Fox News Cancels GOP Debate After Donald Trump, John Kasich Back Out

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Fox News has canceled its upcoming GOP debate following Donald Trump’s announcement that he would not be participating.

In a phone interview on “Fox and Friends,” Trump said he “was very surprised when I heard that Fox called for a debate.” His rival John Kasich then indicated that he would not participate.

“I think we have had enough debates,” Trump said (via CBS News). “We have had 11 or 12 debates. I did really well on the last one. I think I have done well in all the debates… But I think we’ve had enough. How many times can the same people ask you the same question?”

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He added: “Nobody told me about it. And I won’t be there, no. I’m making a very major speech in front of a very important group of people.”

That “very important group of people” turns out to be the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which holds its annual conference in Washington, D.C., from March 20-22.

Fox News’ executive VP of news Michael Clemente confirmed that the debate had been cancelled in an email to Variety.

“On Feb. 20, the Republican National Committee announced that a GOP presidential primary debate would be held on March 21 in Salt Lake City,” Clemente said. “They offered that debate to Fox News Channel to host, provided there were enough candidates actively campaigning. This morning, Donald Trump announced he would not be participating in the debate. Shortly afterward, John Kasich’s campaign announced that without Trump at the debate, Kasich would not participate. Ted Cruz has expressed a willingness to debate Trump or Kasich — or both. But obviously, there needs to be more than one participant. So the Salt Lake City debate is cancelled.”

A source close to the matter explained that the network was slow to confirm the debate’s cancellation because Clemente was still trying to persuade Trump to participate. Trump himself admitted at the recent CNN debate that he was aware more debates were on the horizon. “I think they want to do two more debates, and I guess I’m pretty much okay with it,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

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This is not the first debate Trump has elected to skip. He boycotted January’s Fox News debate, hosted by his media nemesis, Megyn Kelly. He continued to criticize her on Twitter on Tuesday.

The debates have proven a ratings bonanza for cable news networks, starting with Fox News’s first GOP debate in August, which drew a record 24 million viewers. Democratic debates have delivered smaller numbers, but still have shattered records. CNN’s coverage of the first Democratic debate in October drew 15.3 million viewers, setting a new record for the party’s primary debates.

The question now is whether there will be another GOP primary debate, after Trump’s declaration that “we’ve had enough.” The Democratic National Committee has debates slated for April and May, but no details and dates have been announced.

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  1. Take the USA back from the Ruling Elite says:

    Every Time the Media attacks TRUMP they attack the FED UP Working Poor and Middle Class. Every Time a video is shown of Muslims B*tching about how bad they have it, or Illegal Aliens wanting Rights they don’t deserve. The American People take it PERSONALLY! They’re sick of CAIR, the LGBT-Q Whiners, and the Social Justice Warrior Scum-Bags! If MUSLIMS have it so bad, and hate Donald Trump, the USA or it’s Citizens THEY CAN LEAVE! Just like the Illegal Aliens! Quit acting like the world REVOLVES AROUND YOU! Dips like Ellen Page can cry too! Boo hoo! Ted Cruz hates GAY PEOPLE! Well Canadian Honey, go to IRAN, Saudi Arabia or the UAE then preach your Queer Lifestyle! If you really want to get PERSECUTED JUST DO IT! Or else why not leave the USA! Nobody asked you to come here!

    The GOP Establishment is just as much against the American people as the Dems. One thing is for sure, the GOP-E has no Honor or Integrity! When Mitt Romney ran, people were told Vote for Mitt, he’s the Nominee. Even if you disagree with him on Abortion or Pro-Gay Social Issues he’s better than Obama. Well the GOP-E isn’t standing with their own FRONT RUNNER! Hypocrites!

    The Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Radical Muslim GOP-E would rather kill of Half the Population of the USA, For their sick Globalists Georgia Guidestones Ideals, Than ensure Domestic Tranquility and Rule of Law! Just like the Globalist Dems, they sell their own Nation down the river into Economic Slavery and Dependence on China. Two Words sum up Trump > Self Reliance < ! Sanders, Clinton and their supporters just don't get that concept!

    Keep attacking Trump, and you attack the Fed Up Masses! Those against the Bailouts, Radical Islam and Forced Illegal Immigration! Obama TEAR DOWN THE FENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND TELL YOUR SS TO TAKE A HIKE! Before you're critical of Gun Owners, and people who are against OPEN BORDERS!

  2. cadavra says:

    I hate like hell to agree with Trump, but he’s right. All of them–and he’s the worst offender–are just recycling the same canned responses over and over again. And frankly, Bernie and Hillary are heading in that direction as well. Enough already.

  3. Alex says:

    I love Trump BUT, I would have been watching “Gotham” Monday night….which is what I’ll be watching Monday night.

  4. smellyKelly says:

    I agree…no more debates. They have just turned into “comment on what so and so said about you” This is just meaningless.

  5. will says:

    And media critics whine about the lack of critical Trump coverage…it was Kasich’s pullout that caused the debate to be cancelled, not Trump’s.

  6. anthony says:

    Megyn Kelly is the queen of egotistical arrogance!! One need not look any further than to surmise or fathom by watching the cunning manipulative Megyn, set up her ongoing underhanded deceptive question to Trump, regarding women in her first interview debate. How stupid does Fox network believe that the TV audience are, including when all the butt kissing co-commentators keep defending and addressing the subject of how badly and insulting Trump was to the self-seeking publicity scheming Megyn? To add additional insult, please count the numerous times since the first debate including the subsequent debates that the duplicitous princesses of political manipulation keeps repeating how all the women in the country are very upset and hate Trump. It’s blatantly clear with her new hair cut and all the fake make-up which can’t hide Megyn’s unscrupulous personal disdain for Trump. Her pompous, narcissistic is also obvious by spelling her name, Megyn!! As oppose to being compared to other women with the spelling of Megan. Her venal treatment of Trump was her obvious Machiavellian stepping stone by getting her own Fox TV show and also hiring an agent to represent her in commercial’s, books etc. One thing is for sure she can’t convince anyone of her professional so call talent because her inability to act by her phony smile in order to hide her ongoing selfish self-serving reason to replace the shoes of the honest Diane Sawyer! Lassie has better acting ability than she’s have including her lack of loyalty to the truth.

    • Tired of Debates, Too says:

      Hey, she’s show biz. And Drumpf’s show biz to the core…a hustler as well. No difference between either of them.

    • Richard says:

      LOL Anthony I bet you have a few issues with women in positions of power and influence, that is a bit of a tirade. And commenting about HER hair and makeup when Trump sports the most ridiculous hair ever and so much fake tan on his face but not around his eyes which show his natural pale white pallor ( does be spray it wearing goggles ) that he looks like an orange raccoon wearing a fright wig. Not to mention his condescending additude towards ….well just about everyone not willing to crown him King. Trump is one of he most self serving candidates ever and used a campaign victory speach to hawk his failed product lines which are only sold to Trump properties. You call her narcissistic LOL …Trump is the King of Narcissists . This is a man, a candidate for president who during a debate bragged about his penis size!

  7. TexBill says:

    T Rump is nothing but a chicken. The “great deal-maker” has exposed himself as a coward. Maybe Putin will pull T Rump into a “kitchen debate” (like Nixon/Khrushchev) and he’ll run away from it.

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