Will Trump and Carson Skip The Next Republican Debate?

According to Donald Trump’s campaign manager it appeared that he might skip the next debate on CNBC.

Apparently there were people within Donald Trump’s campaign, as well as several other candidates, who were unhappy about the criteria set forth by CNBC.

The campaign manager for Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, had this to say in a recent interview…

“The criteria that was outlined by CNBC was never discussed with any of the candidates or the campaigns. So what CNBC did was send out a memo and said, ‘Here’s the criteria as you have approved them and that went out to all the campaigns. We said we never agreed to this criteria.’”

One of the major sticking points was the length of the debate.  They weren’t too happy with the 3 hour length of the CNN Debate.

This led to a joint letter from Dr. Carson and Trump saying…

“Neither Mr. Trump or Dr. Carson will participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include opening and closing statements.”

Trump even took to Twitter with this comment:

“The @GOP should not agree to the ridiculous debate terms that @CNBC is asking unless there is a major benefit to the party.”

All of this has appeared to work as early this morning CNBC began informing the candidates that the debate will be limited to 2 hours.

It was interesting to see both the Trump and Carson campaigns work together on this one.

What are your thoughts?  Do you believe Dr. Carson and Donald Trump would have followed through on this threat?

Now, let’s get into some reader feedback…

Here was some feedback on a letter I wrote about the first Democratic debate and how much free stuff the Democratic party is promising…

“No call them what they are; Communists.  Hilary AND the (expletive) are card carrying Alinsky communists. Bernie is beyond a socialist and the rest? Well check out their record. O’Malley if I understand it right, was a dismal failure in MD and a repub took over recently. All this talk about programs and no means to pay. Same song second verse. Remember 2008 when Hilary said “I propose….and I have a hundred more just like it”

This is nothing new! Revenue is down, the only way to get it back up is JOBS, that pay wages, sell products and make others  money. Yes, it IS the economy stupid!”


My comment: Thanks Rodney.  You’re right when you say, “and no means to pay”.  There was lots of talk on free college and health care without one explanation on how to pay for all of this.

“I was a bit sickened last night listening to the debate. Never a mention of the values that made our country great. Socialism! Show me where it has worked!

Nothing, just pandering to the people that want free stuff. Don’t they know that the well is dry and anything given can be taken away?”


My comment:  So true.  Hillary, was the only candidate to even make a half hearted attempt to defend capitalism and back off the socialist agenda by saying, “it would be a “big mistake” for the U.S. to turn its back on the system that built the American middle class”  The demonization of hard work and entrepreneurship is what I find sickening.  Especially since these will be the folks who are responsible for paying for these entitlement promises.

“Can you imagine how soon it will be before we are totally bankrupt? Every election they promise all of the free stuff knowing it will never pass congress just to get votes. Trump is correct, this is the last chance, it will be too late after 2026.”


My comment: Phil, I’d argue that we’re already bankrupt.  My hope is that we aren’t too late to fix it.

As usual we also have some hate mail today… Looks like the “grammar police” are out in full force.

“Absolutely pathetic! Please buy your staff an english grammar book and make sure they know how to use it.

“Dem Debate Promises Lot’s of Free Stuff (For Illegal’s Too)”. I’m curious. Who is Lot and what is his free stuff? And what is an illegals too? “Lots” and “illegals” are plural, NOT possessive.

How about “Dem Debate Promises Lots of Free Stuff (For Illegals, Too)”?

Welcome to the American education system.”


My comment: Van, you got us.  Busted and caught red handed.  We often comment on things in real time.  When we get this information out quickly it will sometimes result in some grammatical errors.  Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often, but thankfully we have you here to call us out on it.

Between all of our publications we’re publishing about 20,000 words a week or more.  That’s the equivalent of an 80 page book.  In this case, you’re right and we’re wrong.  I will hang my head in shame and declare you the winner.

Next we have this gem from Diane…

“You’re full of it. I don’t care what you say. It’s all brainwashing lies.



My comment: Thanks Diane.  I’m not sure why you would have decided to sign up for this newsletter in the first place.  It’s clearly a conservative leaning newsletter.  If you don’t like what we have to say you can unsubscribe at any time.

My only point of contention would be this, “It’s all brainwashing lies”.  Where in my previous letters have I lied?  I’m not just making things up.  You can disagree with my assessment on whether certain policies are good or bad, but I’m not lying about anything.

Today, we’ll end with this bit of positive commentary…

“Thank you for your letters and the time you put into them.  It’s refreshing to see someone who takes on all commentary both good and bad.  I’m sure it would be easier to just cherry pick all the positive stuff.  Thanks again for all the great info you’re sharing.”


My comment:  Thanks Dan.  I appreciate having readers who enjoy our work.  Yes, it might be easier to cherry pick, but would it be as fun?  The folks that send in letters that disagree with our assessments allow me to think about and better understand the issues.

That’s all I’ve got for today.  I hope you have blessed, relaxing, and enjoyable weekend.

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