Donald Trump says he's withdrawing as moderator of a GOP presidential debate in Iowa.
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were the only Republican candidates who agreed to the Dec. 27 debate, sponsored by the conservative website Newsmax.
The rest of the GOP field bowed out, with Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman making clear they believe the debate would be a spectacle with Trump as moderator.
"I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate," Trump said in a statement.
Trump said he's still not ruling out the possibility of running for president as an independent. He said he's stepping aside as moderator of the debate to avoid any conflict of interest.
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