Republican front-runner candidate Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the coming GOP debate if his format for the debate are not met.
Trump stated this through his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski that if the debate does not include opening or closing statements and is at least two hours no longer than 2 hours in total, including commercial breaks, the real estate mogul would have to drop out of the debate.
Afterwards neither Lewandowski nor Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, responded to request for comment. In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Trump
who has been vocally expressing his unhappiness with how the two previous Republican debates were formatted — said that,
- “@CNBC is pushing the @GOP around by asking for extra time (and no criteria) in order to sell more commercials.”
Delegates to Trump and another Republican candidate,Dr. Ben Carson, submitted a letter to CNBC stating their opposition to the debate criteria. “Neither Mr. Donald Trump or Dr. Ben Carson will participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include opening and closing statements,” said the letter, which was written by Michael Glassner of Trump’s campaign and Ed Brookover of Carson’s. Let’s hope their terms are met.