The Pros and Cons of Trump Not Debating During the GOP Primaries


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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Jeremy Murphy.

On a recent Price of Business, Price and Murphy discussed Trump’s decision to not participate in the upcoming GOP debates. Will that view change?

As the Republican Party gears up for the primary season, a noticeable absence looms over the debates: at this point former President Donald Trump has chosen not to participate in the verbal jousting. While his decision has generated mixed reactions within the party and among voters, there are undeniable pros and cons to Trump’s choice to abstain from debating.


Avoiding Ganging Up: Trump’s primary fear of being ganged up on by his GOP opponents is understandable.

By forgoing debates, Trump can maintain control over his public narrative. Debates provide ample opportunities for opponents to scrutinize his policies and past actions, potentially further damaging his tarnished reputation. Without engaging in debates, Trump can strategically present his message through other media channels, where he can curate the narrative in his favor.


Missed Opportunity for Chris Christie: Trump’s decision not to participate creates a significant opening for other candidates, particularly for seasoned politician Chris Christie. With Trump’s absence, Christie has a higher chance of garnering the spotlight and attracting more supporters who might have otherwise leaned towards the former president. Christie has been the only GOP challenger to tackle Trump straight on. Of course this is a two edged sword for Trump’s opponents because viewership will likely be hit hard by a Trump absence.

Perception of Weakness: Trump’s refusal to debate could be perceived as a sign of weakness or an inability to defend his policies. This could undermine his reputation as a “tough” player in the eyes of some voters, potentially impacting his overall popularity.

Limited Engagement with GOP Base: Debates provide a platform for candidates to connect with their party’s base directly. Trump’s absence may hinder his ability to rally supporters and energize the Republican base, which could have implications for voter turnout in the primaries. Of course, much of Trump’s support has no historic connection to the GOP anyway. Many (if not most) of Trump’s supporters are pro-Trump, but could care less about the GOP.

Lost Opportunity to Differentiate: Debates are a crucial venue for candidates to showcase their ideas and differentiate themselves from their opponents. By not participating, Trump loses a chance to highlight his policy stances and distinguish himself from other contenders.

In conclusion, Trump’s decision not to debate in the GOP primaries has its share of advantages and drawbacks. While it protects him from potential ganging up and allows him to maintain media control, it could also create opportunities for other candidates like Chris Christie. However, Trump’s absence may leave him vulnerable to perceptions of weakness and limit his engagement with the GOP base. Ultimately, only time will tell how this strategic move will impact his standing within the Republican Party and the primary race’s overall outcome.

According to a statement, “Jeremy Murphy is a sarcastic, embittered veteran of the media industry. Founder of 360bespoke, a respected boutique PR agency in New York, Murphy handles a full roster of clients in the lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and start-up fields. Previously, he was Vice President of Communications at CBS, where he worked for 14 years. There, he oversaw PR for many of its divisions and created its glossy magazine Watch. Murphy started as a journalist, working with Knight Ridder newspapers and Mediaweek. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and lives in New York with his cat, Champers.”


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