• CNBC’s John Harwood to Trump: ‘Is This a Comic Book Version of a Presidential Campaign?’

    The first question of CNBC’s Republican debate Wednesday night was directed to party front-runner Donald Trump.

    Moderator John Harwood confronted the real estate mogul about his campaign promises, including the mass deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his tax plan.

    “Mr. Trump, you’ve done very well in this campaign so far by promising to build a wall and make another country pay for it, send 11 million people out of the country, cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit, and make Americans better off because your greatness would replace would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others,” Harwood said.

    “Let’s be honest,” he added. “Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?”

    “It’s not a very nicely-asked question,” Trump replied.

    Trump pointed out that CNBC’s own commentator and economist Larry Kudlow loves his tax plan, defended his intent to build a wall along the southern border and make Mexico pay for it.

    “Mexico is going to pay for the wall. … People say, ‘Oh, how are you going to get Mexico to pay,’” Trump said. “A politician cannot get them to pay. I can.”

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