Reagan Aide: Republican Candidates Should Join Trump Debate

Wednesday, 07 Dec 2011 01:13 PM

By Martin Gould

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Republicans should “jump at the opportunity” to share the stage with property mogul Donald Trump in the Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate, says former Ronald Reagan aide Jeffrey Lord.

Trump’s record as a job creator makes him precisely the kind of person the GOP should embrace, Lord writes in an article for the American Spectator.

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And he said GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich hit the nail on the head: “If the candidates can’t handle Donald Trump, why in the world would anyone think they can handle [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad or [Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez or al-Qaida?”

Three candidates — Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Jon Huntsman — have turned down the invitation to appear in the Dec. 27 debate in Des Moines in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

“Yes, yes, yes, The Donald has morphed into a so-called ‘reality TV’ star,” writes Lord, who was Reagan’s associate political director. “But no one in their right mind thinks of Donald Trump as other than what he, in fact, is: a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur. Which is to say, precisely the kind of people we need more of in this country — as opposed to the jobless Obamaville occupiers.”

Romney decided against the debate because he fears that Gingrich is a better debater, Lord writes, while the other two “are turning tail and running” because Trump has criticized them in the past.

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