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Trump skipping debate, Rand Paul returns to main stage

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(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton). In this July 21, 2015, photo, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton). In this July 21, 2015, photo, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Donald Trump's campaign manager says Trump is skipping the next Republican debate.

The Republican candidates are set to square off in the Fox News debate Thursday night, their last debate before Monday's Iowa caucuses.

Trump may be out, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is set to return to the main stage.

Paul qualified for the first five prime-time debates, but was bumped from the sixth earlier this month.

Fox News announced Paul will be back in the lineup Thursday, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Trump previously had said he may not show up. But campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said during a Tuesday evening news conference in Marshalltown, Iowa, that the GOP front-runner "will not be participating in the Fox News debate Thursday."

Trump has criticized Fox News for "playing games" and for including anchor Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator. He says Kelly is a third-rate reporter who is bad at her job and shouldn't be allowed to participate.

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