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Bill Kristol: Debate Could Burst Trump's High-Flying Balloon

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 06:57 PM

Thursday's presidential debate in which ten Republican candidates will slug it out could be the moment where frontrunner Donald Trump "comes back to the ground," Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Newsmax TV.

"It's sort of like he's been alone on the stage, he's a fantastic showman. The others are kind of boring. You turn on your TV you watch Trump in an interview and you think, whoa, that was kind of exciting and fun," Kristol said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"It's a little different when there's 10 of them," Kristol continued. "They're each talking 60, 90 seconds. [Trump] could become a little bit less dominant just because of the format … Trump does best when he's alone and is kind of dominating and is interesting to watch and goes on and on and on."

And that lack of control, Kristol believes, "could be a moment where Trump comes back to the ground."

But, he added: "The question is less [about] Trump … He knows what he's doing, he'll be a good showman and give his answers. The question is, can one of the other candidates really step up?

"A good chunk of the Republican primary electorate wants to send a message [in supporting Trump]. I don't know that they really want Donald Trump to be president, though … they certainly want to send a message to the Republican establishment and to Washington that things need to be shaken up.

"They're a little tired of the timidity and a little tired of sort of deferring to all the rules and customs of the nation's capital and the political class. So it reminds me a little bit of the tea party. It's a little less ideological and a little more kind of populist discontent. I don't think it's sustainable."

An exclusive Newsmax poll released Tuesday shows Trump sweeping to a commanding lead among GOP presidential candidates across the South. Trump, who has led in the polls since his campaign began on June 16, finished with 28 points in the exclusive Newsmax-Southern Political Report Survey conducted by OpinionSavvy.

He leads all other candidates from the region, including former southern Govs. Jeb Bush (Florida) and Mike Huckabee (Arkansas), current Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sens. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Florida) and Rand Paul (Kentucky).

Still, Kristol doesn't believe Trump will ultimately win the nomination.

"So then the question becomes, which of these other guys gets the message, takes the message?" he told Steve Malzberg.

"Right now what's amazing to me, it doesn't seem like any of them are really picking up on it … They say things that I mostly agree with, but you don't really feel any of the passion, any of the excitement, any of the urgency that Trump does succeed in conveying."

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Thursday's presidential debate in which ten Republican candidates will slug it out could be the moment where frontrunner Donald Trump "comes back to the ground," Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Newsmax TV.
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