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Donald Trump praised, baited by 2016 Republicans in bids to boost profiles

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A Day of Empty Seats and Donald Trump in Full Attack.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. He had just trashed Marco Rubio, whose stock has been rising following Jeb Bush’s less-than-stellar performance in last week’s debate and Scott Walker’s Monday withdrawal from the race.Ben Carson: In a TV interview Sunday, the retired neurosurgeon, West Palm Beach resident and GOP presidential hopeful declared, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” He argued that Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution.Though he’s struggled to break through the crowded, and loud, 2016 field after announcing his intention to run in April, there has been fresh buzz about his campaign since what many analysts saw as a stand-out performance at the Sept. 16 debate at the Reagan Library.

— Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump lashed out at rivals and complained about mistreatment by the media on Wednesday, apparently stung by a rash of criticism about his comments on immigration and women. A Fox News poll released late Wednesday showed Rubio and Carly Fiorina tied for third place on the GOP side, each with 9 percent, behind Donald Trump and Dr. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush “hate each other, but they can’t say it,” he added. “I’m so tired of this politically correct crap.” He tweeted Wednesday that he’s boycotting Fox News, even though the network said officials there had canceled a Trump appearance first.

Bush, though a committed Catholic, said there shouldn’t be “some kind of exclusion” from the nation’s highest office “based on one’s faith, or the lack of faith, frankly.” Other GOP hopefuls also took issue with Carson, including Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal. A CNN/ORC poll released earlier this week showed the Florida senator surging into 4th place with 11 percent – up from a meager 3 percent at the beginning of September.

He can unify a divided country, he said, because “I have a temperament where I bring people together.” Asked by Scott, the first black Republican elected to the Senate from the South in more than a century, to address criticisms of his racially charged rhetoric, Trump responded, “My relationship with African-American people and businesses has been fantastic.” Trump waved a piece of paper in his hand and cited a recent poll from Survey USA whose questionable results show him getting 25 percent of the black vote against Hillary Clinton in a general election. The claim prompted Scott to jump out of his seat, grab the paper from Trump and put on an exaggerated show of scrutinizing it before giving a nod of satisfaction. Trump found a far larger crowd on Wednesday night at a candidate forum in Columbia hosted by Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, filling most of an auditorium’s 2,200 seats on the University of South Carolina campus. Trump also said he had a “great relationship with Hispanics,” despite his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, because they’re sympathetic to his immigration message. “They don’t want people flooding the country,” he said. “It was fantastic today,” Trump said referring to an event earlier on Wednesday with the South Carolina African-American Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, where some seats remained empty. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rubio will inherit about two-thirds of Walker’s big-donor fundraising apparatus, citing a member of Walker’s national finance committee. “His chances have grown, his chances are growing.

He’s part of a small group of candidates who really do have a shot,” Ron Bonjean, an unaligned Republican strategist, told FoxNews.com. “It’s still a long way away but he’s playing his cards right for now.” He is also beginning to pose a challenge to former front-runner and ex-Florida Gov. He used a news conference before the forum to continue a recently renewed feud with Fox News, mock a conservative group that is airing attack ads against him and complain to an NBC reporter that the network is citing a CNN poll that shows Ms. On Tuesday he tweeted, “Senator Marco ‘amnesty’ Rubio, who has worst voting record in Senate, just hit me on national security-but I said don’t go into Iraq. Trump has been feuding with Fox since the first Republican primary debate, when he objected to moderater Megyn Kelly pressing him to explain incendiary comments he’s made about women. This muted response is all part of the strategy, Bonjean says: “Rubio has engaged in a chipaway strategy where he’s not trying to be the front-runner with the spotlight shining on him, but over the course of each debate and over time he’s building his foundation of support.” However, as Rubio’s support and infrastructure expands, it seems unlikely he will be able to stay out of the spotlight for long.

I never saw anything like this with him with the water.” At a press availability before the town hall, Trump was more measured in his criticism of Carly Fiorina, who also traveled to South Carolina on Wednesday, calling her a “nice woman” while also disparaging her record as a corporate executive. Earlier, Trump cast Fiorina — another “outsider” candidate trying to appeal to anti-establishment Republicans — as another politician looking for donors who will ultimately control her. On Monday, the DNC attempted to stir up a “Nazi” controversy, pointing out that Rubio was attending a fundraiser at the home of developer Harlan Crow, who owns a signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf.

Trump repeated his assertion that Clinton, during the 2008 presidential campaign, started the discredited “birther” movement whose members falsely claim that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. But mostly, Trump roamed from topic to topic, mashing up his answers to Scott’s questions with his usual stump speech and whatever seemed to be on his mind. Holding up a printout of a Florida newspaper, he twice read a headline referring to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeb Bush: “Rubio passes Bush in Florida poll.” Mr. He went on the record about labor policy, saying, “Got to have right to work” and crediting business-friendly laws for South Carolina’s attractiveness to large employers like Boeing, which operates a plant in North Charleston.

In an interview on The Tom Joyner Radio Show earlier Wednesday, Clinton called Trump’s assertion that she started the birther claims “ludicrous.” She told guest host Don Lemon: “You know, I have been blamed for nearly everything. He also weighed in on cyber security, saying, “The Internet does cause problems because people are finding things out about us that they never knew before … The government is going after the St.

In one front-page story, the paper reported about the Rubios’ “extravagant” purchases including an $80,000 speedboat, and leasing a $50,000 SUV. In one peculiar paragraph, the Times included the detail that a house Rubio bought in 2005 “includes an in-ground pool, a handsome brick driveway, meticulously manicured shrubs and oversize windows.” The only recent public flub that seems to have stuck around was his decision to take an awkward sip of water during his response to the 2013 State of the Union address. Can you believe this?” Supporter Chad Hatley, a 46-year-old attorney, said he saw a softer side of Trump at the event. “He comes off better in person than he does on TV. But, more troubling for a candidate who is heavily reliant on television coverage, there were only a handful of TV cameras in the back of the room, and the national cable stations spent little time on the event.

Now, even some Democrats say Rubio could be a contender. “Presidential campaigns are — yes they’re about messaging and policy — but they’re also about symbolism, and what I think what Marco Rubio is doing is trying to present this positive image of an America that, in his belief we can all live in,” Basil Smikle Jr., executive director of the New York state Democratic Party told FoxNews.com LIVE. “As long as he keeps presenting that image and that symbol of what America is and should be … then I think he has a winning message and narrative there,” Smikle said. “We have a strategy to be first in February, and we’re on track to accomplishing that. Trump said he wanted to overturn the Dodd-Frank financial law and called one black businessman to the stage, gave him a handshake, leaned in for a semihug and said he wanted the man to be negotiating with the Chinese.

Scott as he had earlier in the day, but the presidential hopeful did seize more opportunities to grouse about news media coverage. “I’m much smarter than any of these talking heads,” he said. “Ninety percent of them are morons.” Yet Mr.

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