Former Governor Dave Heineman expects a vigorous debate among Republican presidential hopefuls tonight in Colorado.
CNBC sponsors the debate on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.
Heineman, a Republican, plans to attend.
“Well, I think you’re going to see a lot of fireworks. I think you’re seeing the complexion of the race changing,” Heineman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Driver Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “For the first time, Donald Trump is no longer the leader, both nationally and in certain states, particularly over in Iowa. I have talked to a number of my friends over in Iowa and for months, at least the last six weeks, they’ve been telling me Ben Carson is making quite a move and it’s showing up in the polls.”
Heineman expects Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz to make a move up in the polls after the debate.
In general, there are 14 candidates vying for the GOP nod for president. There will be 10 on stage in Colorado tonight.
Heineman says Trump’s style, which led to his quick rise to the top of the GOP field, might now be working against him.
“I think Donald Trump is beginning to falter. Donald’s got a good message, but he insults too many people. I think that’s a serious mistake he’s making.”