Eugene Robinson: ‘No Downside’ for Trump By Skipping Debate

‘By not going to the debate denies Ted Cruz the opportunity for mano-a-mano with him on the debate stage which is kind of the way people would have looked at it a few days before Iowa’

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SCARBOROUGH: "Raise it for wounded warriors and really the provocation here, and, you know, I’ll just say it, Donald was a coward for not wanting to confront Megyn Kelly. There’s no way any news organization that Ron foreignier worked for would taunt a candidate and troll a candidate and expect that candidate to show up. Gene Robinson, the “Washington Post” would never do that. I would turn to people telling me to go to that debate, say I would rather lose, I would rather set myself on fire I would rather jump off a cliff --"
BRZEZINSKI: "Or in Trump’s case, raise money for wounded warriors."
SCARBOROUGH: "Trump feels the same way. He would rather lose this election than be taunted by a news organization that’s claiming they’re going to be fair. Which is just ridiculous on its face."
ROBINSON: "I don’t know of another news organization that would put out a statement like that and I think trump — there’s genuine — he was genuinely affronted, perhaps, but he also saw an opportunity. He is dominating the news cycle. The story is all about Donald Trump. He — by not going to the debate denies Ted Cruz the opportunity for mano-a-mano with him on the debate stage which is kind of the way people would have looked at it a few days before Iowa so I see no down side in this for Donald Trump and we’ll see what fox’s ratings are and how its reputation comes out. I think Roger Ailes is in kind of an awkward position of feeling he has to defend his anchor but at the same time that was an ill-advised statement."

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