Calm Manner Has Ben Carson Rising in Polls

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AP-GfK Poll: Republicans view Donald Trump as most electable.

WASHINGTON – Republican voters view Donald Trump as their strongest general election candidate, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that highlights the sharp contrast between the party’s voters and its top professionals regarding the billionaire businessman’s ultimate political strength. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump sharpened his attacks on Ben Carson over the weekend, drawing attention to his rival’s low-key personal style and religious affiliation after two polls showed the retired neurosurgeon taking the lead among Iowa Republicans.

HOUSTON — Right to Rise USA, the super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s campaign for president, is considering deploying ground staff to key states after focusing most heavily on running television ads so far.’Well, I don’t understand Iowa, because, frankly, I just left and we had tremendous crowds and tremendous enthusiasm,’ Trump said Sunday on Face the Nation, reacting to the CBS poll. ‘So, I’m actually surprised, very surprised that I’m even tied in Iowa.’ ‘I was really surprised to see it because three nights ago I was in Iowa, we had a packed house,’ Trump said. ‘We had 4,000 people and it was a love fest.’ A Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll from Friday had Trump at 19 percent and Carson at 28 percent, which mirrored a Quinnipiac survey released the day before that had Trump at 20 percent and Carson at 28 percent. ‘I’ve done really well with the evangelicals, with the tea party and everything,’ Trump continued. ‘And I just don’t understand the number, but you know what, I accept the number.WASHINGTON — Donald Trump refused Sunday to apologize for questioning Ben Carson’s religion, insisting he hasn’t said “anything bad” about his chief rival’s faith. Seven in 10 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say Trump could win in November 2016 if he is nominated, and that’s the most who say so of any candidate. Carson, who leads Trump in Iowa, according to new polls, acknowledged that months ago he indeed wanted to end Medicare but said he changed his mind after talking to a lot of economists.

Instead, a defiant Trump defended his decision to prop up his Presbyterian religion at a campaign stop while casting doubt on Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist faith. “I just don’t know about it. By comparison, 6 in 10 say the same for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who, like Trump, has tapped into the powerful wave of antiestablishment anger defining the early phases of the 2016 contest. “It’s the lifelong establishment politicians on both sides that rub me the wrong way,” said registered Republican Joe Selig, a 60-year-old carpenter from Vallejo, California. “I think Trump is more electable. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said he now prefers so-called health savings accounts as an alternative to Medicare, the government-subsidies medical insurance for retirees.

We need strength these days.” Trump and Carson are considered among the least electable general election candidates by the Republican Party’s professionals, those who are in the business of helping candidates run campaigns and win elections. And a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows him trailing Carson by 8 percentage points among Republican voters in Iowa, partial to social conservative candidates. On the campaign trail in Florida on Saturday, Trump bashed two recent polls that showed he’s in second in Iowa and drew attention to Carson’s faith – a Protestant denomination that believes in the imminent return of Jesus Christ and observes Saturday as Sabbath instead of Sunday as most Christians. “I’m Presbyterian.

The GOP’s most conservative voters — a group that is older and whiter than the nation as a whole — wield extraordinary influence in picking the nominee. Trump told ABC’s “This Week” that he’s not apologizing because he didn’t say anything wrong. “I would certainly give an apology if I said something bad,” Trump said. “The program that I have outlined … largely eliminates the need for people to be dependent on government programs like that,” Carson said. “I would never get rid of the programs. And that’s not what a PAC is supposed to be.’ ‘He is very, very weak on immigration and I’m very strong on immigration,’ Trump said. ‘He believes in amnesty strongly. The exchange is the latest sign of discord between a pair of unlikely front-runners, who have mostly avoided direct combat as they ride a wave of enthusiasm for political outsiders. He believes on citizenship, I mean he’s going to give citizenship to people that are here illegally and you can’t do that.’ ‘We have a breaking story: Donald Trump has fallen to second place behind Ben Carson,’ Trump said at an event in Miami. ‘We informed Ben.

Trump called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals during his announcement speech; while Carson said he would not support a Muslim presidential candidate. “Republicans think (Democrat) Hillary (Rodham Clinton) is weaker than she is. But he was sleeping.’ Behind Cruz is Marco Rubio with 9 percent, Jeb Bush with 6 percent, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul each with 3 percent, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum all with 2 percent, Chris Christie with 1 percent and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki polling at zero percent support. On Sunday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he was shining a light on some conservative claims that Seventh-day Adventists are not Christian.

They are wrong,” said GOP operative Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. “They think we don’t need to win more women or more Hispanics to win. Carson received the support of 28 percent of likely participants in the Iowa Republican caucuses in the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register numbers released Friday. Jeb Bush, who has embraced a welcoming tone with Hispanics, tops the field of experienced political leaders on the question of electability, running about even with Carson and slightly behind Trump.

Trump and efforts by establishment-oriented Republicans to discredit him, it now seems the real-estate developer and reality TV star will have to fight to remain the dominant outsider candidate. Carson and Trump are the candidates most likely to receive positive ratings from Republican voters, with 65 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of Carson and 58 percent saying the same of Trump. Republicans are somewhat less excited about Bush, with 48 percent giving him a favorable rating. “If he weren’t a Bush, I wouldn’t even know his name,” said Republican Leslie Millican, a 34-year-old housewife from Magnolia, Arkansas. “I like the other Bushes.

Wade, which established abortion as a national right, should be overturned, leaving the door open to exceptions in cases in which the life of the mother is at risk, but not for rape or incest. By an overwhelming 77 percent to 22 percent margin, Republican registered voters and leaners say they prefer an outsider candidate who will change how things are done, rather than someone with experience in Washington who can get things done. Perhaps that helps explain why Democrats prefer experience over outsider status, 67 percent to 32 percent, and experience in office over private sector experience 66 percent to 33 percent.

Republican strategist John Feehery says Trump is considered electable now only because he hasn’t yet been the subject of a multimillion dollar negative ad campaign, which will happen should he maintain his lead in the polls.

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