Riding high in the polls, Donald Trump has begun sketching out the kinds of people he might appoint as president, and the kinds of policies he might favor.
On Bloomberg's With All Due Respect, Trump praised Paul Volcker, the inflation-taming Fed chairman of the early 1980s, as a role model for the type of central banker he would pick. Volcker, now 87, not only had good ideas but the right style, Trump said.
Asked by Mark Halperin if Trump's positive view of Volcker extended to the Volcker Rule, he offered this reply: "Well I'm not sure if he likes it, but if he's happy, I'm happy," Trump said. "He was a terrific guy. I've met him a few times. And I thought he was terrific. But I think his policy and his demeanor there was something very solid about him. His demeanor were very good."
The Republican frontrunner also added that the low interest rates that have prevailed for years are beginning to worry him as he considers leading the nation's economy.
"I've always loved low interest rates as a developer and I've always done well with low interest rates," he said. "I think you're creating a bubble and the bubble could explode."
Trump also had some red meat for the conservative base, saying he wants to shut down the Export-Import Bank.
"I don't like it because I don't think it's necessary," the real estate mogul said. "It's a one-way street also. It's sort of a featherbedding for politicians and others, and a few companies. And these are companies that can do very well without it. So I don't like it. I think it's a lot of excess baggage. I think it's unnecessary. And when you think about free enterprise it's really not free enterprise. I'd be against it."
Trump's position aligns with many conservative activists who have come to view the bank, which assists in financing U.S. exports abroad, as emblematic of corporate welfare. Democrats and more moderate Republicans want to renew the bank's charter, and the Senate recently passed an Ex-Im extension attached to a long-term highway bill. But House Republican leaders appear uninterested in renewing the bank, and nearly all Republican presidential contenders from Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz say it should die.
Trump also criticized Citizens United, the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision that paved the way for unlimited independent spending to influence elections. He said super-PACs, which are legally prohibited from coordinating with campaigns they support, are a "total phony deal," noting that Jeb Bush's super-PAC is run by "somebody that's very close to him." He said the law "forces people into being somewhat dishonest."
"I guess from my standpoint personally I'd almost rather not see it," he said of candidates seeking to raise large amounts of money from the Koch brothers. "I see all of the money that's being raised by these folks, and they're raising hundreds of millions of dollars, and ultimately billions of dollars."
Trump has made the self-funded nature of his campaign a signature issue, insisting that unlike his rivals he cannot be bribed as he won't be in thrall to donors. "I don't need anybody's money," he said, but "I'm not sure it's the worst thing in the world."
Trump, who leads his Republican rivals in the a new Bloomberg Politics survey released Tuesday, said "I'm emboldened by the polls that are coming out."