GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump clearly won the battle over "New York values" at Thursday's presidential debate, former Republican Sen. Al D'Amato said Sunday.
"I think Donald Trump is going to run much stronger in a general election than people think," D'Amato said Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable"
on AM 970 in New York.
"I think Trump did extraordinarily well. He was the clear winner" on the New York values debate, D'Amato told host John Catsimatidis. "Donald scored a real haymaker there."
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio "also continues to do an excellent job," he said.
D'Amato predicted a "very close race" between Trump and Cruz in Iowa, before heading into New Hampshire where the two are battling for the conservative vote, while four others – Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are dividing up moderate vote and damaging each other.
As for the Democrats, D'Amato said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was "coronated" as "queen" as soon as Vice President Joe Biden decided not to run.
But, "Her campaign is getting very concerned" over the rise of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I don't believe that South Carolina is this great firewall."
As for her attacks on Sanders' single-payer health plan, "She's sounding more like a Republican, and I think she's helping to galvanize support for Bernie, he said.
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