Stupid because when — everybody knows the reason he’s skipping the debates is because he got clobbered in the last four debates.

And first of all, if you’re not in the debate, you’re not in the race. These debates are making the race. Nobody cares how many babies they kiss in Iowa. They look at the debates and decide who to vote for.

And secondly, everybody knows that the reason he’s not debating is because he’s afraid to because he’s afraid he’ll mess it up again. And these debates are really an audition. We’re asking them all to audition for the role of the guy who debates Obama. And if you say you can’t cut it, you’re not going to get nominated.

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