Mitt Romney has decided to take a pass on the debate being organized by NewsMax and Donald Trump for December 27. Romney apparently called The Donald personally to inform him of his decision, saying that he will be too busy campaigning. The Iowa caucus is just four weeks away from today, one week away from the proposed debate. So far, Romney, along with Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, have declined the offer to appear in Des Moine, Iowa for the debate, which will be televised by the ION Television Network, which generally comes free with most basic cable and satellite packages. Donald Trump′s reaction to Romney′s decision was not as harsh as were his responses to Paul and Huntsman, but negative none the less.
″It would seem logical to me that if I was substantially behind in the polls, especially in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, I would be participating in the debate. But, I can also understand why Governor Romney decided not to do it.″ Did Donald Trump just call Mitt Romney a coward? He certainly seems to be calling him a failure.
Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have so far accepted the invitation to the Trump debate. While Rick Perry has yet to say anything about it, Michele Bachmann has stated that her campaign is still considering it. However she adds, ″One concern is he′s already leaning toward a candidate, so there′s questions about objectivity.″ It is true that Donald Trump has stated that he is leaning towards one of two candidates. As well as the lingering threat that if, after May and the end of his next season of ″Celebrity Apprentice″, Trump himself could still jump in the race as an independent if he is unsatisfied with the GOP nominee.
The latest series of polls show Newt Gingrich firming up his lead in Iowa, as well as in South Carolina and Florida. Gingrich is also now a solid second place in New Hampshire where Mitt Romney has lost significant support. In Iowa, Romney has dropped to third place after Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann is beginning a late surge which could put Romney further behind. The old, worn-out argument from Romney supporters that he is the most electable has been torn to shreds as the latest polls report that Republican primary voters now see Gingrich as the most electable and more capable of defeating Barack Obama.
Will Mitt Romney regret passing on the Donald Trump debate on December 27? If he really wants to be president, then he eventually will look back and see this decision to avoid the Trump moderated debate as one reason for his failure. Romney has forgotten, or is ignorant, of the old battle axiom of General Andrew Johnston, the first Confederate commander-in-chief before Robert E, Lee. Johnston recognized that modern warfare is not about occupying territory, but engaging and destroying the enemy′s armies. A strategy of avoiding fights you do not think you can win is an admission of defeat. Weaker opponents can still engage and fight resulting in a positive outcome if they use the right tactics. With time running out, Romney needs to battle Newt and the others more so now than ever, even if the NewsMax-ION Television debate hosted by Donald Trump may be an ambush. As Frederick the Great would say, ″Audacity, audacity! Always audacity!″