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PoliticsTrump says he won't debate primary opponents

23:05  09 september  2019
23:05  09 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Business Insider to host GOP debate with Trump challengers

Business Insider to host GOP debate with Trump challengers Business Insider announced Tuesday it will host a debate featuring candidates who have announced GOP presidential primary challenges to President Trump. Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) are slated to appear in the Sept. 24 debate, while former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) has also been invited. The debate will be held as part of Business Insider Today, a daily online news show from the publication on Facebook's video on demand service. "President Trump was invited to participate but has not responded," Business Insider said in a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing the event.

President Trump on Monday indicated he would not be willing to debate the Republicans seeking to run against him in a primary for the party's 2020 nomination.

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"They're all at less than 1 percent. I guess it's a publicity stunt," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for North Carolina.

"To be honest, I'm not looking to give them any credibility," he added.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.), former Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld have each announced campaigns against Trump.

The Arizona Republican Party earlier Monday canceled its 2020 presidential primary contest, joining the GOP in South Carolina and Kansas. Nevada may follow suit as the Republican Party seeks to clear Trump's path to reelection.

Trump defended the decisions, saying those states "don't want to waste their money."

The move to cancel a primary is not unprecedented. The Arizona Democratic Party did not have primaries in 2012 and 1996, when former Presidents Obama and Clinton, respectively, were running for reelection.

--This report was updated at 3:21 p.m.

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