Ron Paul to Boycott Donald Trump Debate
Scathing statement says it's 'beneath the office of the presidency'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
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.”

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Dec 5, 2011 8:48 AM CST
Wow he is upset because of who is hosting the debate? Well guess what, besides being on reality t.v. he is a professional business owner, entrepreneur, and above all, an American citizen. But because he is on t.v. his suddenly a poor choice for hosting a debate? I think not.
Dec 4, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Excellent. I'm still not voting for him though. It doesn't take a genius to see the forthcoming sideshow.
Dec 4, 2011 6:11 AM CST
I was counting on Dr Paul to run over and pull off Donald Trump's wig hat