Conservative commentator Bill Kristol says Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump’s candidacy will crumble if he comes out of the gate flat.
Asked in an ABC News interview to lay out a situation in which Trump loses the nomination, the Weekly Standard editor responded: “Trump loses Iowa, the mystique disappears, he’s just another candidate – though perhaps a formidable one – and he’s beaten by either [Sen. Marco] Rubio (R-Fla.), [Sen. Ted] Cruz (R-Texas) or [New Jersey Gov. Chris] Christie.”
Trump currently trails Cruz in Iowa by more than 3 percentage points in Iowa, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average.
Kristol also said he was only “semi-serious” when he suggested earlier this week that conservatives should start a new party if Trump wins the Republican nomination.
“I don’t think Trump will be the nominee, so I don’t expect it to be an issue,” he said. “But since I don’t think I could support Trump, and I’d like to have someone to vote for, if Trump were to be the nominee, I’d be open to a new party, probably for 2016 only – but you never know.”
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