Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told reporters aboard his campaign aircraft that nothing short of a “natural disaster” would prevent him from participating in all of the presidential debates that were announced last week.
“I look forward to the debates,” he said, dispelling any doubts that he may be a no-show. “I think it is an important element of what we’re doing. I think you have an obligation to do the debates. I did them with the other, I guess 11 debates.”
Clip via Fox News Channel
There was previously some doubt that Trump would participate in the debate process when said he couldn’t commit until he knew who the moderators would be. He also cited concerns about the dates and claimed that the Hillary Clinton campaign may try to rig them in some way.
Apparently those concerns have been put to rest and he’s good with the choice of moderators — NBC’s Lester Holt, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Fox News’ Chris Wallace and CBSN’s Elaine Quijano.
‘I respect the moderators,’ he told reporters.
Trump said he wasn’t planning to practice in mock debates, as other candidates often do.
“I’m preparing for it like I prepared for the other debates. I’ve seen people do so much prep work that when they got out there they can’t speak,” he said.
“Obviously, I did well in the debates according to the polls, the online polls, that they did right after the debate,” he added.
Trump skipped January’s Fox News GOP presidential primary debate, citing concerns about moderator Megyn Kelly. In its stead, he hosted an event to raise funds for veterans.
Trump’s debate preparation — and lack of it — was discussed on Fox News Channel’s “The Five” Monday.
Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle expressed fear that because Trump “is constantly on the move” and “is working so much” that he won’t be able to investigate any time into debate preparation.
Eric Bolling predicted that even without mock debates, Trump is in good hands.
“He’s in good hands now,” he said. “He has Kellyanne Conway, he’s got Steve Bannon … He’s being handled very well. I think he’ll be more than well prepped.”
Bolling added that there are rumors floating around about who both candidates may be using to spar against in mock debates.
“The rumor is that Mark Cuban may sit in as Donald Trump on the Democrat side,” Bolling said. “And on the other side the rumor is that Laura Ingraham is going to sit down and help Donald Trump out, acting as Hillary Clinton.”
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