Watch: Reporter Tries To Lecture Trump To His Face About Iowa… BAD Idea
A reporter pressed Donald Trump Tuesday about whether his failure to come in first in Iowa hurt his brand, which the presidential candidate dismissed by offering a few facts.
“Mr. Trump, your entire campaign, your entire career, you’ve branded yourself as a winner. How do you think you can go forward and mean that brand with your supporters who see you as a winner after suffering a defeat in Iowa?,” the unidentified reporter asked of Trump, who was campaigning in New Hampshire.
“Well, if you look at second place, people didn’t talk about my second place. They didn’t talk about it as positively as they should have,” Trump replied. “And yet with Marco (Rubio), who was more than 2,000 votes behind me — that’s a lot of votes by the way — they said, ‘Oh, he’s surging.’”
The candidate also pointed out he has never run for office before, so to come in second in Iowa in a race dominated by seasoned politicians is an accomplishment. The final results were Ted Cruz took 28 percent of the vote to Trump’s 24 and Rubio’s 23 percent.
“But what about your brand?,” the reporter followed up.
“I think my brand is doing great,” Trump answered.
On election night in Iowa, Trump pointed out his advisers initially told him not to go to campaign in Iowa, because it was assumed he would not do well there. Ronald Reagan, in fact, skipped the Iowa Caucus in 1980, which was won by George H.W. Bush. Reagan went on to win New Hampshire, and ultimately the nomination and the presidency.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Trump currently enjoys over a 20-point lead in the Granite State: 33 percent to 12 percent for Cruz and nearly 11 percent for Rubio. Trump will likely play better in New Hampshire, where the electorate is less predominated by evangelicals, who fueled Cruz’s victory in Iowa.