Trump: I know more than all the other moderators
December 7th, 2011
10:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Trump: I know more than all the other moderators

(CNN) - Donald Trump may have made his fortune on real estate rather than politics, but the host of "The Apprentice" said Wednesday he was more knowledgeable about important issues than any of the journalists moderating presidential debates.

"I know a lot of the moderators and some are wonderful, and some aren't, but I know the issues better than the moderators," Trump said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Trump is currently slated to host a Republican presidential debate, sponsored by the conservative publication Newsmax, in late December. Three candidates have said they will not participate: Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Trump said he was disappointed Romney declined his invitation.

"I was disappointed that Mitt Romney, who's been up to see me at Trump Tower and called me, and, you know, we've had numerous calls, wants very much to have my endorsement," Trump said. "I was actually very disappointed that he didn't do the debate. I was actually surprised. He's a good guy, but I was actually surprised that he didn't do the debate."

Trump said the ratings on his reality show "The Apprentice" should have induced candidates to participate in his event.

"I get great ratings," Trump said. "Frankly, this debate, with the right people in it, would be very, very successful."

Speaking about Romney, Trump said: "If I were down in the polls, I'd want to do every debate I could."

Trump said he would publicly endorse a candidate in the coming weeks, and spoke highly of Huntsman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the interview. Gingrich has agreed to participate in the Trump/Newsmax debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Roadrunner17

    Famous for his modesty.

    December 8, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Let me guess - he's selling another ghost-written book ................................

    December 8, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. Mattski

    I don't care that Trump is a fool. The celebrity world is full of them so he's just another fool in a sea of fools. The people that really scare me are the ones who take him seriously - even for a second.

    December 8, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. lgny

    Trump: The one person with an ego even bigger than Gingrith's.

    The trivialization of the Presidency into a variation of the Survivor series is almost treasonous.

    What's next? Trump announcing "You're fired!" to the candidate who loses the debate?!!

    December 8, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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