WASHINGTON – The presidential election is still more than a year away, but next week’s Republican debate is already gaining a lot of attention.
On Wednesday, presidential candidate Donald Trump published a letter that he sent to CNN ahead of the debate.
“While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump,” he wrote.
Trump said that ad rates have skyrocketed ahead of the debate on CNN, jumping from $5,000 to $200,000.
“I am self funding my campaign- I do not want money from loybbyists, donors or special interest groups. Likewise, you should view the second debate broadcast as a public service and not accept the massive profits that this airing will generate. I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups, a list of which I will send to you in the near future. The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its “all talk and no action” politicians. In fact, some would say they are treated like third class citizens- even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants. It is about time that someone come to their aid. Let’s start now!”
At the National Federation of Republican Assemblies on Saturday, Trump announced that he was thinking about asking CNN to use the money from the debate for charity.
“Maybe I should ask for a lot of money or I’m not showing up,” Trump said. “This was one of the biggest shows in the history of cable television. I think it might have been the biggest in terms of political in the history of cable television. So I took, naturally, I took full credit for it, which in all fairness, I should.”