Donald Trump May Cancel GOP Debate


With the wheels coming off the GOP debate he is supposed to host, Donald Trump admitted Friday that he’s looking into canceling the sparsely-attended forum.
Donald Trump smiles at left as Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talks to media after their meeting in New York, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.

But Trump, in a typical display of chutzpah, said there’s another reason why he might pull the plug – he still may run for President.
“If the Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate [to defeat President Obama\],” Trump declared, “I am unwilling to give up my right to run as an independent candidate.”
The Donald had blamed TV equal-time provisions that prohibited him from simultaneously running for President and hosting NBC’s “The Apprentice” until the show’s May season finale for bowing out of the race.
He also claimed that several GOP candidates told him they’d only do the December 27 debate if Trump vowed to not launch a late bid for the White House once “The Apprentice” was off the air.
Trump refused.
“I must leave all of my options open,” the flamboyant real estate magnate said in a statement released Friday, “because above all else, we must make America great again!”
Only two of the Republican White House hopefuls, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, have agreed to the Trump debate, which is slated to be held just days before the Iowa caucus.
The other candidates have bowed out, and some – namely Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman – slammed the event as a circus.
Their decision to skip the event has damaged Trump’s reputation as a GOP kingmaker – and it was Michele Bachmann’s refusal that appeared to wound The Donald most of all.
“She came up to see me four times,” Trump said. “She would call me and ask me for advice. She said if she wins, she would like to think about me for the Vice Presidency.”
But while Trump slammed the Minnesota Congresswoman for her lack of “loyalty,” he heaped praise on Gingrich, the new GOP frontrunner.
Source: New York Daily News | JONATHAN LEMIRE