After Donald Trump this week admitted that he’s been “a little childish” with his attacks on his GOP competitors -including calling Marco Rubio; “a clown” – the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll now has Trump in a virtual tie with Dr. Ben Carson.
“I’m responding to them, I’m a counter puncher,” Trump told NBC’s “Today Show – something he reiterated on “The O’Reilly Factor” – saying Rubio attacked him “viciously” first.
It does all sound kind of childish, with O’Reilly asking several times if he was “being fair” with Trump – but Fox wants the ratings and to get Trump on as many shows as humanly possible.
On the other end of the spectrum, Jeb Bush’s numbers are dropping faster than Bill Clinton’s pants at a casting call. The Washington Post report that Jeb’s already gone straight downhill:
“In April, one in every four likely Republican primary voters nationally said they would support Jeb Bush for president, according to an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. Today, just 7 percent say the same…”
I don’t know about you, but it seems like over the past few days, Trump has really been kind of slowing down and maybe even thinking about dropping out and returning to what he does best, making money, not headlines.
“I will go and if for some reason I think it’s not going to work, I’ll go back to my business,” he told NBC. Meanwhile, Trump and Carson are running neck and neck in the national Republican presidential horserace, while Carly Fiorina is now tied for third place with Marco Rubio.
And on the Hillary side, Clinton has lost ground to Bernie Sanders, leading only by seven points with Joe Biden in the race, and 15 points without the vice president. That’s down from Clinton’s 34-point lead over Sanders in July and her whopping 60-point lead in June.
The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Sept. 20-24 — so mostly after Walker suspended his campaign on Sept. 21.
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