Real estate mogul Donald Trump remains atop the GOP primary field even after his controversial remarks at last week’s inaugural Republican debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.
Trump maintained the support of 24% of Republican primary voters, the same level of support the billionaire held prior to the Fox News debate. Trump’s closest rival, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was backed by 12% of voters, down from 17% from before the debate. None of the other 15 candidates garnered over 8% of support, the poll said.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 278 self-identified Republicans between Thursday (after the debate) and Sunday, with a margin of error of 6.7%.
Donald Trump, who came under fire after the first Republican debate for his sexist attitudes about women, said he would consider a female running mate if he secured the Republican nomination for president. “Certainly, I would consider a woman as a running mate,” Trump told CBS’ Michael Sneed. “I am all for the concept. It would have to be the right person and I’m not going to go into who that would be right now. But I have great respect for women. I have great respect for women who are executives in my company. I have great respect for women’s judgment.”
The business executive who has never run for elected office before touched off his campaigns with controversial remarks about how Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and drug mules. He went on to assure everyone that he planned to win the Latino vote. Dawson would help him get there, as a movie star and activist who co-founder of the Latino get-out-the-vote organization Voto Latino.
The Fox News host had some choice words for Trump during the debate, challenging him on sexist remarks. After the debate he called her a “lightweight” and suggested she was probably just on her period. But there’s no better way to make up than take Kelly out of the Fox News lineup and put her on the ticket. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Luckily there’s already a woman in the Republican race who says she’s ready to be president. The former HP executive earned impressive marks after the first debate — just not from her potential future running mate. Trump tweeted after the debate, “I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!” Earlier this year he also had some not-so-kind words for Fiorina: “I think she’s a very nice woman. But she got fired. And, she lost in a landslide. Does that qualify you to run for president?” No word on whether it qualifies you for vice president, though.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Sunday he would overturn a law that grants citizenship to people born in the U.S. and put stricter limits on legal immigration, offering his most detailed account yet of how he would handle a policy issue that has become a cornerstone of his campaign.
Trump, who has repeatedly been pressed for specifics on his immigration plan since the issue rocketed him to the top of the polls, also explained for the first time how he will force Mexico to pay for a wall on its border with the U.S. in his nearly 1,900-word policy paper.
Trump's immigration plan is based on three core principles: that the U.S. must build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, that immigration laws must be fully enforced and that "any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans."
His policy mixes some long-held Republican proposals on immigration with ideas that are more likely to appeal to the far right. Trump calls for requiring a nationwide system to verify workers' legal status, tripling the number of immigrations and customs enforcement agents and implementing a tracking system to identify people who overstay their visas.
Donald Trump remains the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in the latest CNN poll, though many voters worry he wouldn’t be the best candidate in the general election. The real estate mogul was backed by 24% of Republican voters nationally, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 13% and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 8%.
Another candidate who has never held elected office, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, saw a bump since the last CNN poll, which was taken before the Aug. 7 Fox News debate in Cleveland. Fiorina, who had previously never gotten more than 2% in a CNN poll, received 5% support.
Donald Trump was absent from the Sunday talk shows for the first time in weeks. But those Republican hopefuls who did sit down for network interviews still had to grapple with the surprise Republican front-runner.
Perhaps no candidate has suffered because of the Trump surge more than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was asked on NBC's “Meet The Press” about what he could do to regain momentum he was seeing before the real estate magnate took off.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump's standing was a reflection of the crowded field, and that he would continue to focus on substantive policy proposals. He specifically dismissed Trump's immigration plan as “simplistic.”