(CNN) - With Donald Trump out as moderator, the conservative publication Newsmax announced Friday it was postponing their Republican primary debate to an undetermined date.
In a statement, the newsmagazine's Editorial Director Steve Coz said the candidates were wary of participating with Trump asking the questions.
(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman repeated his claim Tuesday that poll numbers haven't been on his side because he refuses to engage in political antics.
"We're in the silly season of politics," he said. "I'm not going to sign those silly pledges, I don't pander…I'm not going to set my hair on fire, I'm not going to Don Trump's debate."
(CNN) – Donald Trump pulled out of the debate he was scheduled to host on Dec. 27 with conservative media organization Newsmax, according to a statement from the real estate mogul.
Trump, who considered a Republican presidential bid earlier this year, said he will not moderate the event to avoid a conflict of interest stemming from a potential independent presidential bid.
Johnson, Iowa (CNN) – Although recent polls of Iowa show former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum far behind the front-runners, Friday he delivered a message for those who doubt his chances in the nation's first caucus state: "Timing is everything in life and timing is everything in politics."
During a press conference to announce an endorsement from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Santorum said that Friday was "the best day of the campaign."
(CNN) - In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Donald Trump said he was surprised when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney turned down an invitation to the upcoming Trump-moderated debate.
"He wants my endorsement very badly. We've seen him come up. We speak. I like him a lot. I think he's a terrific guy, but I was really surprised that he didn't want to do the debate," Trump told Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room."
(CNN) - Michele Bachmann became the latest candidate to decline Donald Trump's invitation to his upcoming Republican presidential debate, her top spokesperson, Alice Stewart, told CNN.
She's the fifth candidate to turn down the offer, leaving former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the only two candidates scheduled to face off at the event.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum scoffed at some of his fellow GOP presidential candidates on Thursday for turning down Donald Trump's debate invitation.
"Many of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use Donald Trump for a photo op and no doubt try and secure an endorsement," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a statement. "But when Donald wants to moderate a debate – they refuse to attend. That's what's so wrong with politics today – hypocrisy."
New York (CNN) - I spent some quality time with Donald Trump today at his office in New York. Having interviewed him many times over the years, I can assure you he remains vintage Trump. He has very strong views on virtually every issue out there – though they are not always what you might think.
He doesn't lack in self-confidence. He's understandably very proud of his accomplishments. He's a firm believer of what my father used to say to me all the time growing up in Buffalo, New York: "Remember, son: if you don't promote yourself, no one else will."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not participate in a debate moderated by real estate mogul Donald Trump and hosted by NewsMax, his campaign announced Thursday.
Perry's Communications Director Ray Sullivan said they "respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate" citing Perry's "traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus" as top priority for the longest-running Texas governor's presidential campaign.