Trump: ‘I will be a great unifier’

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‘Blah, blah, blah': Could this be the sound of Jeb Bush’s White House bid dying?.

Ben Carson, newly minted frontrunner for the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, is pushing back against criticism from billionaire Donald Trump that he is “super low energy.” “I don’t get into the mud pit,” Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said in a partial transcript of an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” made available by the network ahead of Sunday’s broadcast. “I do have a tendency to be relaxed.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.In 2016, there are 14 Republican presidential candidates for whom Ronald Reagan is both the benchmark for conservative values and the lodestar of conservative ideas.“I think the presidency of the United States is a very serious thing,” he said. “I don’t even want to begin to put it in the lightness of comedy.”

Washington: Jeb Bush, the choice candidate of the Republican establishment and its Wall Street allies, the man who raised $100 million in the early weeks of his campaign, is now fighting suggestions his White House run is in a death spiral. 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. There’s also one who wrote, in the second to last year of Reagan’s presidency, that he had been “so smooth, so effective a performer” that “only now, seven years later, are people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.” The gadfly was Donald Trump, writing in his book The Art of the Deal.

On Friday, his Miami headquarters let it be known that it had cut salaries across the board, kept on some paid staff as volunteers and shed others, all this to sooth the frazzled nerves of donors who have seen him burn through US$10 million in advertising since September in an effort to regain the lead in a field dominated by outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile.” Carson, 64, said that as a teenager he would go after people “with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers.” At age 14, growing up poor in Detroit, he tried to stab a classmate with a camping knife . “Fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. 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. But it wasn’t just a glancing blow; to promote the book, Trump launched a political campaign that tore into Reagan’s record, including his willingness to stand up to the Soviet Union. Advised by the notorious Roger Stone, a Nixon-era GOP trickster, in 1987 Trump purchased full-page ads in Trump took out full-page ads in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post blasting Reagan and his team.

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. In the text, which was addressed “To the American people,” Donald Trump declared, “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.” The problem was America’s leading role in defending democracy, which had been fulfilled by Republicans and Democrats all the way back to FDR. He’s meeting today with mommy and daddy and they’re working on their campaign,” Trump told a raucous crowd of thousands gathered along the riverfront of one of Florida’s most conservative cities.

Inside on the stage, Mr Bush – son and brother to previous presidents – sits on an armchair before a giant photograph of the Lincoln Memorial and adopts a more presidential tone. “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then … Jeb Bush is another candidate struggling to tamp down negative opinions within his own party: 48 percent of Republican voters say they have a positive opinion and 37 percent have a negative opinion of the former Florida governor. I will tell you in terms of energy, I’m not sure that there’s anybody else running who’s spent 18 or 20 hours intently operating on somebody.” (RELATED: Trump: Ben Carson Makes Jeb Bush Look Like ‘The Energizer Bunny’) Carson suggested, “I think so.

He chastised Bush for paying his finance director more than $1 million and said that if campaign staffers were willing to work for lower pay, he should have made that deal when the campaign started. “So, I’ve put up less money than anybody else and I’m No. 1,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be better if we had a country that would spend the least and be No. 1? 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. Marco Rubio and former technology executive Carly Fiorina are the candidates with the widest gap between their favorable and unfavorable ratings, 51 percent to 20 percent for Rubio and 47 percent to 19 percent for Fiorina. That is not my motivation,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonise me and me feeling compelled to demonise them. 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 I tell you what, folks, we can ask in such a way that they’re going to give it to us—if the right person’s asking. … The Japanese, when they negotiate with us, they have long faces. 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. Chris Christie is the least well-liked of the candidates among Republican voters, with 4 in 10 rating him positively and 4 in 10 rating him negatively. The experience reinforced what Trump already knew about manipulating the press corps, which then, as now, found him irresistible. (Audiences loved him too.

Speaking outside the event Kim Gerber, who moved from Newcastle in New South Wales to the US 25 years ago, said Mr Bush’s performance had led her to shift her support to him from Florida senator Marco Rubio. 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. — You’re Fired.” Chance said one of the reasons he likes Trump is that he’s never held political office and is paying for his own campaign. “He’s not relying on people to work him like a puppet,” Chance said. “Politicians just B.S. everybody.

Judy McCann, a member of a nearby Republican Women’s Club, was also solidly behind Mr Bush, and said she was not concerned – as many Republican voters are – that he belongs to a political dynasty. “I think it means he understand the job, knows the routine,” she said. He once explained, with shocking candor, how political race-bating had evolved since the 1950s. “By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you, backfires,” he said. “So you say stuff like, uh, ‘forced busing, states’ rights,’ and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. 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. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites. … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’” Throughout the 1990s Trump was occupied with rebuilding a fortune he had lost which his Trump Shuttle airline failed and two of his Atlantic City casinos went bankrupt.

Even I thought, he’ll never run because Bush was his mentor.” Trump said. “Those two guys are fighting like crazy, and I’m laughing watching them fight.” Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of It is also telling that in recent days Mr Trump, who still leads Republican national polls, has ignored Mr Bush to focus on Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who has just overtaken him in two polls in Iowa. In a CNN interview, Mr Trump declared that Dr Carson – whose mild manner belies world views that might be considered extreme outside the contemporary Republican Party – was “very weak” on immigration. Then he turned to vaudeville at a rally in Miami, reading from a newspaper headline to the crowd: “Donald Trump falls to second place behind Ben Carson.” He added to cheers and laughter: “We informed Ben, but he was sleeping.” “I don’t believe those polls, by the way, because both of those pollsters disagree with me,” he said. “Both of those polling groups do not like me at all and I disagree [with the results].” Members of the Shiite militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq carry the coffin of a fighter killed in clashes with Islamic State at a funeral in the Iraqi city of Najaf last week.

That’s more than say so for any other Republican candidate, but far less than the 75 percent who say that Clinton could win the election if she is nominated on the Democratic side. Photo: AP Washington: Striking policy contradictions in Tehran’s positions on Syria and Iraq are not getting in the way of Iran’s deepening commitment to Syria’s beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad. And if a series of recent reports are to be believed, Tehran’s intelligence and military heavyweight, Major-General Qasim Suleimani, has emerged as a grand manipulator chipping away at American influence in the region – negotiating both Moscow’s entry to the Syrian conflict and a sensitive new intelligence sharing deal between Tehran, Baghdad, Syria and Moscow.

Now social media pictures are emerging of Suleimani purportedly with Iraqi Shiite militiamen in Syria, as he coordinates a campaign to restore regime control in Aleppo, the country’s biggest city, where government and rebel forces have been fighting since 2012. He wrote that Clinton should have refused to answer all questions about the Monica Lewinsky affair and declared that Americans didn’t really care about Clinton’s sexual escapades. When it was revealed last week, the Aleppo campaign was billed almost exclusively as an undertaking by the Assad regime, with military officials confirming that just “hundreds” of Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters would join the fight. Much of the book was taken-up with a recapitulation of his life experience, which, he would insist, proved him ready to become leader of the free world.

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. He said any president should be a great negotiator who can make deals. “The dealmaker is cunning, secretive, focused and never settles for less than he wants,” Trump wrote. “It’s been a long time since America had a president like that.” Among the few policy nuggets in the book were some with a truly liberal tone. Photo: Kate Geraghty What they appeared to be saying was that the Syrian military would have a token role in a campaign by a combined force of Iranian military, Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi militia fighters – with Russian air cover. The AP-GfK Poll of 1,027 adults was conducted online Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.

He also favored a national health care system. “We must have universal healthcare,” Trump wrote. “Doctors might be paid less than they are now, as is the case in Canada, but they would be able to treat more patients because of the reduction in their paperwork. … The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. There are fewer medical lawsuits, less loss of labor to sickness, and lower costs to companies paying for the medical care of their employee. … We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.” In that same book, Trump also proposed a one-time net-worth tax on the richest Americans (those worth more than $10 million) in order to reduce the federal debt. “By imposing a one-time 14.25 percent net-worth tax on the richest individuals and trusts, we can put America on sound financial footing for the next century,” he wrote. “The plan would cost me $700 million personally in the short term, but it would be worth it.” The Trump for President 2000 campaign featured his claim that “the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” He also complained of politicians who cited their humble origins. An unnamed spokesman for Kataib Hezbollah, another Iraqi Shiite militia, confirmed that 1000 of its “elite forces” were “sent based on a demand from Suleimani”.

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. He mocked them for saying, in effect, “Elect me, I’m a loser.” Trump’s Reform Party bid ended with a whimper as he withdrew complaining that the people in the party were too hardcore right wing for his tastes.

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. Bush, Trump actually registered as a Democrat in 2001. (He then returned to the GOP, and was listed on New York registration rolls as a Republican in 2009.) On October 5, 2010, Trump called in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show to say he was “absolutely thinking about” running for president in 2012.

Before pulling Moscow into Syria to counter the US role in the conflict, Tehran quietly backed Washington’s involvement in Iraq, but would have no foreign intervention in Syria. It’s not respected to anywhere near what it used to be.” Almost 40 years have passed since Donald Trump first began talking about how leaders in other countries have been outsmarting America and the nation was foundering due to poor leadership and a lack of backbone.

Similarly, in Iraq, Iran endorsed the US-initiated policy of de-Baathification to end the Iraqi Baath Party’s grip on state institutions; but in Syria it wholeheartedly supports Assad’s discredited Baath Party regime. His prescription for what ails the country has always been the same: a great big dose of Donald Trump, proven so effective when it comes to the construction of his own popularity and fortune. His upcoming book, Crippled America, is not likely to offer anything different; but in publishing it Trump will surely reap a profit in cash and attention.

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