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Betsy McCaughey: Trump Makes Race 'Far More Honest'

By    |   Friday, 10 July 2015 07:06 PM

Donald Trump's unapologetic straight-talk is making the 2016 White House race "a far more honest competition," former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion Friday with "Newsmax Prime" hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan, McCaughey said the GOP presidential contender is "forcing everyone to be more direct."

Trump has changed the political conversation "for the better because he is a straight talker – none of the weasel words you hear from the other political candidates and from the political commentators as well," McCaughey said. "So he's forcing everyone to be more direct, and let's face it, he's so rich that he can't be bought."

"What's really clear is that right now, Trump is on the rise and none of those Republican operatives, none of those career politicians have figured out how to fire him yet," she added.

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Arizona-based conservative radio talk show host Josh Bernstein was also on the show and predicted the GOP campaign debates will likely have the candidates going for Trump's jugular.

"Jeb Bush and some of the other more establishment Republicans are going to immediately about face and joust with him immediately and try to knock him down," he said. "I mean look, the establishment is so afraid of Donald Trump, they don't even want him to show up on the debate stage because they're afraid of the ramifications of what he might say and what it might do to their hand-picked establishment candidates."

McCaughey said anyone who's close to Trump in the polls should be afraid of him.

"The people who are down in the small single digits, they have nothing to lose; just being on the stage is a big win for them," she said. "But anybody who's coming in second or third, whether it's Jeb Bush or (Wisconsin Gov.) Scott Walker or (Florida Sen.) Marco Rubio, even (retired neurosurgeon) Ben Carson — although I doubt that Donald Trump will go after Carson — but the other career politicians who are closest to him in the polls have the most to lose."

Bernstein dismissed worries that Trump is hurting the GOP "brand."

"What Donald Trump has done has awoken the 7 to 8 million people that stayed home for whatever reason in 2012 and did not go out to vote," he said. "They are now seeing a difference between the two parties and it is a stark difference…. [Trump] doesn't have to answer to anybody… He can truly be his own self and … it is resonating."

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