Donald Trump says he will be watching the Democratic presidential debate on the night of Oct. 13, but he doesn’t know for how long.
“Well, I think it’s not going to be very well rated because Trump isn’t in the debate — I’m only kidding,” the GOP front-runner said in a brief video posted to an ABC News Twitter account on Oct. 12..
“I think it’s not going to be highly rated,” Trump added. “I think it’s going to be — you are going to watch it for 10 or 15 minutes, and people are going to get bored and turn it off.”
When asked if he planned to tune in, he answered, “I’ll be watching it.”
“I don’t know how long,” he added. “It’s going to be hard to watch. I think it’s not going to be a very exciting debate.”
His prediction comes in the wake of the last Republican primary debate, in which 23 million viewers were said to have tuned in on Sept. 16, according to a recent USA Today story.
And that followed the August GOP debate which drew 24 million viewers, according Nielsen Media Research data cited by Yahoo Politics.
Expected at Tuesday’s Democratic debate, hosted by CNN, are front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.
Vice President Joe Biden, who is rumored to be considering a run, is not expected to attend, but unnamed CNN executives have said a podium will be added to the stage if he shows up, according to USA Today.
The debate will air on CNN at 9 p.m. ET, with coverage of the event starting at 8:30 p.m.