Ben Carson is way up in Iowa – and Trump has to start punching first this time..
Miami (CNN) Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the results of two Iowa polls that show him slipping to second place in the key first state, and he took shots at Iowa’s new front-runner: Ben Carson.
Speaking at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Trump knocked Carson’s reserved persona and questioned his competence before a revved-up crowd of supporters.
"Donald Trump falls to second place behind Ben Carson," Trump said, reading the headline of the day. "We informed Ben, but he was sleeping."
He added that Carson could not aggressively tackle trade in the way Trump has pledged to do and said the country needs a "special leader" with "tremendous energy" as president. And in more subtle ways, Trump hinted at a contrast between him and Carson as he pointed out that the U.S. needs a strong leader in the face of "medieval times" in which ISIS is beheading Christians.