Trump Opts Out of 2nd Debate

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Next week, former President Donald Trump is set to skip the second GOP presidential primary debate and will instead visit Michigan. He will meet with auto workers in this battleground state who are currently on strike.

Trump had previously chosen not to attend the first Republican presidential debate, arguing that he focused on the 2024 general presidential election against President Joe Biden. As he has frequently stated, he currently has a strong lead against the other Republican candidates, which is why he has no reason to attend the debate.

In the past few weeks, Trump has focused heavily on the strike and attempted to appear sympathetic to the autoworkers. He has also accused Biden of trying to destroy the automotive industry in the U.S. through his push for electric cars and green energy policies.

The New York Times was the first to report on Trump’s trip, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27 and set to have a primetime speech. On that same day, the rest of the Republican candidates will participate in the second primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Trump had also arranged for a pre-taped interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be released on the same day as the first primary debate in Milwaukee last month. The interview had been aired on X, formerly known as Twitter, during the first hour of the debate. He has previously claimed that his interview was more successful than the debate in terms of viewership.

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