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Trump: Low-Ranking Candidates Should Drop Out

Donald Trump is calling on low ranked Republicans to drop out of the presidential race.

“You have people who were supposed to be really good and they’re down to 1 point or they’re down to 2 points, and some are down to nothing,” Trump told USA Today.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know why they keep running. Perhaps they think it’s good for the brand but I don’t think it’s good for their brand, personally. I think they should get out. I could name a few, but I won’t do that because I’m a nice person,” Trump said.

The Hill reports:

The celebrity real estate tycoon, who has led in national polls for the past three months, made his remarks on the night CNBC finalized the field for the third debate next week in Colorado.

Trump, who will remain in the middle of the stage during the prime-time debate, will be joined by nine other top-tier candidates including retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Trump suggested in his interview with USA Today that those candidates who did not average at least 3 percent in recent national polls to qualify for the main debate should drop out.

“I think it’s an embarrassment to the party when [Louisiana Gov.] Bobby Jindal gets up on stage and when [former New York Gov. George] Pataki, who has zero,” Trump said.

“You look at [South Carolina Sen.] Lindsey Graham; it’s very sad. Lindsey Graham, he’s a sitting senator, he’s at zero. And you have a number of zeros and I would think they should get on with their life and go back home.”

Jindal, Pataki, Graham and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) will all appear during the undercard debate next week since they polled above 1 percent but below the 2.5 percent threshold for the main stage. Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.) did not qualify for the debate for a second time.

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