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Trump to Kudlow: Not Sure Why Low-Polling Candidates Stay in Race




By    |   Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 02:54 PM

GOP front-runner Donald Trump said Saturday that he's really not looking to attack fellow top contender Ben Carson, with whom he has a "very good relationship," but he didn't hesitate to take aim at other candidates who are running much lower in the polls.

"I said that in a kidding and sarcastic way," told Larry Kudlow on his radio show Saturday about plans to go after Carson. "I like him."

But there were others who have "gone down the tubes" after he's attacked them, and while he didn't want to go after his fellow candidates "name after name," he did pull out three names: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former New York Gov. George Pataki.

"I don't know why they hang in there," said Trump, calling Jindal a "lightweight," pointing out that Graham's poll numbers have dropped from five percent to zero, and saying Pataki "could not be elected dog catcher of New York."

"You have all of them, they attack me out of nowhere," said Trump. "I attacked [Rick] Perry from Texas and he hit me hard...when I hit back they all seem to disappear and be gone, and that's somewhat of an honor."

Trump also commented, in the wide-ranging interview, about other issues, including:

  • CNBC's decision to keep the next GOP debate at two hours: "They've been terrific...the only thing I cared about was two hours. I can stand there for 20 hours, but nobody wants to go through a third hour."
  • A recent column by Peggy Noonan  about his numbers being at a plateau: "she's wrong. In South Carolina I have a 20-point lead. I have leads everywhere. I mean, I think she's great, and she's been very nice to me...she's very good and she's talented and I like her, but it's just the opposite of that.
  • Tax reform: "We pay the highest taxes in the world...if we don't do something you're going to lose thousands of corporations and companies...I think we have a very dynamic plan and I've got a great response from you and some other people I have great respect for. Some people think it's too much but I don't think it so much. I think it's going to lead to a regrowth of companies in this country."
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: "When I looked at [them] the other night, it was almost like he couldn't give enough away. I know that's not her belief but she's got to beat that maniac that's running [too.] Eventually you know everything's gonna collapse but in the meantime they can get free education...you want to give everything you can including to illegal immigrants."
  • Immigration: "We need to have a border...I took a lot of heat the first two weeks and then everyone found out that I was right with the killing of Kate [Steinle] and so many others.
  • Deportation: "President Eisenhower, they took out one and a half million people during his reign in 1953 or 54...Ultimately you want the good ones back and you want the good ones here you want to stay here for a long time.

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GOP front-runner Donald Trump said Saturday that he's really not looking to attack fellow top contender Ben Carson, with whom he has a "very good relationship," but he didn't hesitate to take aim at other candidates who are running much lower in the polls.
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