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Donald Trump undecided about participating in initial GOP debate.

Former ‌President Donald Trump’s Decision on GOP𝅺 Presidential ⁣Candidate⁣ Debate

Former 𝅺President Donald⁢ Trump is keeping the political world on its toes as𝅺 he ⁤contemplates‌ whether​ or not to appear⁣ at ⁤the ‌first GOP presidential⁢ candidate‍ debate. With ⁢a‍ commanding ​lead in the polls, Trump questions ⁢the ⁣necessity of participating in ​the debate.

“When ⁣you have⁤ a ⁤big lead, you ⁢don’t⁢ do it,”

Trump⁤ stated during​ an‍ interview on⁣ Sunday⁣ Morning Futures ‌with‌ Maria𝅺 Bartiromo.‌ He ⁢highlighted his ⁤impressive average polling ‍numbers,‌ ranging from ⁢50𝅺 to 𝅺60% ​in most𝅺 polls.

Trump further ⁤explained his reasoning,⁢ asking why⁤ he ⁢would⁢ subject himself⁢ to‌ questions𝅺 from candidates 𝅺who are 𝅺polling at significantly ⁣lower⁢ numbers.

“Why would you‍ let​ somebody 𝅺that’s ‍at​ 0 or 1⁤ or 2 or 3 be popping𝅺 you ‍with ⁣questions?”

A recent𝅺 analysis ​by RealClearPolitics⁢ confirms Trump’s⁣ dominance in the ‍polls, 𝅺with⁤ an average ‍of𝅺 53% support.‌ His closest competitor,⁢ Gov. Ron DeSantis,‍ trails behind𝅺 with⁢ a​ distant 𝅺20.6%.

Meanwhile, ‍other GOP ​candidates, ‌including former⁢ Vice ⁣President‍ Mike ​Pence, former⁤ South⁤ Carolina Gov. Nikki‌ Haley, ⁢Sen. ⁣Tim Scott (R-SC), and⁣ entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy,⁣ struggle​ to gain​ traction, polling ​in the single 𝅺digits.

When ​asked⁤ about concerns that skipping the ⁣debate might ‌allow𝅺 DeSantis or⁤ another candidate to gain ground, ⁤Trump ‍dismissed ⁣the ⁢notion.

“Or somebody else has⁤ a good night ‌and cuts into⁤ his ‍lead, because that’s what’s ‌happening. ⁢He’s going ⁣down, ⁢and⁤ a‍ couple‌ of them are going up,”

Trump confidently⁣ remarked ‍about⁤ DeSantis.

DeSantis’s ⁤campaign ‍has faced recent scrutiny, ⁤with ​officials acknowledging⁣ that​ his initial‍ momentum ⁣has stalled. Steve ‍Cortes,𝅺 a ‌top DeSantis PAC𝅺 official, admitted that⁣ DeSantis​ is “way⁣ behind”‌ in national ⁢polling.

While DeSantis acknowledges the uphill ​battle⁣ he𝅺 faces ⁢in the ⁣2024 election,‍ he ‍remains determined to earn his⁣ place.

“You’ve ‍got ‌to earn it,”

DeSantis stated, acknowledging‍ the challenges ahead.

As‌ for⁣ primary debates against⁣ President ​Joe Biden⁤ and ⁤the Democratic National Committee, Trump ‌has​ also‌ decided, ⁣at least ⁢for now, ⁢not⁣ to participate. ‌This lack​ of primary𝅺 debates against ‌a ‍sitting ​president ‌is not𝅺 unprecedented, ⁤as ‍Trump faced ⁤few ​GOP⁤ challengers⁢ in ‍the 2020 election​ and​ did⁢ not ‌engage in⁣ debates⁢ with⁢ them.

Trump ‍understands Biden’s ⁣reluctance ‍to participate in ⁢debates, given⁣ his 𝅺substantial lead ‍in the ​polls.

“I understand⁤ why 𝅺he ‍doesn’t want⁤ to do ​it. I truly understand,”

Trump empathized. He expressed doubts 𝅺about​ Biden’s ‍capability⁤ to 𝅺handle⁤ debates⁣ but‍ emphasized the 𝅺point that, with ⁢such a significant‌ lead,⁤ there 𝅺seems​ to be 𝅺little ​incentive for ⁢Biden to engage in⁢ them.

The‌ political 𝅺landscape remains𝅺 dynamic as Trump weighs‍ his ​options, 𝅺leaving ⁤both supporters and​ opponents eagerly 𝅺awaiting​ his ‍final ​decision.

Click ⁤here to read more ⁢from The​ Washington ⁣Examiner.

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