Donald Trump says that instead of going into a contested convention, he wants to “go for a knockout” against Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and Gov. John Kasich by winning Florida and Ohio.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, Trump said that he thinks he will get all of the delegates in both Ohio and Florida on March 15.
Cooper began by asking Trump about he thought he was going to win as “big” as he did in Michigan, Mississippi, and Hawaii on Tuesday and Trump said, “Well, I felt good. I mean, Mississippi, I was there three or four times and– and it was like a love fest. And so I felt very good about it. Michigan has been great. It’s been great for me for a long time. I have so many friends there. And I had no idea it would be that big.”
Asked about his “message on trade” being effective in Michigan, Trump said, “I think they want strength. I think they want military. I think they wanna take care of vets. I think they hate Obamacare. But I would say, ultimately, it’s about jobs and the economy. And, you know, Michigan’s been stripped. You look at those empty factories all over the place. And nobody hits that message better than me.”
Turning to the future elections, Cooper asked Trump if he thinks it would be “over” if he beats the sitting governor of Ohio and the sitting senator from Florida in their respective primaries and Trump replied, “I think so, yeah. I think if I win those two, I think it’s over.”
“I see probably getting the delegates” from Ohio and Florida, Trump claimed. “You know, it’s like the fighters. That’s the ultimate way of doing it. You knock ’em out. If you knock ’em out, nothing can happen.”
“You wanna go for a knockout,” Cooper asked.
Trump replied, “I’d rather go for a knockout, yes.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 9, 2016