The next Republican presidential debate occurs on October 28 on CNBC. Donald Trump, however, said he would not show up to the debate unless the network met his demands. The network gave in.

Trump, and other candidates, all told CNBC that they would not participate in the next debate unless the network met a list of demands created by Trump. Those demands include allowing opening and closing statements from the candidates, and the debate is to not exceed two hours including commercial breaks.

“Three hours is too much, too long for a debate,” said Trump after the second debate. “How long is ‘Gone with the Wind’?”

Campaign leaders and CNBC executives negotiated during a conference call earlier this week with some tense moments. The network wasn’t going to budge, at first. But it eventually caved in when Trump’s protests started to spread through the Republican presidential field.

This can’t be what American political discussion is coming to. Trump simply doesn’t have the endurance to engage in a long, thoughtful discussion about policy, so he’s trying to change the rules.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced