The battle for South Carolina; Trump in the lead

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as a protestor is removed from the arena during a campaign stop at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(NEWS10) — The South Carolina republican primary is just days away and the campaign trail is heating up with some of the most negative campaigning of the season.

Even President Obama is weighing in on the race.

The latest polls show Donald Trump with a 16 point lead in South Carolina and it seems his feud with the Bush’s has not hurt his poll numbers.

President Obama weighed in on the race saying he does not believe the billionaire will ever be president.

It is the President’s strongest criticism yet about any of the republican candidates who are running for president.

Speaking at the close of the Asian Summit in California, President Obama said he believes America will make a sensible choice and that will not be Trump.

“I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be President. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show,” said the President.

Trump responded with,” This man has done such a bad job. He has set us back so far and for him to say that is a great compliment if you want to know the truth.”

The republican primary is Saturday and the democrats head to the polls a week later, where Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead over Bernie Sanders.

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