- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump conceded that some of the language he’s used on the campaign trail is probably a bit childish, but he said it’s come in the midst of a political campaign and that he never throws the first punch at his 2016 GOP rivals.

“[It] probably is a little childish, but you know what? This is a campaign,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett. “And usually, and I think you know this better than anybody, I’m responding to them. I’m a counter-puncher.”

Mr. Trump, for example, has recently called Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida a “clown” and made fun of his personal finances. He has repeatedly referred to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as “low-energy.”

The billionaire businessman said his own temperament “is great.”

“You know, I built a great company, and it’s because of my temperament,” he said. “Jeb Bush and Hillary, almost on the same day, they said, ‘We don’t like his tone.’ “

“I said, tone? They’re chopping off heads, they’re drowning people, we have people in the world that are looking to kill us. We need a strong tone,” he said. “We don’t need that soft, soft group of people. We need something tough. I think I have a great temperament.”

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