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Trump Confident He's Winning in Iowa

NBC's "Today" show.

By    |   Monday, 26 Oct 2015 10:57 AM

Donald Trump's lead in Iowa dipped slightly last week, when challenger Ben Carson slipped past him in polls by Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac University, but on Monday he said he doesn't believe he has fallen behind at all.

"I think I'm winning in Iowa," the real estate mogul said in a "Pancakes and Politics" town hall meeting sponsored by NBC's "TODAY" show in New Hampshire.  

"It was one poll, a second poll, a small poll and I was in Iowa three days ago, at a town hall that was unbelievable. Packed, [with] thousands people standing outside."

In the wide-ranging, hour-long town hall, monitored by show host Matt Lauer, Trump covered much ground, and while he maintained a friendly attitude to the crowd, he insisted there is a time to be politically correct, and as an Ivy League graduate, he knows when to tone down his words.

"I could be more politically correct than anybody in politics if I wanted to," he told the audience. But he added, the reason why he's doing so well nationally is that "people are tired of this political correctness."

Trump also insisted that while he's making a lot of campaign promises, he'll keep them.

It won't be like a "Bergdahl swap," he said, referring to the government's decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners. "I will abide by everything that I'm saying on the campaign trail."

But at the same time, Trump told an undecided voter at the event that he would not share his weaknesses, after she said she and others would vote for him "if only you would eat a piece of humble pie once in a while."

"I have weaknesses, I really believe I have weaknesses,"said Trump. "I don't like exposing them because if I expose them then the enemy knows. I'd expose the weaknesses to Putin and then everybody else and we don't want to do that, right?"

But he did say there are many misconceptions about him, in response to a question posed on Twitter, through a link that ended up trending during the show.

He admitted that despite his wealth, he can relate to average Americans, including having eaten at McDonald's recently, wearing blue jeans, and enjoying driving all alone in a car.

Trump also insisted that despite his brash public image, "I really am a nice person," but that's not relevant to the presidential race, as "it's not going to be about niceness. It's going to be about competence."

But he did raise eyebrows from Lauer and on Twitter, when he talked of starting his business with a "small" $1 million loan from his father, saying that the money is not much in comparison to the business he built.

He also discussed his opinions on gun control, his chances against Hillary Clinton, his plans to cut and simplify taxes, and more during the early-morning event.

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Donald Trump's lead in Iowa dipped slightly last week, when challenger Ben Carson slipped past him in polls by Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac University, but on Monday he said he doesn't believe he has fallen behind at all.
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