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Trump Plans to Skip First GOP Debate,
Sit for Tucker Carlson Interview Instead: Report

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Posted By: Dreadnought, 8/18/2023 1:39:32 PM

Former president Donald Trump plans to skip the first Republican primary debate on Wednesday and will instead sit for an interview with Tucker Carlson. The debate night plan, first reported by the New York Times, was finalized in recent days after Trump spent weeks crowd testing the question with campaign crowds and waffling on the topic in private discussions with advisers. The exact timing of the Tucker Carlson interview is still up in the air, but if the sit-down streams live on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, during the debate time slot, it could simultaneously strike a blow against Fox and diminish Trump’s Republican primary opponents

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man 8/18/2023 1:55:34 PM (No. 1537170)
In my mind, debates should always be one-on-one, otherwise they are a circus. Trump is doing the other guy's a favor by letting them have more time to blather. Everyone knows its Trump and the also-rans. Now the question is: will anyone else show up if Trump is with Tucker? Do they want to look like just one of the sheep following the shepherd.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: cor-vet 8/18/2023 2:02:02 PM (No. 1537176)
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Reply 3 - Posted by: dbdiva 8/18/2023 2:23:19 PM (No. 1537203)
It'll be interesting to see the viewer numbers for Tucker against those for the debate. I look forward to it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Birddog 8/18/2023 2:29:12 PM (No. 1537212)
The other alternatives were...Trump not attend, and claim that he didn't even watch the debates, or...attend and watch them from the audience(much in the way that a belt/title holder might attend a match between future challengers to that belt/title...after all he was a boxing/wrestling promoter and fan) OR...use a podcast/platform to "Fisk" the debates, offering point/counterpoint commentary line by line. Praising some responses, poohpoohing others. The Tucker show will likely end up with MORE viewers than the Debates themselves....if timed right.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951 8/18/2023 2:40:24 PM (No. 1537217)
To each his own but I pretty much think these debates basically are boring and suck. With that many on stage it is very difficult to really get into the meat of a specific issue when everyone gets 30 seconds and two complete sentences. And a good secondary follow up question is pretty much impossible. I doubt if many will be swayed by what they watch. Trump does not need to score any points and tap dance like the others to get noticed. I feel that instead of learning much it will just be a Trump basher. But I will let others watch and read the articles written and maybe catch a few videos about the event. That is as close to the whole thing as I want to get. I am dreading this coming year and a half of presidential politics.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Citoyen 8/18/2023 4:25:54 PM (No. 1537288)
Trump is missing an opportunity to reach people who may be persuaded to vote for him and instead is appearing in a forum that will attract only his ardent supporters. While Trump is far ahead in the nomination process he will lose big in the general if he doesn’t attract voters beyond his core base. In addition he will be unable to coherently criticize Biden when Biden refuses to debate him. Bad move.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: TexaTucky 8/18/2023 4:28:33 PM (No. 1537290)
In today's world, debates are as anachronistic as roller skate keys.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin 8/18/2023 4:30:20 PM (No. 1537292)
At least with Carlson there might be a miniscule chance that Trump's answers will not be edited, twisted, redacted and taken out of context.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: smokincol 8/18/2023 5:54:39 PM (No. 1537340)
ahhh, that's my President!!! .... feinting and jabbing and bobbing and weaving and always doing his best to keep all of his enemies off balance ..... ah, what a guy!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter 8/18/2023 11:29:32 PM (No. 1537551)
These are not real debates anymore. These true dog and pony shows are mechanisms to raise money for the party, give MSM something to talk about, pollsters something to poll about and get FOX NEWS some viewers ! The old one on one debates with real substantive questions were useful. These are not true tough debates where the knowledge of the candidate is challenged and they are forced off the talking points. BTW, nobody believes anymore that the preferred establishment’s man isn’t given a heads up on the questions.
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