Michele Bachmann Becomes Fifth Candidate To Decline Invite To Trump Debate

The Republican rejection of the ridiculous Newsmax/Donald Trump Debate has reached what might be critical mass:

CNN is reporting that Michele Bachmann will not participate in Donald Trump’s debate. That leaves Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich as the sole debate participants.

There’s only one question that remains. Would anyone actually tune in to watch a debate featuring Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and moderated by Donald Trump, on a cable channel that most people have never heard of? I’m guessing not. Don’t be surprised to see a cancellation announcement soon.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Curtis says:

    Here’s my problem. I don’t want to see this debate. But I desperately want to see The Daily Show and the Colbert Report report on the debate. So should I say, “Of course I’ll watch the debate. I’ll have a party and invite all my friends over to watch it.” Or should I just admit that my life can’t possibly have enough hours left in it to justify spending any of them watching that.

  2. Boyd says:

    Crenelation. lol

    And I thought I was having a hard time commenting from my phone.

  3. @Boyd:

    I don’t see what your problem with crenelation is, it’s a perfectly cromulent word.

    Nonetheless, fixed.

  4. Boyd says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Heh. Less cromulent than “cromulent” in this context, at least.

    But cromulent nonetheless.

  5. Linton says:

    I love this. Hopefully this helps Rick Santorum a bit because he would only take away votes from candidates I can’t stand.

  6. de stijl says:

    When you’ve lost Michelle Bachman…

    BTW, since when does some joint like Newsmax sponsor Presidential debates? What, WorldNetDaily was busy that day? Breitbart is chopped liver?

  7. Graham says:

    I think one of the most interesting things about this debate was that Gingrich agreed.

    Santorum? Sure. There can’t possibly be any bad publicity for him at this point, so why not?

    But the only “respectable” candidate to agree to this is Gingrich, and I have to wonder if he agreed because he thought the debate would be good publicity or because he suspected everyone else would drop out and it would give him an avenue of attack against Romney. Neither would surprise me.

  8. michael reynolds says:

    This is delicious. Last time Trump got involved in politics Obama publicly bent him over. Now The Donald gets back in and takes a repeat reaming.

    Dear businessmen: politics ain’t as easy as you think it is. Stick to selling pizza and reality shows.

  9. Rick Almeida says:

    I am very disappointed at all these declined invitations.

    I demand more clown show!

  10. LaurenceB says:

    Not to start a conspiracy theory, but…

    Possibly the other candidates felt that Gingrich had agreed to the debate because Trump had privately signaled to Gingrich that he would be his chosen “Presidential Apprentice”. That would easily explain both Gingrich’s acceptance and the subsequent reactions of the other candidates.

    I have no proof to back this up – just speculating.