Donald Trump's Republican presidential debate apparently wasn't going to be big enough for him, so he announced Tuesday that he's canceling the show.
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were the only GOP candidates who were willing to take the stage with the reality TV star and real-estate developer on Dec. 27 in Des Moines. The rest of the field declined his invite, with Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul making it very clear that they thought the debate would be an unseemly spectacle with the Donald as moderator.
"I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate," Trump said in a statement. Repeating his threat to run for president as an independent, Trump said that he was doing the ethically noble thing by canceling - removing the possibility of a conflict of interest.
The debate, a little more than a week before the Iowa caucuses, was to have been broadcast on Ion Television, a cable network. It was also sponsored by Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news website.
"It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate," Trump said