Trump skips debate: brilliant or mistake?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dordt College, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Sioux Center, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNN) – With just days to go before the Iowa caucus, the first contest in the 2016 race for the white house, Donald Trump now says he’s glad he skipped out on last night’s GOP debate, but was it a brilliant move or big mistake?

“The last four questions have been Rand please attack Ted, Marco please attack Ted,” said Sen. Ted Cruz.

In a debate without Donald Trump, Texas senator Ted Cruz, stood front and center, taking the heat that comes with the spotlight, “Gosh, if you guys ask one more mean question, I may have to leave the stage.”

Donald Trump says he’s happy with his decision to take a pass, “Cruz is in second place, he got really pummeled last night, actually I’m glad I wasn’t there.”

In fact, Iowa voters woke up to this cover in the Des Moines register Friday.

“It would have been a great debate eight months ago, but it almost is irrelevant now in the era of trump because, the fact is they’re going after each other, and Donald trump is still leading in the polls. He was the winner in absentia, of that debate last night,” said Margaret Hoover.

While Cruz was fending off attacks, Donald trump took his show and loyal supporters down the road in Des Moines, holding a fundraiser for veteran’s charities, confident his absence wouldn’t hurt him.

“I don’t even think I have to campaign anymore. Why am I even wasting my time? I don’t have to campaign.  I could leave here right now, they’re going to vote for me,” said Donald Trump.

With candidates making one final push in Iowa, Donald trump is letting his seven-point lead do all the talking, spending his day instead in New Hampshire.

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