Trump Counterprograms Fox Debate

GOP Candidate Schedules Troop Rally to Coincide With Broadcast

Donald Trump's campaign appears serious about counterprogramming the Fox GOP presidential debate he said Wednesday he would be skipping.

Trump this week took aim at debate moderator Megyn Kelly, who he attacked following the initial Fox News debate, when she asked some tough questions of the candidate. After Fox News reportedly responded with a mocking e-mail that rubbed Trump the wrong way, he said he probably would not participate in the Jan. 28 Iowa debate on Fox.

On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the campaign confirmed Trump's nonparticipation by announcing to supporters the details of an alternative event, which was described as a "rally in honor of our veterans."

That event, labeled DONALD J. TRUMP SPECIAL EVENT FOR VETERANS, will begin at 7 p.m. (9 p.m. NYT, when the debate is scheduled to begin) at 2507 Carpenter Ave in Des Moines, which is on the campus of Drake University, which is hosting the GOP debate.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, criticized Trump's use of a veterans event for "political purposes," and told CNN he thought Kelly was an "outstanding journalist."