Donald Trump to Iowa: ‘What the hell are you people doing to me?’

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“Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please?” he pleaded to a crowd in Sioux City, where he made his first stop in Iowa since recent polls showed him falling behind retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. “I promise you, I will do such a good job.” Trump had led the GOP pack in Iowa until last week.BOULDER, Colorado — If Republican presidential candidates were seeking to exit their comfort zone, they could hardly have done better than to hold the third primary debate at the deeply blue University of Colorado in Boulder.His befuddlement marks a dramatic twist on a summer pastime that swept over politics in America and beyond: the guessing-game of how a billionaire who bragged constantly about himself and insulted seemingly everyone else had seized such a stranglehold on the Republican primary polls.

Seasoned politicians trailing Donald Trump and Ben Carson for the Republican presidential nomination are eager to shift the campaign focus to the economy and policy in Wednesday’s debate and expose what they see as weaknesses in the two front-runners. But an Iowa Poll conducted by The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics put Carson at 28% and Trump at 19%, and other polls have reported a similar reversal in fortune.

As expected, the campus was awash with progressive activism the day before Wednesday’s debate as left-wing groups from the Center for American Progress to People for the American Way mobilized for press events, roundtables and a #KochParty. Jeb Bush and other candidates are trying to turn the tide in a campaign that is dominated so far by provocative rhetoric that has played to the strengths of Trump, a bombastic reality television star and developer, and Carson, a soft-spoken surgeon who has been gaining support in opinion polls. But Tuesday night he seemed to acknowledge their credibility, asking the crowd to continue supporting him, to help him get those numbers up and to caucus for him Feb. 1. “I refuse to say get your asses in gear,” he said. “I refuse to say it! …

Multiple polls have the retired neurosurgeon at No. 1 in Iowa and, according to one new survey, he has even surged past Trump on the national level, albeit within the margin of error. With Trump and Carson holding a firm grip on the race in polls of likely Republican voters for the November 2016 election, the forum comes at an increasingly perilous time for lower-ranking candidates. Former Florida Governor Bush, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are under pressure to shake up a race for the party’s nomination that so far is tilting away from them with the first voting to take place in little more than three months. And if I win Iowa, we’re going to run the whole table.” Volunteers in white Trump T-shirts wandered through the crowd ahead of the event, asking people to commit to caucusing and to commit to bringing friends and family members with them. Salazar, a former Democratic senator from Colorado. “Unfortunately, there seems to be a Royal Gorge-size chasm between Colorado values and where some of the GOP candidates stand on energy and environmental issues,” Mr.

Yet his speaking style skews toward the somnolent — a stylistic contrast to Trump’s attention-grabbing antics likelier to raise eyebrows than let audiences slump into neverland. “I was No. 1 pretty much in Iowa from the beginning and I would say we’re doing very well there. Carson set the table for a debate about the future of sacrosanct entitlement programs by telling “Fox News Sunday” he would use health savings accounts as an alternative to popular Medicare and Medicaid health programs for the poor and elderly. So I’m a little bit surprised,” Trump said of the latest polls, in his MSNBC interview Tuesday. “We’ll have to see.” He also delivered this warning to Carson, speaking from personal experience: “One thing I know about a front-runner — you get analyzed 15 different ways from China. Trump, suddenly behind Carson in some polls, went on the attack on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, saying he did not think Carson would get away with “abolishing Medicare”, which Carson denied he would do. “I want you to know I’m fed up. CNBC will host this week’s debate, billed as “Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy.” The debate is likely to have a more serious tone than previous encounters.

For the first time in this campaign, a candidate so many have deemed offensive must now go on the offensive. •He called Carson’s super-PAC a “scam,” and a “disgrace.” The law forbids official co-operation between campaigns and these third-party committees that can raise unlimited funds — and Trump appeared to be accusing his rival of improper partnerships. •Abortion flip-flops. While polls say most have not made a final decision on a candidate, they’re looking hard at the choices not just as outlets for their frustrations, but as potential presidents. Trump asked them to write their information on a note card, and he would “pressure the VA like you wouldn’t believe” until the agency had solved the problem. Critics pointed out that organizers plan to use only 1,000 of those seats, although others say that nationally televised primary debates typically feature small live audiences composed mainly of campaign staff, families and other supporters.

Without mentioning Trump or Carson specifically, the campaign of Huckabee, who has offered a detailed “fair tax” plan, said the debate will require candidates to go beyond talking points. “All of them as a whole are going to have to give more than just the topline bullet points of their economic policies,” said Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart. He released a tax reform plan in September that would lower tax rates for all Americans and would pay for the loss of tax revenue by eliminating tax deductions and corporate loopholes. Trump also spoke extensively about super political action committees, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates as long as they don’t directly coordinate. The non-partisan Tax Foundation said it would reduce tax revenues by $10.14 trillion over the next decade when accounting for economic growth from increases in the supply of labor and capital. He has said his proposal would be revenue neutral for the federal budget. “Jeb is trailing in the polls, he’s got nothing to lose,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

Carson has a 28 percent to 19 percent lead over Trump in the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers. It’s too early to count Bush out, since he and his supporters have raised more than $100 million, and Bush has a strong command of the issues and a battle-tested political network. The potential for Fiorina to shine Wednesday night is probably higher, particularly since Hillary Clinton has solidified her status as the Democratic front-runner. He’s been an outspoken Federal Reserve Board critic, charging that it “is now in every nook and cranny of banking with unprecedented regulatory powers and no congressional oversight.” Others are struggling to break through.

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is aiming for a breakthrough in the New Hampshire primary, a week after the Iowa caucuses, while Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, seeks a similar opening in Iowa.

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