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Here’s Why Donald Trump Is Skipping the Next Republican Debate

March 16, 2016, 3:10 PM UTC
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate In Greenville, South Carolina
GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 13: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a CBS News GOP Debate February 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Residents of South Carolina will vote for the Republican candidate at the primary on February 20. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Republican front-runner Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not attend the next televised Republican presidential debate scheduled for next Monday.

“I think we’ve had enough debates,” Trump, who won three states in Tuesday’s nominating contests, told Fox News (FOX) in an interview.

Fox on Monday announced the new debate, its latest in the primary season as the party chooses its candidate ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.


Trump said he had scheduled a major speech the same night—before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—and was surprised to hear Fox had planned another debate.

“How many times can the same people ask you the same question?” Trump asked. “So I was very surprised when I heard that Fox called for a debate. Nobody told me about it and I won’t be there, no.”

The pro-Israel lobby group holds its annual policy convention in Washington Sunday through Tuesday and has confirmed both Trump and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton as speakers. It has not issued a formal schedule.

It would not be the first time Trump has skipped a debate. He also sat out the Fox News/Google debate on Jan. 28, after complaining of unfair treatment in a previous Fox debate.