Donald Trump is getting nervous about a possible upcoming war. No, not the “War with ISIS” or even a “War with Syria,” but for Trump a war that is just as important as either, at least at the moment. Trump instinctively understands that if voters tire of him, the voters could turn to another Republican candidate that is not necessarily an “outsider” like him or Dr. Ben Carson. Trump is aware of an imminent threat and told CNBC’s host Joe Kernen on “Squawk Box” on Monday “If he catches on, I guess we’ll have to go to war.” Trump is aware that Senator Ted Cruz, who’s creeping up in polls of late in national early contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire, could catch fire in the polls given his popularity with ultra conservative voters. Don’t get Trump wrong, he finds Cruz “likeable enough” but might be forced to turn on him if necessary in order to survive.
CNBC characterized it as “Get too hot and I’ll have to take you down.” However, Trump and Cruz are on the same page when it comes to “immigration reform” or the lack thereof. And the fact is Cruz isn’t much of a threat at this point, but could be a real threat in the Southern states. A potential Southern Super Tuesday with as many seven states voting near the start of the presidential primary calendar could become a pivotal moment in the 2016 GOP nomination battle. Those states could be Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas and that election could be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Expect the attacks from Trump on Cruz to pick up its pace by then.
Trump is also keeping his powder dry on Cruz, holding back about the issue of Cruz’s birth in Canada and his eligibility to run for president. In an interview earlier this year on MyFoxNY, Trump discussed Cruz’s birthplace in Canada and said that this could be a problem for Cruz.
“Well he’s got, you know, a hurdle that nobody else seems to have at this moment,” said Trump, who was born in New York’s borough of Queens. “It’s a hurdle and somebody could certainly look at it very seriously. He was born in Canada,” said Trump. “You’re supposed to be born in this country, so I just don’t know how the courts would rule on it. But it’s an additional hurdle that he has that no one else seems to have.”
Another reason for Trump to fear Cruz is that he has raised $14 million in his campaign coffers, which means he has more cash-on-hand than any other Republican presidential candidate. Trump also told CNBC about his other opponents: “I’m [also] leading in Florida big over Rubio and Bush,” referring to rivals Marco Rubio, current U.S. senator from Florida, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“We’re doing very well. The message is resonating,” said Trump, who sees himself as mixing “tough talk” with “common sense talk.”
Circle your calendar and watch the fireworks between these two “sort of” allies. Cruz has not said any such thing about Trump, possibly hoping to be on a Trump ticket should he prevail in the Republican primary. All depends on the strategy and what Cruz is seeking. Does Cruz really want to be President or play second fiddle to Donald Trump? At least we know now Trump’s plans. Take Cruz down.