Trump: I'll Act More Presidential 'Pretty Soon'

But right now he's busily 'fighting for my life'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2016 10:28 AM CST
Trump: I'll Act More Presidential 'Pretty Soon'
Bernie Sanders speaks on the day of the Nevada Democratic caucus, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. Hillary Clinton captured Nevada's Democratic caucuses Saturday, overcoming an unexpectedly strong surge by Sanders.   (Jae C. Hong)

In the wake of Saturday night's victory in South Carolina, Donald Trump acknowledges he probably needs to act more presidential and says he'll do so "pretty soon." The often brash Trump tells Fox News Sunday, ''I think I'll be very presidential at the appropriate time. Right now, I'm fighting for my life." Trump's victory comes after a week in which he threatened to sue one rival, accused former President George W. Bush of lying about the Iraq war, and even tussled with Pope Francis on immigration. Trump says he "can act as presidential as anybody that's ever been president other than the great Abraham Lincoln," who he says was hard to beat. As for speculation about his inevitability, "I don't want to say (the nomination is) mine." Elsewhere on this morning after contests in South Carolina and Nevada, per the AP:

  • Ted Cruz says that his third place finish in South Carolina "effectively tied for second" place with Marco Rubio, who placed second by two-tenths of 1 percentage point over Cruz. He added that "there is now only one strong conservative remaining in this race who can win."
  • Bernie Sanders says his loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada probably was caused by lower voter turnout. "We will do well when young people, when working-class people come out" to vote. He adds: "We did not do as good a job as I had wanted to bring out a large turnout."
  • RNC Chair Reince Priebus says the party is ready "for anything" at the nominating convention in July, including a brokered convention. "We will be prepared if that happens, but again I don't think that's going to be the case."
  • Hillary Clinton says that voters have an "underlying she in it for us or is she in it for herself? That's a question that people are trying to sort through...I know that I have to make my case."
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