Real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump has positioned himself as the kingmaker in the GOP 2012. Most of the candidates have made the trek to New York for an audience with Trump, who is out with a new book and again, flirting with a run for the White House and just announced that he will moderate a Dec. 27 debate in Iowa.

But don’t except Ron Paul to be there.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H. (Cheryl Senter/Associated Press)

Paul’s national campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, issued this statement:

“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.”

Newt Gingrich, who will meet with Trump on Monday, does plan to attend, “just for the entertainment value,” he said.

Voters are likely to tune in for the same reason.