With less than a week to go to the first Presidential primaries, in Iowa, Republican and Democratic candidates are working the state with a multitude of visits, new conferences and town halls. Monday night the three Democratic candidates for President, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Saunders, and Mike O’Malley are appearing in a final town hall for the prime time voters to be televised on CNN. Meanwhile, the Republican candidates are gearing up for the final televised debate on Thursday which will air on Fox. That debate is will give voters on last chance at how each candidate responds to the issues and their plans if elected. The main show though, will be if Ted Cruz has a breakthrough moment or if Donald Trump can sew up his first place status.
Thursday night debate is already heating up. Donald Trump, who according to the most recent polls is leading all challengers for the Republican nomination has reminded Fox News that he does not believe journalist, Megyn Kelly, can report or moderate the debate in a fair manner. It was in the first Republican debate on Fox in August that moderator Kelly asked Trump, ““You’ve called women you don’t like, ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ slobs, and disgusting animals,” to which Trump joked” No, only Rosie O’Donnell,” but Kelly was not finished. She continued her question, “No it wasn’t. For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell. Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” Trump believes that the question was out of bounds and that Kelly had an agenda against Trump.
Fast forward to this week and the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses. Will Trump play ball and even attend another Fox moderated debate? In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Monday night, Trump stated that he “probably” would participate, but that “nothing is 100 percent” yet. Continuing Trump said “I’m not 100 percent, I’ll see,” Trump said. “If I think I’m going to be treated unfairly I’ll do something else. But I don’t think she can treat me fairly, actually. I think she’s very biased and I don’t think she can treat me fairly.” Will Trump be there? The best guess is yes. He is the frontrunner; he is preparing to win not only Iowa but New Hampshire too. Trump has repeated his assertion that Kelly cannot be unbiased but as Fox News stated, “Sooner or later Donald Trump, even if he’s president, is going to have to learn that he doesn’t get to pick the journalists. We’re very surprised he’s willing to show that much fear about being questioned by Megyn Kelly.” Fear, no. Increasing television ratings for a debate that many would have never bothered to watch, Yes, Trump is certainly achieving that.