By Lynn R. Mitchell
Karl Rove’s not the only one who’s skeptical about whether Donald Trump is really running for president (see Election 2016: Is Donald Trump running for president? Karl Rove is skeptical).
I’ve been wondering since Trump’s appearance as the keynote speaker at the Chesterfield County Republican Committee earlier this year if he is making a reality show out of his presidential run (see Is it a reality show? Donald Trump enters 2016 presidential fray). Even after his over-the-top glam-filled official announcement at Trump Tower in New York City, he still has not filed papers with the FEC declaring his candidacy.
This week former Bush #41 chief of staff John Sununu made a reference to Trump turning the GOP debates into a reality show. The former New Hampshire governor, who was on King’s show to talk about his book, “The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush” and to discuss the 2016 presidential election, showed a bit of skepticism himself toward Trump being part of the field of candidates.
John Sununu, former Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush, joins Larry last night on PoliticKING to warn the GOP that allowing Donald Trump in the primary debates over other serious, but lesser-known candidates will turn the debates into reality TV. Plus, why he says Biden may still make a 2016 run.
KING: They’re gonna base who gets in the debate on polling. Do you agree with that?
SUNUNU: You know, there are certain decisions in this world that you’re happy you don’t have to make. And, I’m happy I don’t have to make that one. It’s not my job. It’s above my pay grade right now. But, the more the merrier. They’ve gotta make a decision in terms of how to handle it. Something they can handle. Something that’s not ungainly. Something that doesn’t look horrible. Something that doesn’t have twenty people standing on the stage. So they’ve got to figure out how to do it. I pass on that.
KING: Would it bug you if Donald Trump got included and Kasich and Graham didn’t?
SUNUNU: I think that would be a mistake. I mean, that becomes not a debate. That becomes a reality show.