Regardless of Donald Trump’s ability "to stop the bleeding of the weekend" in Sunday night’s debate, there is more than one way to stop Hillary Clinton, because "sometimes you have to face political reality" — former congressman Tom DeLay, R-Texas told Newsmax TV — and that is by assuring the Republican majority is held in the House and Senate, "no matter who's the next president."
"We've got Republicans fighting amongst Republicans and that is disastrous," DeLay told host J.D. Hayworth on Monday’s "Newsmax Prime." "And so I don’t agree with all of those that are dumping Trump, but somebody has to take a little adult leadership here — and certainly run your campaign against Hillary because God forbid if Hillary is ever president of the United States — but at the same time we have to protect the House and the Senate."
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DeLay was speaking about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s, R-Wisc., pulling away from campaigning with Republican presidential nominee Trump amid this weekend’s explosive tapes on women with NBC’s Billy Bush.
"I wouldn’t have done it the way that they did it," DeLay said of Ryan and others ditching the GOP nominee. "But the point is that we have to make sure that the resources are in those Senate races and in those congressional races, which are already running without Trump, and make sure that we hold onto the House and the Senate no matter who's the next president."
DeLay reinforced focusing on maintaining a Republican majority without "trashing Trump," though, as some of those fleeing the Republican nominee have done.
"You can do it in such a way that you're not trashing Trump, you're going after Hillary," DeLay told Hayworth. "And Trump needs to help here, he seems to focus on these little issues here and there. He needs to start talking about a broader vision of what America will look like if Hillary Clinton is president over the next four years."
DeLay credited Trump for his performance in the second presidential debate — Trump "won the debate" — but the "political reality" is more damaging attacks can come and Trump just cannot get over the hump of 40 percent in polls.
"If you look at what may be coming, can you imagine the release of this video last week what's going to hit this week, and what's going to hit next week, and what's going to hit the week before the election?" DeLay told Hayworth. "It could be devastating, and Donald Trump has to be very prepared for an onslaught coming out of the Clinton campaign."
Trump, stumping Monday in Ambridge, Pa., vowed more Clinton personal attacks if more tapes are released attacking his character. Regardless, Trump needs to do more than mere damage control to win the White House, per DeLay.
"If you look at the polls in general, Trump just can't break that ceiling of 40 percent," DeLay told Hayworth. "And so last night he solidified his base, he stopped the bleeding, he energized some of his base by going after Hillary, but he's got to get beyond that in order to win this election."
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