Real estate mogul and Republican candidate for president Donald Trump says he expects the other candidates to come after him hard when they meet in a debate next month. But Trump is downplaying expectations for his performance.
Only the candidates polling in the top ten will be allowed to participate.
“I'm by far number one to the chagrin of many people,” Trump said at a news conference in Oskaloosa Saturday. “But I’m not a debater. I produce jobs. I never stood at a podium and debated a large number of people.”
Trump mocked his opponents for relying on consultants for advice ahead of the debate. He says some are predicting that he’ll perform well.
“I hear everyone saying how good I'm going to be in the debates,” Trump says. “I don't know if I'm going to be good. I've never done it before.”
But Trump admits it may be a mistake to forgo any training ahead of the debate.
His remarks come as the other candidates strive for a place on the stage. Recent polls indicate that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be among those on the stage with Trump. Six candidates recently polled at less than two per-cent making their participation unlikely.