Radio host Rush Limbaugh said on Tuesday's show that the only way to stop real estate mogul Donald Trump from running away from the GOP presidential nomination is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) winning Iowa.
Limbaugh played audio of Cruz saying that Trump could be "unstoppable" if he wins Iowa and New Hampshire, and that his campaign is the only one capable of stopping Trump in Iowa. The radio giant concurred.
"He is the only candidate in Iowa, according to the polling data, who has a chance of winning Iowa other than Donald Trump. And that's according to the polling data," Limbaugh said. "Strange things happen in this state because caucuses are different than showing up and voting, and polling there is not quite the same as it is in other places. But thematically, philosophically, he's exactly right here. Theoretically, if Cruz doesn't stop Trump in Iowa, there may not be any stopping Trump. That kind of momentum has been built up already."
Limbaugh continued: (emphasis bolded)
So Ted Cruz is making the point that, according to polling data, depending on the poll, he's either ahead in Iowa -- there's a WHO poll out that shows Cruz ahead in Iowa. And it's interesting that none of the Drive-By Media outlets are interested in the poll. You can't find it anywhere except if you know somebody that knows somebody at WHO and they forward it out or text it out to you, or whatever. But you won't find anybody picking it up. They pick up all the other polls that show it either nip and tuck or Cruz trailing Trump now.
But regardless, there isn't any chance for anybody other than Cruz to beat Trump in Iowa. And the only reason I mentioned this is I think Cruz had a very good point. I mean, if you are interested in stopping Trump, if Trump's not your ball of wax, Cruz is your guy, if you're in Iowa, Cruz is your boy. That's the only chance. And I don't know, the political professionals out there, the ones who claim to have all the answers, are indeed saying that it's hard to see Trump being stopped if he wins Iowa where he wasn't supposed to two weeks ago. He wins Iowa, goes on to win New Hampshire, goes down to South Carolina, it could be over. And Cruz is making that point, and look, it's a good campaign move, and it happens to be exactly right.
Limbaugh later said that Trump's statements of being able to work with Democrats is a "red flag" to many voters.
"I mean, if you are interested in stopping Trump, if Trump's not your ball of wax, Cruz is your guy, if you're in Iowa, Cruz is your boy. That's the only chance."
"They don't want to work with Democrats. They don't want anybody working with them," Limbaugh said. "They want people [that] are gonna smoke 'em. They want people are gonna cream 'em. They want people are gonna drive them into the ground and bury them, and then hammer the political nails one after another and end this."