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First on CNN: Palin calls both McCain and Trump heroes

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump Hits New High in Poll of Republicans.

Republican voters favor Donald Trump over any other GOP contender for the 2016 presidential race, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News.The Arizona senator, a former naval pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for almost six years, said Trump doesn’t owe him an apology, but needs to offer a mea culpa to all prisoners after “denigrating” their service. “I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country,” he said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which was simulcast on “Today.” “I’m not a hero,” he said on the morning talk show. “But those who were my senior ranking officers … those that inspired us to do things we otherwise wouldn’t have been capable of doing — those are the people that I think he owes an apology to.” “For me to look back in anger at anyone is nonproductive,” he said. “And our country was divided in an almost unprecedented fashion during the Vietnam War, and when I came home I was shocked. The poll shows a new high of 24% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters saying they would vote for Trump if their state primary were being held today.

So I’ve worked ever since to try to heal those wounds.” Politicians on both sides of the spectrum, including Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, skewered Trump following his contentious comments and questioned whether he was fit to be commander-in-chief. “I said it at the news conference. John McCain said Monday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t need to apologize to him for remarks about his long captivity in Vietnam, but should tell veterans and their families that he’s sorry. Trump, meanwhile, levelled new criticism against the Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee, saying McCain had made America “less safe” through his votes in Congress.

The continuing rhetoric came as Trump’s fellow Republican presidential hopefuls criticized his remarks last week, in which the flamboyant businessman dismissed McCain’s reputation as a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam and “I like people who weren’t captured.” “When Mr. The billionaire businessman is paying for his own campaign, and that means Republicans may have him around far longer than some party leaders would like. “Nobody leaves a race because they get tired, or because they think they don’t have the votes. In the more august pages of The New York Times, Nate Cohn declared the event “a turning point,” and “a shift that will probably mark the moment when Trump’s candidacy went from boom to bust.” Boom to Bust! John McCain is “not a war hero,” so it’s not clear yet if those remarks have hurt his standing with voters, although many Republicans have criticized Trump over them.

He can afford, literally, to continue dropping the verbal bombs that have defined his presidential campaign since the day he joined the 2016 contest in June. Trump, who had rocketed to the top of a crowded Republican field, besting Jeb Bush in the most recent Fox News and USA Today/Suffolk University polls, had just rung his campaign’s death knell, the articles suggested. That is the highest percentage and biggest lead recorded by any GOP candidate this year in Post-ABC News polls and marks a sixfold increase in his support since late May, shortly before he formally joined the race.

Trump with the inoculation he needs to survive the scorn of the party’s elders long enough to be included in the presidential debates. “The American people haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” the radio host said, speaking to the unique nature of the emerging 2016 Republican presidential contest, in which harnessing anger and money may be crucial ingredients for success. “They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up for himself, double down and tell everybody to go to hell.” “Trump can survive this, Trump is surviving this,” Mr. Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said Monday that Trump’s “asinine comments” were “an insult to everyone who has ever worn the uniform — and to all Americans.” Yet the self-funded Trump has shown little sign of backing down. With good reason: Later the same day, Monmouth University released a survey showing that Trump’s standing with Iowa voters — second only to Scott Walker — remained unchanged: “The poll did not find any significant change in support for Trump in interviews conducted after his comments about John McCain’s military service,” Monmouth said. Walker’s support is strongest among those who describe themselves as “very conservative.” The next seven, ranging in support from 8 percent to 3 percent, are: former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. McCain, a former Vietnam prisoner-of-war, as a “war hero.” “This is a great, great teachable moment here, this whole thing with Trump and McCain.” Last week, Mr.

He’s also sought to use the furor over his remarks to remind supporters, especially those frustrated with Washington, that he’s not a typical politician. “You know the Republican Party — of course I was one of their darlings when I was a contributor,” Trump said in an interview. “I went from a darling to somebody that they’re not happy with because I’m not a politician.” “It’s not just absurd,” said Florida Sen. But the rush to declare Trump’s candidacy dead — especially when journalists on the ground were reporting that many attendees “were not nearly as offended” as party officials — is premature at best.

And I do think it is a disqualifier as commander-in-chief.” Numerous other GOP candidates, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former Texas governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, were similarly critical of Trump. His campaign has never held a fundraising dinner where attendees pay the legal maximum of $2,700 to attend, and he has never sent email asking for others to chip in $25. Limbaugh described the dust-up as an over-hyped effort from “the drive-by media.” He returned to the topic in the show’s second hour, pointing out that Democrats have taken shots at Mr.

McCain’s service — including Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, years before he was elected to the Senate. “When leftists attack McCain, they’re perfectly warranted, because they’re nice people,” Mr. Trump has made other eyebrow-raising comments since declaring his candidacy, most notably his assertion that Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers. Limbaugh said. “Here comes Trump, and you would think that nobody has ever said anything like this before about the revered and respected John McCain.” Pointing out how many people are calling now for Mr. Many GOP candidates were slow and halting in their response to those comments, underscoring a continuing struggle to hit the right notes on immigration when they want to appeal to Hispanics without alienating traditional GOP voters

However, the poll was conducted between Thursday and Sunday, and the poll notes that “Trump’s support was conspicuously lower Sunday than in the three previous days.” Specifically: “Trump’s support was 28 percent in this survey’s first three nights of polling. In 1992, Perot ran as an independent candidate, using almost $64 million of his fortune to get his name on ballots across the country. “He first promised to spend whatever it took to win, and we presented him with a budget of about $450 million,” Rollins said. “He balked at that. Trailing the top two candidates are former senator Jim Webb (Va.), at 5 percent, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, at 2 percent, and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln D. Clinton, who has highlighted the possibility of becoming the first female president in U.S. history, is far more popular among Democratic women than men, by almost 20 points.

They include Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage and upholding the Affordable Care Act, a hard-fought win in Congress on trade policy (with significant GOP support) and last week’s agreement with Iran designed to check that country’s path to developing a nuclear weapon. The survey shows that in a hypothetical three-way race, Clinton is at 46 percent, Bush is at 30 percent and Trump is at 20 percent among registered voters.

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