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Donald Trump: Will he attend the second GOP debate?

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 31, 2023. 09:08 pm UPDATED: Aug 31, 2023. 09:08 pm

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The question of whether Donald Trump will participate in the upcoming second Republican debate arises amid the clash of Republican candidates in the first primary debate.

Eight candidates squared off in the Republican primary debate for the 2024 election cycle in an effort to secure the party’s presidential nomination. The debate, which was moderated by Fox News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was notable for the absence of front-runner and former president Donald Trump. Trump announced his decision to skip the event via a Truth social media post in advance, claiming that his well-established brand and decisive poll lead made his absence unnecessary.

While former vice president Mike Pence addressed the crowd and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is frequently seen as Trump’s main rival, took the stage, there is still uncertainty regarding Trump’s participation in future debates. There is growing rumor that Trump will participate in the second GOP primary debate, which will take place on September 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and be hosted by Fox Business.

It’s unclear what the former president meant when he said he “WOULD NOT BE DOING THE DEBATS.” It is still unclear whether this statement applies only to the debates that have already been scheduled or to all primary debates that will take place before the party’s nominee is chosen. Trump’s participation in the upcoming debate, however, doesn’t seem likely.

The recent changes to debate eligibility requirements made by the Republican National Committee complicate matters further. In addition to maintaining a national polling percentage of at least 3, candidates must now obtain support from 50,000 unique donors, up from the previous requirement of 40,000, and meet the 1 percent threshold. The order of the candidates on the debate stage may be influenced by these criteria.

Intriguingly, Pence, who has distanced himself from Trump, confirmed his eligibility for the second debate. Given the two’s complicated political history, his presence might persuade Trump to appear. The news of qualification was announced by Pence’s campaign manager, Steve DeMaura, raising anticipation for the upcoming discussion.

Trump’s legal obligations, however, continue to be a separate story. He was supposed to turn himself into Georgian authorities on the same day as the debate due to claims of a conspiracy involving the 2020 election results.

Political analysts and enthusiasts are left to guess whether the former president, a pivotal figure in the party’s recent history, will ultimately decide to participate on the debate stage once more as the countdown to the second GOP primary debate progresses. The future of the Republican nomination race is uncertain and full of anticipation, but it is still a fluid and changing landscape.

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