One person who will be in attendance at the North Charleston GOP debate is Republican front-runner Donald Trump. News 2 spoke to Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, about what to expect during the debate on Thursday.
Pierson says, “I think most people can expect to see Mr. Trump continue to talk about the things he wants to do to help America to be great again. He has been talking the past couple weeks about all the problems we have in the country and are facing the world. And he really wants to be the one to get in there and solve some of those problems. He has business experience, he has the background, and he’s done work all over the world, so he has the familiarity with a lot of these other countries as well. So, I think you’re going to hear a lot about what he can do.”
News 2 asked, “Just last night following the State of the Union address, South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley said a few critical things about Donald Trump. So, how are you reacting to that and is that affecting his campaign at all?”
Pierson says, “It’s definitely not affecting the campaign. Governor Haley, said that he was angry, I guess? Not realizing that Donald Trump is leading the state of South Carolina and that means a lot of her own constituents are pretty angry and I think the fact that she can just overlook that is concerning as well. And Mr. Trump has said quite well, he supported Nikki Haley in the past and I think it’s quite clear that it’s getting close for her to endorse the establishment candidate and so I think she’s just toeing the party line.”
News 2 asked, “We all know Donald Trump is a front-runner, so do you feel like he’s going to have a target on his back, as far as the other candidates maybe taking some jabs at him Thursday night?”
Pierson says, “Since Mr. Trump entered this race back in June there’s been a target on his back. And of course I think this is going to get a lot more hostile. We are a couple weeks out from Iowa, and New Hampshire, then South Carolina. Things are definitely going to get more tense, but Mr. Trump is bold and he’s firm and he’s ready to see this through.”