Shortly after it was announced that Donald Trump will be monitoring a Newsmax debate for the GOP presidential candidates on December 27, 2011, Ron Paul said he would not be participating in the event.
Paul believes that having a television reality show host and failed former GOP candidate in such a position is ‘beneath the office of the Presidency.’ The statement released by the Paul camp states:
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. 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.
Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as a candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising gala of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even consider participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.
Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend.
Reportedly, GOP candidate Jon Huntsman has also basically said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to an invitation to the Donald Trump-monitored event.
Paul continued his dissatisfaction of Donald Trump, as well as the GOP candidates who are bowing down to Trump as though he’s royalty, when he appeared on CNN’s State of the Union program. He bashed Trump and the candidates by making reference to the private meetings candidates have had with Trump in the recent past. Paul said:
I don’t quite understand the marching to his office. I didn’t realize he had the ability to lay on hands and anoint people.
In Donald Trump’s blistering response to Paul’s and Huntsman’s declining of the invitation to the debate, he said:
Few people take Ron Paul seriously and many of his views and presentation make him a clown-like candidate. I am glad he and Jon Huntsman, who has inconsequential poll numbers or a chance of winning, will not be attending the debate and wasting the time of the viewers who are trying very hard to make a very important decision.
Trump also reminded everyone of his self-alleged $7 billion of financial worth and questioned why anyone would think he’s not the right person to lead the USA out of its economic chaos – or at least moderate a debate. Trump continued:
I would like to see how Ron Paul would fair in the world of big business.
Source: CNN, Politico