If you missed Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the Iowa debate Thursday night, he might participate in the next Republican faceoff Feb. 6 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The next debate takes place only a few days before the Feb. 9 primary in the Granite State.
The debate will be held at St. Anselm’s College Institute of Politics and is being co-sponsored by ABC News, WMUR-TV and the IJReview. This debate will not feature an undercard round of low-polling candidates, a feature of earlier Republican debates with so many candidates vying for the party’s nomination.
Fellow candidates were critical of Trump for not participating in the last Iowa debate in Des Moines on Thursday. Trump announced his decision Tuesday, saying he had been ready to participate in the debate before Fox News put out a press release that said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran will not treat him fairly if he is elected, the Washington Post reported.
“When they sent out the wise-guy press release done by some PR person along with [Fox News Chairman] Roger Ailes, I said: ‘Bye bye, OK,’” Trump said.
Trump's chief rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, offered to debate him for more than an hour without a moderator.
“Donald is a fragile soul. You know, if she [Megyn Kelly] asks him mean questions, I mean his hair might stand on end,” Cruz said, referring to the Fox News moderator with whom Trump has been feuding.
February is packed with debates, with the next Democratic match scheduled for Feb. 11 in Wisconsin; two days later the next Republican debate will take place in South Carolina.