Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is resigned to the fact that his numbers in Iowa are sagging and sagging quickly. At a rally on Tuesday held at West High School in Sioux City, Iowa, Trump begged voters, “Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please?” Trump could have added “pretty please,” but he missed an opportunity. Begging is a rarity for Trump, but Tuesday was an exception. “Will you get these numbers up? I promise you: I will do such a good job,” reported the Washington Post. For Trump, this is the week from hell as numerous polls are confirming a significant drop in excitement and support for the controversial billionaire businessman.
In a national poll, from the New York Times/CBS News, Dr. Ben Carson has taken a narrow, but significant lead over Donald Trump in the Republican presidential campaign. Four polls taken in show that that Dr. Ben Carson is now the leaders of the Republican pack in Iowa. There is the Quinnipiac University poll, Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll, Loras College Poll and a Monmouth University Poll, none of which sat well with a puzzled Trump. All showed real strength with Carson and a badly slipping Trump in a very short period of time. “I do well with the evangelicals, but the evangelicals let me down a little bit,” Trump said. “I don’t know what I did.”
Trump told the Iowa crowd that he is “a great Christian” and that he “loves” the Bible. The Washington Post reported “Each audience member was given a card showing two black-and-white photos, including one taken at Trump’s 1959 confirmation.”
The Republican presidential candidates are today preparing for their debate, hosted and broadcast by the premier financial and stock market news channel, CNBC. The questioners will be CNBC experts Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Harwood and they are expected to focus on jobs, taxes, the deficit, the health of the economy and personal financial freedom. This format should favor the businessman, Donald Trump. The question will be the preparation of Dr. Ben Carson for this financial exercise. Trump and Carson will have to start showing some policy chops in order to be taken seriously by Republicans.
In addition to Trump and Carson, also participating are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, businesswoman and former CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.