Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
opened up a line of attack Saturday on Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in
Iowa of running his neighboring state into financial
the latest broadside against a rival of the outspoken
New York billionaire. Last week, Trump went after South
Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for calling him a
"jackass." The New York businessman 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
on by a raucous audience of more than 1,000 at a central
Iowa high school, Trump said Walker has an advantage in
Iowa because he's from a neighboring state but that the
edge is undeserved because Walker has mismanaged
grew up right next door. A little advantage,
right?" Trump said. "Except Wisconsin is doing
faulted Walker, popular for stripping public employees
of many of their collective bargaining rights, for
falling short of budget projections and changing his
position on Common Core education standards. The
voluntary state-based benchmarks for achievement in
math, reading and language arts are unpopular among a
segment of conservatives who view them, if incorrectly,
as a federally mandated curriculum.
showed tacit support for the standards during his first
term when he signed budgets that paid for implementing
them. Last year, he called for their repeal and
replacement with standards set in Wisconsin.
was totally in favor of Common Core, which I hate, I
hate," Trump said. Walker changed course on the
topic, his rival said, when he saw "he was getting
said Walker deserved the criticism because a top
fundraiser to the governor referred to Trump in a recent
fundraising email as "Dumb dumb."
criticized Graham, a close friend of McCain, after
Graham chided Trump for faulting McCain for being shot
down as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.
McCain, held as a prisoner of war for five years, was
heralded by Republicans as a war hero during his 2008
very disappointed in him for one reason. He's done a bad
job with the vets," said Trump, who has sharply
criticized Congress for inaction on calls for
improvements for services under the Department of
Graham and other GOP 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
Trump arrived at the event, hundreds lined the sidewalk
in front of the high school. At the end was a catered
picnic lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad,
chips and cold drinks.
in the 90-degree sun, Jill Jepsen held a sign that said,
"The Beltway talks, Trump works!"
works, and he doesn't back down," said Jepsen, a
political independent from Oskaloosa. "He'll get
National Governors Association meeting in West Virginia,
two Republicans gave Trump's campaign little chance of
the end of the day, I don't think (Trump) will do very
well in Iowa because Iowans like leaders who are humble
and hardworking, and people who go to all parts of the
state," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said when asked
about the reality TV star.
governor, Mary Fallin, said she didn't think Trump would
be the next president "because I think the people
of our nation want to see someone who will be able to
bring people together to get things done."
about Trump, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said:
"You see some outspoken people who jump up in the
polls, but then they also falter very quick. It'll be
interesting to see if that same dynamic occurs."
to suffer criticism silently, 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.
editor Amalie Nash said Friday that the paper's
editorial board is independent of its news reporters and