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Trump Says Debate Will Be Real Deal

By Greg McDonald   |   Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011 10:23 AM

Real estate mogul Donald Trump says he’s determined to make the Newsmax and ION Television Republican debate he will host in Iowa this month the real thing, complete with a serious discussion among the candidates about issues that matter to the American people.
Appearing Tuesday morning on “Fox and Friends,” Trump brushed aside criticism about the Dec. 27 debate in Des Moines from the media and some long-time Republican operatives who believe he shouldn’t be hosting the event, given his own presidential ambitions.

Trump called such criticism “sour grapes,” saying the controversy over his plans to moderate the debate, sponsored by Newsmax and ION Television, will only draw more people to watch.
“Most people want it,” he said, adding that the format for the program will be different from any of the debates that have taken place so far.

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For one thing, he said, he would not waste a lot of time explaining the rules to the candidates or to the television audience. He said he plans to get right to the tough questions that Americans want answered.
“It’ll be a real debate. . . . They can go at it. We’re going to get some issues out,” Trump said, adding that he expects the candidates to respond in a way that will help Americans decide who is best to take on President Barack Obama in the general election.
So far, two candidates — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — have agreed to participate in the Newsmax/ION television debate. Trump said he believes other candidates will show up as well.
Many of the candidates have sought Trump’s endorsement, but he has yet to indicate whether he plans to support one over the others.
Asked on the program to explain why some Republican candidates have sought his advice, Trump said he believes it’s because he speaks candidly about the problems confronting the nation.
“They don’t want my money; they want my endorsement,” he said, suggesting that his views are in tune with most Americans.
Gingrich is the most recent candidate to seek Trump’s views. The two met Monday and Trump said they spent an hour and a half talking about issues and problems confronting the country.

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