Paul on Trump’s decision to boycott debate: ‘Good riddance’

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday welcomed Donald Trump’s announcement that he was skipping the upcoming Fox News debate, saying the “IQ of the debate went up.”

“It’s an improvement to the debate. The IQ of the debate went up a couple dozen points, I would say,” he told Fox News Wednesday morning.

“He thinks he’s already elected himself king. I say, good riddance. We’re going to have a much better debate,” Paul added.

Paul is returning to the debate stage after he boycotted the last Republican event earlier this month because Fox Business Network assigned him to the “undercard” stage.

“It’s sort of a double win for me. Not only am I on the main stage … I think we’ll have the best debate we’ve ever had,” Paul said.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” later Wednesday, Paul suggested that Trump should attend the Democratic debate.

“Most of his life he’s been a Democrat. Maybe he’ll go to the Democratic debate instead. He’s somewhat mercurial and unpredictable, so maybe he’ll show up at the Democratic debate,” Paul said.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, said he didn’t “have time for these kinds of distractions.”

“These kinds of theatrics by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are an entertaining sideshow, but they have nothing to do with defeating Hillary Clinton,” Rubio said in a statement.

“I’m going to stay focused on uniting the Republican party so we can defeat Hillary Clinton and turn the page on eight years of liberal failure. We don’t have time for these kinds of distractions.”

Trump is openly feuding with Fox News following months of tension between the GOP front-runner and Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Instead of attending the debate, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said they will hold an event in Iowa to raise money for wounded veterans.

“And Fox will go from probably having 24 million viewers to about 2 million,” he said.

1 Comment

  • Don

    My support for Rand Paul went south after he was trying to figure out how to run in the Presidential election, as well as his Congressional election. His main priorities seem to be to keep his nose in the political trough, regardless of which political office it happens to be.
    That is NOT what I’m looking for in a political representative.
    One only has to look at the disasterous wreckage left behind as this type of politician stumbles from one political office to the next. (Moonbeam Brown comes to mind offhand)
    Term limits anyone???
    My preference would be one (and only one) retirement check per individual in public service, then get a real job and be forced to live in the world that they created!!!!!

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