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In Jacksonville, Trump Deemed 'The Man For The Job'

Cyd Hoskinson

A campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew thousands of people to the Jacksonville Landing on Saturday.

Trump spent a good part of his nearly hour-and-a-half long speech talking about money and mocking the other GOP candidates, sometimes simultaneously.

“I think they reported the other day I put up $2 million, I think. That’s a good deal, right? Two million and you’re number one. Hillary’s in for, like, $32 million. Bush is in for a fortune. Rubio’s spent much more than me. He’s running out of money and not doing well.  And what I’m saying is, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a country that would spend the least and still be number one,” Trump said.

Jacksonville resident Bill Goodman is impressed.

“He’s funding his own campaign, which he said before, he’s not going to owe any favors,” Goodman said.

New York City transplant Bobby McClurg says he and his wife have a more personal reason for supporting Trump.

“We’re from New York, and it’s about time we had a New Yorker in the White House,” McClurg said. “I’ll tell you why: 9/11.  It took New Yorkers to survive it, rescue it and rebuild it.  Trump was there the whole time. He can fix everything.  He’s the man for the job.”

A recent University of North Florida poll has Trump leading among Florida Republicans with about 22 percent support, followed closely by Ben Carson and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, with about 19 percent and 14 percent respectively. Former Gov. Jeb Bush trails with support from 9 percent of people polled.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.