He may not be running for President of the United States but that hasn’t stopped Donald Trump from joining in a GOP Presidential Debate. The billionaire businessman has been invited to host a Newsmax sponsored Republican debate that will air on Ion Television on Dec. 27 in Iowa.
Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy told the NYT’s Jeremy Peters:
“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump … They may not agree with him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”
For his part in the debate The Donald will moderate discussions and point questions at certain members of the GOP party.
The rumor was confirmed by Trump’s personal adviser Michael Cohen.
At this time there is still uncertainty as to which GOP candidates will take part in the late December primary, however because of Trumps ability to attract massive media attention to his projects it’s likely that the frontrunners for the Presidential nomination will show up in force.
GOP candidates are still looking for Trumps endorsement, which despite his failure to run for President after some less than wholesome comments, is still respected among GOP leaders because as Politico points out Trump is:
“A neon stand-in for the type of candidate that GOP primary voters wanted — someone who would take the fight to President Barack Obama.”
Do you think a Donald Trump moderated GOP debate will get to the heart of major issues or simply provide another podium for Trump to act like his TV attention grabbing self?