Trump: Skipping The Fox Debate May Have Cost Me First Place In Iowa (VIDEO)

Donald Trump on Tuesday evening said that his decision to boycott the latest Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News may have cost him votes in Iowa.

“It could’ve been with the debate. I think some people were disappointed that I didn’t go in the debate,” Trump told reporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire while discussing his second place finish in the Iowa caucus.

But the real estate mogul does not regret his decision.

“If I had to do it again, I would have done the exact same thing. And the reason is — do you know why? Because I raised $6 million for the vets in one hour,” he said. “So if I took a second place instead of a first place and could give the vets $6 million dollars, I’ll do that all day long.”

He also lamented that the amount of attention Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has received after he finished third in the Iowa caucus.

“People didn’t talk about my second place. They didn’t talk about it as positively as they should’ve,” Trump said. “And yet with Marco, who was more than 2,000 votes behind me — that’s a lot of votes, by the way — they said, ‘Oh, he’s surging. He’s surging.'”

Watch the video via CNN:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: