Donald Trump said he’s backing out of moderating an upcoming GOP debate because he’s still considering running for president as an independent. That and hardly Republican candidates were going to show up regardless.
From the Detroit News:
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.
Trump’s announcement was absent The Donald’s usual flair for self-promotion. Just kidding — he got in a plug for his show:
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very concerned that sometime after the final episode of The Apprentice, on May 20th, when the equal time provisions are no longer applicable to me, I will announce my candidacy for President of the United States as an Independent and that, unless I conclusively agree not to run as an Independent,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’s a good thing somebody who might have a political agenda won’t be involved, and now we can get back to Republican debates being moderated by the always unbiased mainstream media.