Donald Trump is reportedly trying to lower expectations ahead of the first Republican primary debate next week and has promised to mind his manners, at least.
According to The Hill, the former reality-TV star and real estate mogul struck a rare humble note regarding his potential performance in the debate, which will pit the top 10 Republican candidates against each other for one hour on Fox News.
“I have no idea how I’ll do,” he told ABC News. “Maybe I’ll do terribly, maybe I’ll do great.”
He quickly reverted to type, however, by saying that he's not a talker like those other guys. He's a doer.
“I’ve never debated before, I’m not a debater,” he said. “I get things done. I don’t talk about it, I get it done.”
“Politicians talk about it,” he added. “They debate all over the place and nothing happens. I’m sort of the opposite.”
On Twitter, the billionaire CEO sounded like nothing so much as an 8-year-old who threw sweet potatoes at the table last Thanksgiving, but who swears he's ready to sit with the grownups now.
I look forward to the debate on Thursday night & it is certainly my intention to be very nice & highly respectful of the other candidates.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1438285597.0
We are sure it will be very beautiful, very classy. The classiest candidate debate in all of history. It'll be YOOGE!
Trump is the current frontrunner of the declared 2016 Republican hopefuls. CNN reported Thursday that Trump leads the party hopefuls with 20 percent of Republican voters saying they support him for the GOP nomination, according to Quinnipiac.
"He is followed not by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13%. Bush follows Walker at 10%," said CNN.
"Behind them, Quinnipiac finds a group of four tied at 6%," the article continued. "Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are just a shade behind at 5%."