With Bachmann Out, Trump Debate a Party of 2
Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum are the only candidates on board
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2011 3:58 AM CST
Looks like there'll be one debate where Rick Santorum gets plenty of airtime.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Ready for an evening with Donald, Rick, and Newt? Michele Bachmann has become the latest candidate to confirm that she won't be attending the GOP debate Donald Trump is hosting on Dec. 27, leaving Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as the only candidates who will be there, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rick Perry bowed out earlier yesterday and Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman have also said no—with Huntsman calling the debate a joke.

Earlier this week, Bachmann had expressed concern that Trump had already chosen a candidate to endorse. RNC chief Reince Priebus has said he doesn't think it's appropriate for candidates to take part in a debate hosted by someone who hasn't ruled out a third-party run, a concern Trump says some debate no-shows have mentioned. "People are afraid that I'm going to run as an independent candidate, and some of the people that are supposed to be in the debate have expressed that. I don't want to give up that option, because it certainly is an option," he says.

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Dec 12, 2011 6:45 AM CST
RON PAUL 2012 RON PAUL 2012 RON PAUL 2012 RON PAUL 2012 RON PAUL 2012 RON PAUL 2012How can anyone on earth in reality vote for obummer after seeing what is happening in this country and the blatent disregard for doing things in the best interest of this country and its people.Anyone supporting obummer and this administratio must be living in a hole in the ground ,blind,stupid and baffled by the bull and tell you what you want to here propaganda just to con you fools into reelectiong them so they can kick you in the can and take advantage of you some more while they make you feel like your the smart one ,glutons for punishment.Cant we have a inteligence test before voting so we can stop them from using idiots that believe anything to vote for them and keep them in office/controll,dumb a$$e$ should not be allowed to vote and make the rest of us suffer for their ignorance.WE CANT AFFORD TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE WAKE UP
Dec 10, 2011 2:56 AM CST
If Newt drops out, will that leave santorum? YOU'RE WELCOME.
Dec 9, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Bwahahaha. I hope they all get voted off the island. Ed Mcmahon's ghost will reappear for a one night special, and chase them into the sea. That's just good TV right there.