Donald Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he would launch television ads later this week for the first time in his campaign, a response to Ben Carson's recent surge into first place in some national polls.

"Anyone that hits me, we're going to hit them 10 times harder," Trump promised. "We have more money than anybody else by a factor of about a thousand."

"We're going to start some ads over the next two days — certainly in Iowa we're going to start ads, and in New Hampshire, and I think in South Carolina, too," Trump added.

The billionaire pointed out that he has thus far "spent nothing" on his 2016 campaign because "we haven't needed it," but said that is about to change.

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