The following is an excerpt from Ryan Grim | October 9, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
WASHINGTON - With pressure mounting on Donald Trump to leave the presidential race, his surrogate Rudy Giuliani was pressed multiple times Sunday on whether the GOP nominee would make it to Election Day.
But anybody who is unsure of the answer to that question doesn’t understand Donald Trump or what motivates him. As Giuliani said, echoing Trump over the weekend: Trump’s not going anywhere.
His determination to stay in the race draws from a variety of motivations, but each one would be sufficient on its own. Let’s run through them.
Running for president, for Trump, has never been about being president. Trump’s camp floated the idea that John Kasich, if he became vice president, could have the domestic policy portfolio. Oh, and also foreign policy.
One of Trump’s earliest aides said he told her he wanted to get into double-digits in the polls, finish second and give a speech at the convention. He never thought voters would be crazy enough to nominate him, let alone elect him.
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