Donald Trump: ‘If I tank,’ I’ll drop out

Updated 1:52 PM EDT, Fri October 2, 2015
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Donald Trump said he'd leave the GOP presidential race if he ever dropped to 1%

In an interview with CNBC, Trump also compared himself to Superman

(CNN) —  

Donald Trump says he’s no “masochist” – so if one day he finds himself plummeting in the polls, he’d drop out of the Republican presidential race.

Right now there’s no reason to go anywhere: The real estate mogul has consistently led national GOP polls for months.

But in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, he said he’d drop out of the 2016 campaign if he found himself alongside Republican contenders who are struggling to get off the ground.

“Well, I’m not a masochist,” Trump said. “Right now I’m leading every poll, and in most cases big. That’s good. If that changed, if I was like some of these people at 1% and 2%, there’s no reason to continue forward. If I fell behind badly, I would certainly get out.”

He said he isn’t planning to return to his business empire soon.

“I’m in this for the long haul,” Trump said. “That doesn’t mean someday I don’t wake up and I say, ‘Wow, I’m really tanking.’ Well, if I tank, sure, I go back to the business. Why wouldn’t I?”

In pressing Trump on how he’d accomplish many of his campaign goals – like deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants – Harwood said, “We don’t have Superman presidents.”

Trump’s immigration plan: Deport the undocumented, ‘legal status’ for some

“No,” Trump said, “but we will if you have Trump.”