Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said the Republican candidates headed to the party’s first presidential primary debate Wednesday night “really don’t have a chance” against former President Trump, who is skipping the event.
“These candidates, I don’t even know who some of them are. I was surprised that I didn’t know who the governor of North Dakota and some other people were,” Greene said in a clip shared by The Recount, referencing North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who is among the GOP contenders running for the Oval Office.
“They really don’t have a chance,” Greene, a close Trump ally, said of the other Republican candidates. “Because America knows what we had four years with President Trump. We want those days back.”
The former president and front-runner of the GOP race announced over the weekend that he wouldn’t be participating in the much anticipated debate after months of suspense and suggestions that he’d pass on the event.
Trump cited his significant lead in polling as the primary reason for skipping the stage. His front-runner status has led some to see his fellow candidates in a race to stand out as a potential running mate for him later on, if he secures the nomination. His campaign on Wednesday framed the debate as an “audition” for a potential second Trump term.
Eight GOP candidates have qualified for the debate, which is set to air at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox News. In lieu of participating in the Republican National Committee event, Trump has announced that a pre-taped sit-down between him and former Fox News host Tucker Carlson will be released just as the GOP debate goes on air.