Donald Trump: I'm Not Going Anywhere

| by Meg O'Connor
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Despite his lead in the polls lessening, billionaire real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to forcefully assert he will be the one to win the Republican nomination.

""I'm not going anywhere, I'm leading every poll and I'm going to make our country great again," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Oct. 6.

"I'm not getting out. I'm going to win, OK?" Trump added. "The answer is: I'm going all the way and I'm going to win."

On Oct. 4, Trump set off speculation that he may drop out of the race if he thought he had no chance of winning when he told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," "I'm not a masochist. And if I was dropping in the polls where I saw that I wasn't going to win, why would I continue?"

Although Trump is still ahead in the polls his lead has slipped in recent weeks against retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and businesswoman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

The most recent poll in Iowa from NBC News/Wall Street Journal showed that Trump is leading Carson by just 5 points — down from the double-digit lead he had in early September. And in New Hampshire, Trump's lead has also dropped to just 5 points ahead of Fiorina. That's down from the 10-point lead he had in late September.

Also while on CNN's "New Day," Trump once again blasted Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for being a "total lightweight," and made fun of him for his past financial difficulties, saying, "Take a look at his past, he's got $12 in the bank."

"Rubio is not the guy that's going to be negotiating with the kinds of people you have to negotiate with to turn this country around," Trump added.

Trump has been lambasting Rubio for weeks, ever since the Florida senator received praise for his performance in September's Republican presidential debate, and has since seen a rise in the polls.

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons