Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's refusal to participate in the Fox News debate is seen as a good thing by his opponents and his supporters. Julie Noce reports.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump packed an auditorium in Iowa Thursday night while his rivals debated each other across town. Trump refused to participate in the Fox News debate because he said moderator Megyn Kelly had treated him badly in the past. (SOUNDBITE) English REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP: "When you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights - whether we like it or not." There are risks for Trump in going rogue- he's barely leading Ted Cruz in several recent polls. His supporters say his lack of debate participation wouldn't matter. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BETH KIRKPATRICK, A SUPPORTER OF TRUMP, SAYING: "I think he is three steps ahead of everybody I have seen. He is a chess player. Everybody else is playing checkers." Trump's opponents agreed his absence was a good thing. Rand Paul, who qualified for the prime-time debate after failing to make the cut last time, said it was a lot better without him. (SOUNDBITE) English REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RAND PAUL SAYING: "Way better. I think this is the new thing. Donald should just have his own thing. We'll have a regular civilized debate, I think it'll be a lot better." With only days left before the February 1st voting, it remains to be seen whether this trump card worked in his favor or not.