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Trump vows to raise campaign spending

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 00:55

Republican presidential nomination front-runner Donald Trump says he'll spend at least $2 million a week to bolster his candidacy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Tuesday's event in the early-voting state of Iowa marked a clear shift in the race in which Republican presidential nominee contender Donald Trump has vowed to start using his personal fortune to bolster his candidacy in states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, without entirely relying on the media attention he has garnered. He has announced an aggressive travel schedule in those states. Trump said earlier on Tuesday he plans to run advertisements in early-voting states ahead of the first nominating contests in 2016. "I'll be spending a minimum of $2 million a week and perhaps substantially more," Trump, the party's front-runner, told reporters. Told that Jeb Bush had spent $40 million, Trump dismissed the amount as a waste. "He hasn't spent 40 million, he's wasted 40 million, there's a big difference. Jeb has wasted 40 million. So I'm going to be doing big ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and they're going to be very substantial and I think they're very well done. I've seen the first two or three of them, we're very proud of them. We're going to be talking about a lot of things including the border, including trade, including ISIS and security for the country. We're going to be talking about a lot of things in these commercials." Asked why he was planning to spend more money now Trump said: " I don't think I need to spend the money because if you look at the polls, as you probably just saw 20 minutes ago, Reuters came out and I'm close to 40 (per cent) and second I believe is 13 (per cent)." The most recent Reuters/Ipsos 5-day rolling survey showed Trump outpacing the field of likely Republican voters nationally by 39 percent, compared to nearest rival nationally, Ted Cruz, at almost 14 percent.

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Trump vows to raise campaign spending

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 00:55