Newt Gingrich argued the longer Donald Trump goes after absurd issues like Miss Universe, the better chance Hillary will win.
GINGRICH: When you run for president, everything is fair game. The question is whether it’s the right thing to be doing to elect Donald Trump. What I was really struck by – and I just did a newsletter to go out this afternoon on what I described as Clinton’s gutter campaign. She has a fair chance of winning if they can keep this campaign down in the gutter. If it’s he said, she said and it’s a personality thing, she has a fair chance of winning. She has zero chance of winning if Trump can discipline himself and run this at a very high level.
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On CNN, A.B. Stoddard of Real Clear Politics argued that Trump has “been easily baited” by the Clinton camp.
STODDARD: But if she baits him and he’s really been easily baited recently, I think that there’s a potential he blurts it out when he’s under stress in the debate. It’s not that it would be a planned attack, it wouldn’t get approval from the team on high from Conway and others who have largely kept him on script and on note cards and teleprompter and under control but I could see if he really gets flustered him coming out with something like that because that’s really what happened in the debate. When she brought up [Alicia] Machado, he said “Where did you find her?” So if there’s a moment where he kind of loses control, it’s entirely possible he goes after Bill [Clinton.]
Meanwhile, Trump maintains he didn’t get baited.
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TRUMP: I don’t think I took the bait. You know, every online poll had me winning the debate. Every singe one of them, many of them. Look, I found it to be an amazing experience, actually. We had 88 million people [watching], or something around that number and I just found it to be an amazing experience. No, I think we did well. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.