In a shocking joint letter to CNBC yesterday, GOP frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson announced they would not attend the upcoming Republican debate (scheduled for October 28) unless the show was capped at two hours – including commercials.
If you watched the most recent GOP debate, you know the event lasted much longer than two hours (I for one turned it off at the two-and-a-half hour mark).
For direct rivals, the billionaire and the neurosurgeon have developed an interesting rapport with little fighting. In the letter, the dynamic duo also insisted that each candidate be permitted an opening and closing statement. CNBC’s response was that it aims to host “the most substantive debate possible” and noted that it would take the candidate’s opinions into account.
What choice does the network have but to obey? Everyone knows that without Trump and Carson, the debate would be meaningless.
Update: According Breitbart, CNBC has agreed to all terms. Donald wins again!