Ron Paul to Boycott Donald Trump Debate
Scathing statement says it's 'beneath the office of the presidency'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a Republican presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Ron Paul has decided to join Jon Huntsman in skipping the Donald Trump-moderated Newsmax debate, and his campaign didn’t mince words in explaining why. “The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate … is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity,” the campaign said in a statement. “Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.”

You can read the full statement at Politico, which observes that the Trump debate “looks like a kind of dignity test for the 2012 presidential field.”