Donald Trump says that his strategy for Thursday night's GOP debate boils down to a simple idea: "I want to be me."
“I don’t want to be unreal. I want to be me. I have to be me," Trump said Sunday in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press. "We have enough of that in Washington with pollsters telling everybody what to say."
Trump also continued to downplay his debate experience, telling NBC's Chuck Todd that he plans to "counterpunch" only if he's attacked by the nine competitors will join him on the debate stage.
"I think that frankly I'd like to discuss the issues. I'm not looking to take anybody out or be nasty to anybody," said Trump, who leads the GOP field in a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday.
Asked about a general election match up against Hillary Clinton or Vice President Joe Biden, Trump suggested that Clinton would be the "easy" candidate to beat.
“Hillary will be easy if it's her, but I'm not so sure it's going to be her,” he said.
As for the possibility of the vice president launching a late challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nod, Trump said of Biden, “I think he’s fine. If he runs, he runs.”
The real estate mogul did not shed any light on when he would release details of his policy platform, saying only that he wants to "take back jobs from China ... Japan, and Vietnam, and Mexico, and virtually everybody that's taking our jobs and ruining our manufacturing base."
"We have to get great jobs for people and good paying jobs for people," he said. "And we're going to be just fine."