Trump Presses Debates Committee to Make Major Change to Favor America’s Veterans
“The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its ‘all talk and no action’ politicians.”
The front-runner among the 16 candidates for the Republican nomination for president, wrote a letter to Zucker saying that airing the debate is a public service. and that the profits should be donated.
“This large contribution of many millions of dollars would be a truly wonderful thing for CNN to do.” Trump, who is a significant donor to veterans’ organizations, said he would forward a list of groups to Zucker for his consideration.
CNN is reportedly demanding up to $200,000 for a 30-second ad, more than forty times the usual rates for such a program.
Charges for air time during highly anticipated programming, such as the Super Bowl, are set on a supply and demand basis, and the fiery exchange between Trump and FOX mediator, Megyn Kelly, became a hot topic itself, which will no doubt generate many viewers.
CNN is billing the second debate as “Round Two” to draw viewers to the September 16 event.
Trump claimed the huge increase in the amount the cable giant can demand for advertising time during the second Republican debate is due to the record-breaking audience that watched the first one on FOX News.
The two-hour broadcast on August 6 attracted 24 million viewers, the largest number in FOX history, as well as for any previous debate in history.
“While I refuse to brag, and you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump.’” he wrote to Zucker.
The large number of candidates meant that the format for the first “round” was less of a debate than a series of responses to questions posed by the mediators.
There was little opportunity for one-on-one exchanges between the ten candidates on stage with only a contentious volley between Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rising to the level of political sparring.
CNN has announced that 11 of the 16 current candidates have met the eligibility requirement to participate in the debate, which is determined by averages of national polls. All ten candidates who were on stage for the FOX debate in August qualified, as did Washington outsider, Carly Fiorina.
The second debate is schedule for Tuesday, September 16 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on CNN.
Source: CNS News