The PJ Tatler

Presidential Apprentice: Newt In, Huntsman and Paul Out

Newt Gingrich asks “How could you turn down the Donald?” Easy. Just tell him no. Jon Huntsman’s campaign just LOL’d at the idea of Trump moderating a presidential debate.

Is it weird that Ron Paul gets off the block with the most reasonable and thoughtful response to this?

His campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, distributed a scathing press release this morning saying that Trump’s participation “is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”

“Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like,” Benton said.

Benton called the choice of Trump as a moderator “wildly inappropriate” and said his presence at the debate will “contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.”

“Therefore, our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend,” Benton concluded.

Trump did not take the rejection well.

In a statement to ABC News, Trump calls Paul “a clown-like candidate” who has “inconsequential poll numbers or a chance of winning.”