If you think the GOP presidential race feels more like a reality TV show (or even a circus) than a serious political campaign, we have news for you.
It was announced today that Donald Trump has accepted an offer to moderate a Republican debate on December 27 in Iowa. It will hosted by Newsmax, the right-wing website and magazine, and broadcast on the cable network ION Television.
“I was asked to do it by a number of people, including some of my friends that are Republicans, strong Republicans,” Trump told msnbc. “I think I have a lot of good questions to ask. I feel very strongly about the country. We’ll see how it turns out.”
The real estate mogul and host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice flirted with a presidential run earlier this year, making President Obama’s citizenship a top issue. However, Trump abandoned the idea of an official run to keep his eye on his business and TV gig.
Meantime, a parade of GOP presidential candidates have already made the trek to the Trump Tower in New York to chat with The Donald. He plans to sit down Monday with Newt Gingrich.
Asked to compare the upcoming debate with an episode of his show, Trump expressed supreme confidence.
“Well, I hope it does as well as The Apprentice,” he said.
Invitations for the debate have been sent out to the major candidates, but Jon Huntsman has already passed.
“Lol. We look forward to watching Mitt and Newt suck-up to The Donald with a big bowl of popcorn,” said Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller in an email to Business Insider.
Ed will offer his take on the Trump announcement with guests Mike Papantonio, Host of “The Ring of Fire” Radio Show, and Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of “The Daily Show” tonight at 8pET on msnbc.