By Rich Zeoli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele says, following the last Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Donald Trump will be the Republican Party’s nominee for President.

Steele, responding to a question from Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about who can defeat Trump for the nomination, said no one can.

“I don’t think you can. That window has closed and I think Donald Trump effectively closed it over the last couple of months. You tell me who stops him and when do they do it? He’s polling anywhere from 33 to 35, 36 percent in every poll in the country. He’s now tightened the space between him and Cruz in Iowa. Cruz is still in the lead, but Cruz is slipping. He’s down two points and Trump is up a couple points. You tell me who does it and you tell me when they do it? Folks start voting in two and a half weeks. You tell me that 33 percent, that 40 percent nationally, just drill it down to a New Hampshire or an Iowa, where he’s leading by double digits, except against Cruz in Iowa where he’s much closer, but he’s at 27…You think those percentages are just going to dissipate?”