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Trump Plots Counteroffensive To Republican Primary Debate

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Former President Donald Trump has his plans set in motion to combat the Republican Presidential Debate which, it appears, he will not be partaking in.

The former president is the undeniable frontrunner in the Republican primary and it does not appear that there is a reason for him to get on a stage and debate people who are nowhere close to him.

But aside from not participating in the event, the former president intends to draw eyes away from it by having his own media blitz, CNN reported.

The network said that sources close to Trump have suggested having him call in to other cable news programs during the debate or to even have a sit down interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“Conversations regarding a potential interview with Carlson have taken place with Trump’s team, but there is no definitive plan for him to do that as of now, they say,” CNN reporter Alayna Treene said. “Trump has privately and publicly floated skipping either one or both of the first two Republican presidential primary debates and has repeatedly pointed to his commanding lead in the polls as one reason he is hesitant to share the stage with his GOP challengers.”

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One source said that “there’s always a chance he may ultimately decide to participate at the 11th hour.”

But the former president is said to want to have his surrogates work the room after the debate with names like Kari Lake and Florida GOP Congressmen Byron Donalds and Matt Gaetz as possible attendees, if Fox News allowed it.

Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are tied in a hypothetical presidential rematch.

Both Biden and Trump would get 43% of the vote overall if the 2024 presidential election were held today. Nevertheless, voters continue to have high levels of disapproval for both men, with 54% disapproving of Biden and 55% of voters disapproving of Trump, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.

The national poll was released less than six months before the first primary and roughly 15 months before the election on November 5, 2024. Biden and Trump are still in the lead for their respective party’s presidential nominations.

The survey found that Trump received 54% of the support from GOP primary voters, while Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second with just 17% of the vote.

In the Democratic primary, Biden currently enjoys a larger margin of victory with 64% of the vote compared to his rivals Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

However, the data shows that the majority of Democratic voters are still seeking a strong challenger to Biden, with half of those who plan to participate in the primary preferring a different candidate for 2024.

Of those, 39% said that Biden’s advanced age of 80 was the main reason they would have chosen someone else. Roughly 20% said Biden’s subpar job performance was their justification, while 14% merely wanted a replacement.

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Only 5% of respondents said that Biden’s mental capacity was a reason to vote for another candidate.

Trump not only maintains significant influence within the Republican Party but, according to a recent report, he is also dominating the early primary race in a manner unparalleled in modern history.

Polling experts who spoke to The Daily Caller claimed that Trump’s commanding lead in most surveys is so overwhelming that it must be disheartening for the rest of the GOP contenders.

The outlet noted that the current Republican primary cycle is unlike any other, with a former president leading the race, holding a substantial advantage in the polls, and facing competition from his former vice president. Additionally, Trump carries the weight of two federal indictments.

Polling analysts interviewed by the DC emphasized the significant contrast between this current GOP primary season and previous cycles, arguing that it is challenging to draw direct comparisons in recent memory.

“This GOP primary is truly unprecedented because Trump is not technically an incumbent, but Republican voters seem to be treating him as at least a quasi-incumbent,” Kyle Kondik, a polling analyst and managing editor for the nonpartisan Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told the outlet.

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