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Bachmann says no to Trump/Newsmax debate

by Dara Kam | December 9th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann won’t participate in a GOP presidential candidate debate hosted by West Palm Beach’s Newsmax and moderated by part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump.

Bachmann’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart confirmed late last night that Bachmann will not take part in the Dec. 27 debate – the last before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses meet on Jan. 3 – but did not give a reason. Bachmann has met at least four times with Trump since she entered the race, most recently in New York on Nov. 21.

Thus far, only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have agreed to field questions from “The Donald,” although Newsmax executives have said three candidates have confirmed but would not identify them. Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry and Ron Paul have also refused to join the debate.

As recently as two weeks ago, Trump, who once flirted with running in the GOP primary, said he hasn’t ruled out running as an independent.

The possibility of the real estate mogul and reality TV show host entering the race prompted some GOP leaders, including Karl Rove and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, to condemn the debate.

“We appreciate what Mr. Trump has done, but if you’re still talking about potentially running as an independent candidate, I think that’s a problem,” Priebus said on Fox News last night. “I think that would be malpractice for me as an RNC chairman to not believe that that is an issue.”

The debate is slated to air on another Palm Beach institution – Ion Television, the former PAX TV, which is based in West Palm Beach and reaches more than 99 million households nationwide.

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One Response to “Bachmann says no to Trump/Newsmax debate”

  1. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Why talk about this incidental nonsense when we have this:

    1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.
    2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
    3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
    4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
    5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.
    6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.
    7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.
    8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.
    9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
    10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.
    11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)
    12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.

    You may think I am complaining, but am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix our national economy.

    Better yet, just move The Whitehouse to BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS and let Walmart take it over!

    . . .

    To President Obama and most 535 voting members of congress, it is now official — the majority of you are inept and corrupt morons:

    a. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

    b. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

    c. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is corrupt, broke and bankrupt.

    d. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right. $1 TRILLION of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

    e. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are both broke.

    f. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is also completely corrupt and broke.

    g. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is another abysmal failure.

    You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.
    Folks, keep this circulating. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our “duly elected’ (they never seem to read anything) and their staff will clue them in on how most Americans feel.

    We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness!”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Someone please explain what the hell’s wrong with all the people that run this country?

    We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless, etc. In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. And now Pakistan, home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!

    Our retired seniors living on fixed incomes, receive no aid, nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of billions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries! We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

    AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment, and on and on.

    YET, they have a “Benefit” for the people of Haiti, and ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

    Imagine if the government gave “US” the same support they give to other countries.

    Sad and insane . . . isn’t it?

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