Trump to skip CNN debate in favor of Fox News town hall event

 January 3, 2024

CNN has announced that it will be hosting a Republican presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on January 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Yet in a move which will likely crush CNN's ratings, former President Donald Trump will instead attend a Fox News town hall event to be held at the same time.

Trump: "The public knows who I am"

According to the Daily Wire, the town hall will also take place in Des Moines on January 10 and feature hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as moderators.

The Daily Wire pointed out that Trump has thus far not participated in any debates, a decision he first announced via social media last summer.

"The public knows who I am [and] what a successful Presidency I had, with Energy Independence, Strong Borders [and] Military, Biggest EVER Tax [and] Regulation Cuts, No Inflation, Strongest Economy in History [and] much more," Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

Vivek Ramaswamy will appear with podcast host Tim Pool

Daily Wire noted that Trump, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley are the only candidates who qualified to appear at CNN's debate.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy was not invited to appear, and he slammed CNN in a post on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Ramaswamy called the debate "fake" and announced that he will instead be doing an interview with podcast host Tim Pool.

Haley put up a post of her own that read, "With only three candidates qualifying for the CNN debate, it’s time for Donald Trump to show up. As the debate stage continues to shrink, it’s getting harder for Donald Trump to hide."

DeSantis campaign official says Trump is "scared to get on the stage"

Andrew Romeo is an official with the DeSantis campaign, and he released a statement that accused Trump of being "scared to get on the stage."

"But even Gavin Newsom had the courage to stand on the stage to debate his own failed record against Ron DeSantis," Romeo declared.

"If it would make the debate more inviting,  we would gladly agree to make it a seated format where the former president would be more comfortable," he added.

Meanwhile, a polling aggregate published by the website Real Clear Polling shows Trump as having more support than all other candidates combined.

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