Billionaire businessman Donald Trump said in an interview Wednesday night that his political uprising is greater than that of former President Ronald Reagan.
“I think that the closest thing I can think of is Reagan, but I don’t think it’s the intensity that we have,” Trump told Bloomberg Politics‘ Mark Halperin and John Heilemann about his presidential campaign just minutes after a speech in Pensacola, Florida.
“Now, Reagan had a little bit of this, but I don’t think to the same extent — but he also won,” he added. “And don’t forget, we are very far out. This far out, the Secret Service and the all of the people, these are fantastic people … and everybody tells me that they’ve never seen crowds like this, this far away from November — it’s a long ways away.”
Trump went on to tell the duo that he’s very “honored” by the support, noting that he is a serious candidate, calling his campaign a political “movement.” He also emphasized that his supporters are very committed to his campaign, pointing to the long wait times to get into his rallies.
“Why would a person stand in line for seven hours and then not want to go into a voting booth?” Trump asked rhetorically. “It takes 10 minutes. So I think they’re going to vote.”
Ahead of Thursday’s GOP debate, Trump continues to have a dominating lead in the polls. According to the latest national average from Real Clear Politics, Trump has a 16-point lead over second-place Ted Cruz, 35 percent to 19 percent.
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