Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted Thursday that he will be joining Donald Trump at his veterans event in Iowa, which is scheduled during the Fox News prime-time presidential candidate’s debate.
Both Huckabee and Sen. Rick Santorium indicated they would like to participate in the event. Both are slated to take part in the so-called “undercard” debate, which happens before Trump’s veterans event.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 28, 2016
“After the debate, I’m not going to be doing anything, so, I guess, if it’s a charitable thing for the troops and he invites other people to come, I certainly would attend to support the troops,” Santorum said, according to Breitbart.
The Trump campaign announced Tuesday their candidate would not be participating in the Fox News debate, due to differences he has with the network. In a press release, Fox indicated Trump’s main contention with the debate is that Megyn Kelly is one of the moderators. Trump felt Kelly treated him unfairly and unprofessionally during the first debate in August, and as referred to her multiple times this week as “a lightweight reporter.”
The billionaire candidate purposefully scheduled his rally to benefit veterans at the same time the Fox News debate is occurring to hurt the networks’ ratings. CNN has indicated it will cover Trump’s event.
The “debate” tonight will be a total disaster – low ratings with advertisers and advertising rates dropping like a rock. I hate to see this.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2016