Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE on Tuesday said he is not interested in moderating his tone for the general presidential election.
“Well, possibly I do, but you know, I am who I am,” he told News 8 reporter Brittany Schmidt when asked whether he needs to change tactics before November as recent polls show him behind Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE.
“Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, you’ve got to pivot,’” Trump added in La Crosse, Wis. "I don’t want to pivot. I don’t want to change.
"You have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people. No, I am who I am.”
Trump said critics had inaccurately predicted the failure of his Oval Office bid several times during the GOP primaries.
“Don’t forget, when I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump,” he said. "Except for one problem: I then went on a very good run."
“I’ve gotten here in a landslide,” the Republican nominee added. "So we’ll see what happens. I am who I am.”
Trump, who lost Wisconsin’s GOP presidential primary to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (R-Texas) last April, also vowed he would perform better there this fall.
“I think we’ll do well here,” he said. "I understand what I’m up against. I have many friends in Wisconsin [and] they’re the ones who ask me to come here.
“It’s been a long time since anybody won Wisconsin. I believe that was [former President] Ronald Reagan. That’s a long time, in terms of a Republican.”
Multiple GOP lawmakers and strategists have expressed gloom over Trump’s chances of winning the White House amid his falling poll numbers.
Clinton leads Trump by about 9 points in Wisconsin, for example, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state. She holds a lead of approximately 7 points nationally in the same index.