Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is "very, very strong on Common Core
" and "very, very weak on immigration," real estate mogul Donald Trump said Monday, and neither one is a good stance.
"Those two things make it very, very hard for him to win in the primary," Trump, who is expected to announce his own presidential campaign on June 16, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends"
"I think that's a real problem. It's a problem with me in terms of voting for him. That, I can tell you," Trump said. "We'll see what happens."
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Bush is expected to announce his campaign on June 15, and over the weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when asked during Sen. Joni Ernst's "Roast and Ride" event who was taking the lead, commented that Bush is probably ahead "because he will have more money than all of us combined."
But as far as Bush is concerned, Trump said, "I actually have a lot more money than he has, to be honest with you."
Further, he denied that his announcement date was set strategically to coincide with Bush's.
"I said the 16th a couple of days ago," he said. "He went the 15th. Maybe he's strategic. Who knows? I actually went first."
Trump did not attend Ernst's event, which attracted several others out of the widening group of Republican contenders for the White House.
"She invited me also," Trump said Monday. "I was doing the keynote [speech] in North Carolina for the Republican Party. I would have loved to have been there. We had a tremendous crowd in North Carolina."
But he said he agreed "100 percent" with an Ernst comment that a president like Ronald Reagan is what the nation needs.
"We need to bring back Reagan, that attitude, that spirit, that thinking," Trump said. "We need the toughness of Reagan. We need somebody like that, absolutely."
He also criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke of the need for voter reform in the United States during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" program. His words echoed those of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who attacked several of her potential challengers in a speech in Houston last week over the issue.
"We want to get people out to vote," said Trump, but he downplayed arguments against voter identification, saying "it's ridiculous" that people can have the possibility of voting "10 times in one election."
"The concept of people walking in and voting without identification is absolutely insane," said Trump. "You wouldn't even believe it. You go on an airplane, anywhere, you need identification no matter where you go, yet you're supposed to go to a polling booth and don't have it?
"I don't know why the Republicans aren't fighting this harder. It sounds to me like an issue you can't lose on."
Further, he pointed out that voter ID is one of the problems where there is "all talk and no action" and "that's why the country is sick and tired of politicians. You can't lose on this issue."
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