that Trump has had disagreements with Fox News, claiming that the network is promoting alternative candidates. CNN (Lean Left bias) mentioned a Trump advisor who said the former president could still choose to participate in a later primary debate.
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It was not immediately clear whether Trump meant he will sit out all currently scheduled debates – there is a second GOP primary debate set for September – or any and all future debates.
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