Earlier this election season, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain sat down in a one on one debate that displayed Newt’s intellectualism and fast thinking, and Cain’s graciousness. It’s starting to look like Newt will have a shot at another one on one debate as only he and Rick Santorum have agreed to The Donald’s debate on Ion Television, sponsored by Newsmax.
Mitt Romney politely declined, Paul said no and Huntsman inferred that the whole thing was about Trump’s ratings. George Will has also infamously declared that the Trump debate is below Presidential politics. Perry and Bachmann have not confirmed, although Bachmann said she believes Trump will be biased because he is already leaning towards a candidate. How that makes this debate different from any MSNBC or CNN debate where the moderators are already in the bag for Obama, I’m not sure.
Who is going to be hurt from backing out of the Trump debate? Trump has already declared his position on many things. Huntsman and Paul would both find themselves on opposite sides from Trump. Romney probably won’t be hurt by snubbing Trump.
Will Santorum or Gingrich be hurt by accepting the debate? For Newt, probably not. For Santorum, the possibility for damage to his campaign is pretty big. While he will be getting a great deal of facetime, Santorum will be answering questions from a very strong willed and strongly opinionated Trump while going up against Newt one on one. It is a very risky move. The risk will be compounded if Trump then endorses Newt.
Bachmann and Perry’s non-committal stance currently is only making them more irrelevant. It also comes across as indecisive.
Or is it helping to make Trump more irrelevant? Trump has said that if the candidate he wants doesn’t get in the race, he will run as a third party candidate. Is it better to cater to the crybaby? Or ignore him? And honestly, would Trump get any votes as a third party candidate, when four more years of Obama is on the line?
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