Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has a message for surging candidate Dr. Ben Carson — You’re NOT going to beat me.
Trump said in an interview today on MSNBC that he still has a big advantage. He’s “willing to spend whatever it takes” to win, even if costs him millions.
About Carson, who’s been topping polls in Iowa and moving to the forefront nationally, Trump says “a lot of things will come out now and we’ll see how he holds up to the scrutiny.”
Trump dismissed these polls, and went on the offensive in Miami on Friday night by calling the retired neurosurgeon “super low-energy” before a boisterous crowd.
The Iowa polls are a rare setback for the billionaire businessman’s campaign. He’s leading polls nationally and in other early primary states.
Mimicking a television journalist reporting the breaking news of Trump slipping behind Carson, Trump ridiculed his GOP rival.
“We informed Ben, but he was sleeping,” Trump joked. The crowd roared.
He also said the polls in Iowa “are wrong” and said most pollsters “don’t like me at all.”
Trump, who will also appear at a rally in Jacksonville Saturday, maintained his usual swagger, boasting about his poll numbers in other states — especially in Florida, where he is ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Trump spoke not far from Bush’s sprawling Miami headquarters the same day Bush’s campaign said that it would be drastically slashing campaign spending, including an across-the-board pay cut for staff, and focusing more narrowly on early states.
In Florida polls, Trump remains far ahead of Bush, the state’s former two-term governor, and Rubio, the state’s junior senator since 2011.
Trump is hoping to maintain that advantage with a heavy investment in Florida, even though it doesn’t hold its winner-take-all primary until March 15. Trump’s team announced Friday that Joe Gruters, the vice chair of the Florida Republican Party, will serve as his Florida campaign chair, while Susan Wiles, who managed Gov. Rick Scott’s winning 2010 campaign, will serve as co-chair.
The campaign is also planning to open a Sarasota office in early November, said Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
That puts him ahead of many of his rivals, including Rubio and Carson, who have yet to open offices in the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this article