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William Bennett: Trump 'Self-Destructed' On Third-Party Bid Issue

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Front-running Donald Trump "self-destructed" in the first GOP presidential debate by refusing to vow he won't use "the nuclear option to destroy the Republican party" with a third-party bid, former Reagan administration secretary of education William Bennett says.

In an interview on Newsmax TV with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, Bennett said he was "amazed" at commentary that maintained the real estate billionaire had a good night in the face-off.

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"He certainly did not," Bennett said. "He's self-destructed" by saying he won't pledge not to use "the nuclear option to destroy the Republican Party."

"We all know what a third-party run means," Bennett said. "A third-party run by Trump will mean that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States. The failure to take that pledge… ought to eliminate him from that stage."

Bennett had a more positive view of other candidates, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is "articulate… eloquent" and "a persuasive guy."

"He got a great story, he did well," Bennett said.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, "in a more limited, contained" and "very intellectual" way also "did well," Bennett said, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee "was his folksy self."

"The most charming person up there was Dr. [Ben] Carson," he declared. "I don't know that he should be president," but, comparing him to the presidential character played by
Morgan Freeman in the (1998) movie "Deep Impact," Bennett said, "if we have a meteor strike… I'd want Dr. Carson there just to reassure me."

On the other hand, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush "was just kind of low-voltage," he added."I know he's collected a lot of money but you got to connect with the voters as soon as you possibly can," Bennett said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich did well and is "valuable," Bennett maintained, saying that "he reminds me of [the late former Housing Secretary for President George H.W. Bush] Jack Kemp."

Bennett said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "was the pugilistic Christie, the tough Christie."

"He was the tough guy out there," Bennett said. "Trump looked kind of mean-spirited and petty."

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