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Donald Trump has decided not to participate in his own debate which was scheduled for later this month.  Citing the potential of a “conflict of interest” in his statement earlier today, Mr. Trump said that he will consider announcing his own candidacy for president after his television programThe Apprentice” completes its season.

The debate was scheduled for December 27 on the ION network.  But only two candidates – Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – had agreed to participate, all other GOP candidates had already declined.  Yesterday, Mr. Trump was making the rounds saying that his debate would instead be “a chat” between himself and Gingrich (apparently he was going to completely ignore Rick Santorum who had graciously agreed to participate).

It has been speculated all along that Mr. Trump’s debate or chat – or whatever he chose to call it – was a political maneuver to take control of the political process in the GOP.

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