Preview: What to expect from round two of Republican debate
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. —
The stage is nearly set, and candidates are putting the finishing touches on debate preps as the nation readies for "Trump and company."
The frontrunner predicts some of his rivals will "tear into him" to try and erode his lead, but he plans to stay on message.
"What I do is - I do deals. I deal. I have tremendous energy - tremendous, to a point where it's almost ridiculous, when you think about it" he said to a crowd of roughly 20 thousand people in Dallas Monday night.
Dr. Ben Carson told reporters he has his own plan of attack "If somebody attacks me whoever it is, I will simply say 'now that you've completed your gratuitous attack, how about we get back to something important.' I'm not gonna get into the mud with anybody."
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee also said in a press conference that he knows how he'll be answering questions "I believe my job is to answer the questions they ask me and to put my message out there."
"It's not to try to tell somebody what's wrong with the message of some other candidate."
Political experts said some candidates have to step up their game tomorrow night, namely a former Florida Governor with one of the most recognizable names in politics and $100M in the bank.
"I think the candidate with the most at stake is Jeb Bush. He's got to show more fire in the belly" said political expert Greg Valliere.
Valliere said the candidate who trumps Trump with policy issues and not personal attacks will likely emerge victorious in Wednesday night's showdown.
"The problem is, if you go after trump personally, he hits back really hard and usually wins."
Political experts predict Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina are the candidates to keep an eye on.