Presidential candidate Donald Trump takes aim at Republican rivals as Reuters/Ipsos poll shows him taking lead in Presidential race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump took aim at his Republican rivals with a Reuters/Ipsos poll showing him favored by 31 percent of Republicans. "I think that really Marco is overrated," Trump said referring to Florida Senator Marco Rubio who the Reuters Ipsos polls showed as tied for third place with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Picking up on an attack by Bush Trump said. "Marco is a sitting senator and he doesn't show up for the people of Florida and I don't think he should be doing that." As for Bush, Trump said, "Jeb, he lacks the quality that you need...you need a very strong person with tremendous energy." He also targeted Dr. Ben Carson, who placed second in the Reuters/Ipsos poll. "And by the way, Ben Carson does not have that energy, we need someone with tremendous energy." Trump also called for a narrowing of the Republican field. "Do I think it is time to have some of the other Republican candidates drop out? Yes. There are too many people," he said. Of the Republicans polled, 31 percent said the debate changed their opinion about Carson and made it more positive. The same was said by 29 percent about Trump, but 22 percent said they had a more negative attitude of him afterward. The debate may have done the most damage to Bush. Twenty-nine percent said after the debate they had a more negative view of Bush.