Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the National Review is a 'dying paper' and accuses the magazine of trying to get publicity when it published an editorial criticizing him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pushing back against the National Review. The influential conservative magazine published an editorial on Thursday urging Republicans to rally against the front-running presidential candidate as Iowa is poised to begin the search for a 2016 nominee in 10 days. National Review, a New York-based magazine founded in 1955 by famed conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr., drew heavy scorn from Trump on Twitter and at a Las Vegas news conference for its issue entitled: "Against Trump." "Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP (Republican Party) in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones," National Review said. Trump responded to those criticisms by saying, "The National Review is a dying paper. Circulation is way down. Not many people read it anymore. People don't even think about the National Review. I guess they wanna get a little bit of publicity." The magazine's argument is one that has been made by several of Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, most notably by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. But nothing has stopped Trump from seizing control of the race and putting him in position to win not only Iowa's caucuses, but also New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9. A CNN/ORC poll on Thursday said Trump had taken a solid lead over Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa, with 37 percent to 26 percent for Cruz. Cruz has led other polls in Iowa. National Review said Trump, a New York billionaire real estate developer and former reality TV star, had in the past supported abortion, gun control and higher taxes on the wealthy, all positions that conservatives oppose. The issue's cover read "Cage Match - The GOP's Internal Fight" and portrayed a bare-chested, double-chinned Trump, with a necklace of dollar signs tattooed across his torso, flanked by four less-muscular rivals for the Republican crown.