(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Donald Trump, the leading contender for the GOP nomination, has snubbed an interview invitation by journalist Tucker Carlson during the first 2024 forum for Republican presidential candidates.
According to most public opinion polls, Trump leads the second-closest Republican nomination competitor, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, by tens of percentage points.
Since April, the 45th president of the United States has suggested that he wouldn’t participate even in 2024 GOP primary debates because of his massive lead in the polls and allegedly biased debate organizers and venues, such as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
Trump has chosen to skip an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson during an interview series with 2024 GOP presidential contenders on Friday, The Daily Caller reports, citing Bob Vander Plaats, the CEO of conservative Iowa nonprofit “The Family Leader.”
The Tucker Carson interview series will be part of an Iowa forum hosted by Blaze Media and The Family Leader.
Six other Republican presidential nomination candidates have agreed to be interviewed by Carlson: US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Governor and US Ambassador Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Iowa, the first state in the Republican primary and caucus calendar, has officially scheduled its 2024 caucus for January 15, thus kicking off a rush by GOP nomination contenders to attract support before the first vote in the 2024 presidential campaign.
A Des Moines Register report informs that every Republican presidential candidate will visit Iowa over the next three weeks.
The only exception will be former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who seems to be focusing on running an explicitly anti-Trump campaign despite previously being an ally of the former president.
The Trump campaign has yet to offer comments on his decision to snub the interview opportunity with Tucker Carlson in Iowa.
The report points out that Trump remains well ahead of all his rivals for the GOP nomination.
He presently enjoys 53% support among Republican voters, according to the polling average of Real Clear Politics.
Trump isn't sitting down with Tucker https://t.co/NbEKXGtASN
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 11, 2023