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Trump opens attack on Walker, who leads in early-voting Iowa

July 25, 2015

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened an attack Saturday on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in early-voting Iowa of running his state into financial trouble.

Last week, Trump went after South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for calling him a “jackass.” The outspoken New York billionaire has characterized other candidates as unfit for the office and said the party’s 2008 nominee, Sen. John McCain, was not a war hero in spite of his years as a prisoner in Vietnam.

Trump said Walker has an advantage in Iowa because he’s from a neighboring state but that Walker has mismanaged Wisconsin’s budget.

“He grew up right next door. A little advantage, right?” Trump said. “Except Wisconsin is doing terribly.”

While Graham and other Republican presidential candidates have sharply criticized Trump for his comments about McCain, Trump held up a stack of paper during his Iowa speech that he said were letters of support he’d received from veterans.

Trump denied press credentials for Saturday’s event to reporters at The Des Moines Register after the newspaper published an editorial calling him a “feckless blowhard” who is “unfit to hold office” and saying that he should leave the race.

Register editor Amalie Nash said Friday that the paper’s editorial board is independent of its news reporters and editors.

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