The Latest: Priebus says expect more elbows at debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the presidential candidates continued to put their messages out on Sunday morning. Here’s the latest in the presidential campaign. All times are local (EDT):
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) says he expects more aggressive performances at Wednesday’s presidential debate. And he says some candidates will have to start dropping out because there’s not enough money to go around.
He tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that “there will probably be more elbows thrown at that debate,” and so expect more GOP White House hopefuls to drop out of the crowded contest for the party’s nomination. That raises the prospect that those onstage Wednesday take more direct aim at the race’s bombastic front-runner, Donald Trump.
Preibus warns the candidates to proceed with caution: “All these candidates are going to have to account for their own mouths and their own words.”
Trump is the hopeful who has gotten in trouble for his own words the most after verbal attacks on women and virtually anyone who disagrees with or challenges him.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is climbing in the Republican presidential race, but he says he’s still largely unknown nationally, so there’s really no point in getting tangled up with Donald Trump at the expense of promoting his own campaign.
Some candidates have gotten involved in a back and forth with the billionaire businessman over his incendiary comments. Kasich is having none of it.
He tells “Fox News Sunday” that he needs to introduce himself to voters, and to achieve that, he says it “doesn’t make any sense” to spending time talking about Trump or others, or their campaign strategy.
Kasich is promoting his experience as governor and long service in Congress, where he once led the House Budget Committee.
Kasich explains his campaign pitch this way:
“We need to have somebody who knows how to land a plane and I’ve landed quite a few planes. ... A lot of passengers have been happy and I haven’t served any drinks. Maybe a peanut or two.”
Dr. Ben Carson says he has plenty of energy, no matter what his chief rival in the Republican presidential race claims.
Carson tells ABC’s “This Week,” ″You don’t have to be loud to be energetic,” in a direct swipe at front-runner Donald Trump.
While campaigning in Iowa Saturday, Trump said Carson is a nice man but doesn’t have the energy to be president.
Carson retired as head of the pediatric neurosurgery unit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. He pointed out on Sunday that some of his operations took more than 20 hours and he was able to make “critical decisions after many hours of intense work.”
Carson also pointed to nearly 20 years’ service on corporate boards for international corporations as evidence of his business experience.