Presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump is bucking the political establishment again by announcing that his strategy for upcoming debates includes not hiring a debate coach. Trump made the announcement in a CNN interview this week.
“I am what I am,” Trump said, adding that he has to be himself–and that it is OK if that isn’t good enough for the American people.
Trump said debate coaches haven’t helped a lot of candidates in recent years. He pointed out that both candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had debate coaches and that neither fared well in debates.
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“I thought Obama was terrible, but Romney got worse and worse every time there was a debate. By the time they had third debate he was catastrophic,” he said.
Trump is also not hiring an onslaught of pollsters to prepare for the debates. He said others pay millions to hire them, but insists a candidate can’t rely on pollsters for answers to questions. He also questioned why a good pollster wouldn’t run for office himself.
The presidential candidate seems unstoppable as the Aug. 6 date for the prime-time debate on Fox News gets closer. Poll results released July 28 indicate that Trump is at a high among voters with 24 percent, followed by Jeb Bush at 12 percent. A new poll released July 31 by Quinnipiac University shows that Trump is at the top of the poll with 20 percent and is followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent. Bush is at 10 percent in that poll. The university poll established a second tier of candidates who are tied at 6 percent. That includes retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Two others, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are at 5 percent in the poll.
Trump said the recent controversy involving statements from ex-wife Ivana Trump and her rape allegation, made decades ago, is over. His ex-wife disavowed the story and said Trump would make “a fantastic president,” the candidate said. Trump also said he disagreed with his lawyer, Michael Cohen, when the latter reportedly talked about filing a lawsuit against a reporter if he ran the Ivana Trump story. Trump said the story was old and was discredited.
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