Donald Trump has said he would raise taxes on himself as he pitched for the middle class vote.
The business mogul claimed that not only would he change and “simplify” the tax bracket for Americans, he was willing to increase taxes on high earners – himself included.
His remarks follow data showing Mr Trump’s seemingly inexorable rise to the top of the Republican polls: on Monday Public Policy Polling said he had 35 per cent of the base vote.
Meanwhile, UK bookmakers William Hill slashed the businessman from rank outsider at 150/1, to 5/1 odds as third favourite to occupy the White House next.
Mr Trump’s latest comments shadow independent politician Bernie Saunders and leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton statements on tax rises on top earners.
“I would let people who are making hundreds of millions of dollars a year pay some tax because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it is outrageous,” he told Bloomberg.
When presenters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann ask whether he is proposing raising taxes on himself Mr Trump replied: “That’s right. Ready, willing, you see my statements: I do very well. I don’t mind paying some tax.”
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
He added that the middle class, “who built this country”, were “getting clobbered” and he wished to see them “thrive” again.
However, polling for Mr Trump - currently storming the field ahead of the selection for the Republican presidential nominee - may not be as positive as first appears.
As a New York Times piece suggested, his numbers may be slanted due to his celebrity as although he has huge name recognition, this does not definitively translate into votes - especially in primaries.