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Donald Trump’s campaign said Tuesday night that the Republican primary front-runner does not plan to participate in Thursday's Fox News-Google GOP debate.

The debate will take place in Des Moines, Iowa. It would be the first GOP presidential primary debate that Trump has not attended.

Trump, speaking earlier today at a campaign event, said he would probably raise money for veterans instead of attending the event.

On "The Kelly File," Brit Hume said that it's possible that Trump realized that he had overtaken chief rival Ted Cruz in Iowa, so he believes he can afford to skip the debate and not give the Texas senator an opportunity to attack him on a national stage.

Hume pointed out that Cruz challenged Trump to a 90-minute, one-on-one debate with no moderators, so it will be interesting to see how Trump responds to that unique challenge.

Hume added that while this move will not hurt Trump among his hardcore supporters, voters in Iowa take the upcoming caucuses seriously and expect the candidates to face them.

"While Trump has certainly campaigned in Iowa, it will be interesting to see how people respond to his refusal to participate in the debate, which is clearly an Iowa debate."

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