Posted: 9:26 pm Sunday, September 13th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
As Republicans gear up for their second Presidential debate this week, national and state polls have been very consistent in showing Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading the way in the GOP race, as two men with no political experience lead the Republican field by a wide margin.
The story is the same across the country, like a new poll in California that shows Trump leading Carson in the Golden State
Trump also tops Carson in new polls from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – and it’s clearly getting Trump’s attention.
Taking aim at Carson over the weekend, Trump endorsed the tweet of a supporter that slammed Carson:
“He is worse than Jeb; like ambien for insomnia,” the tweet read.
Trump also this weekend expressed his frustration at the size of the main stage debate, which will have 11 candidates involved in an almost three hour debate on CNN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2015
Pre-debate debate now down to four candidates
With the departure of Rick Perry from the GOP race, the pre-debate forum this week will only have four eligible candidates: Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.
While Pataki is not considered to be any kind of threat, the former New York Governor felt the wrath of Donald Trump this weekend as well.
Why is someone like George Pataki, who did a terrible job as Governor of N.Y. and registers ZERO in the polls, allowed on the debate stage?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2015
Wednesday’s debate will be at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.