"I would beat Bernie easily," Trump said on "CBS This Morning", even though polling data has consistently given Sanders a wide lead over Trump in a hypothetical general-election face-off. Trump's comments are in line with a growing willingness among Republicans to take Sanders seriously. Over the past week or so, GOP candidates have shifted away from their relentless focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the inevitable Democratic nominee, and have started attacking Sanders as a potential adversary in November. Trump also claimed Wednesday that he would beat Clinton "easily" in November, though polls likewise show Clinton besting Trump in a presidential matchup, albeit by narrower margins than Sanders.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.