Skipping A Debate Isn't New — Just Ask Reagan, Bush or LBJ
Donald Trump is skipping the Fox News Iowa debate — but this is far from the first time that's happened.By Jake Godin | January 28, 2016
So, Trump dipped out of the Iowa GOP debate. Fox News called his move "near unprecedented." Here are some examples from the past.
Ronald Reagan, a paragon of conservative virtue, skipped the final Iowa debate in 1980. His campaign manager told him he was the front-runner, so he didn't have to show up.
He lost Iowa, and after that he quickly jumped back into the debate game.