Sep 29, 2016 10:47 PM
NH1 News Political Director
BEDFORD – Donald Trump took aim at Hillary and Bill Clinton at a rally Thursday.
And in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News the Republican presidential nominee said “we’ll see what happens” when asked whether he’ll bring up the former president’s past infidelities at the next presidential debate.
And Trump stood by his comments during the first presidential debate regarding his longtime questioning of President Barack Obama’s U.S. birth, telling NH1 News “I’m very proud of that.”
Trump spoke with NH1 News minutes before headlining a large rally at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford.
Asked by NH1 News if he took Clinton’s bait at the debate Monday night at Hofstra University in New York’s Long Island and whether he would be more disciplined in the second showdown, Trump said “I don’t think I took the bait. You know every on-line poll had me winning the debate. So every single one of them, many of them. So I found it to be an amazing experience actually. We had 88 million people, or something around that number (watching the debate) and I just found it to be an amazing experience.”
Near the end of the first debate, Trump said he “was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, ‘I can’t do it.'”
Minutes later, in the debate spin room, he told CNN’s Dana Bash that he “was very happy” that he was “able to hold back on the indiscretion with respect to Bill Clinton because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton.”
But he added “maybe I’ll tell you next debate.”
On Thursday Trump told NH1 News “she (Hillary Clinton) was very nasty to me. And I was going to do it and I saw Chelsea sitting out in the audience and I just didn’t want to go there. I thought it would be too disrespectful. I just didn’t want to do it. But she was very nasty. We’ll see what happens. But I just didn’t want to put it there. I just didn’t want to put it there. It’s a hard thing to say in front of somebody’s daughter
Asked if Bill Clinton’s past indiscretions came up at the second debate, would his own past marital history also be fair game, Trump said “I guess. They can do it. But it’s a lot different that his. That I can tell you. We have a situation where we have a president who was a disaster and was ultimately impeached over it, in a sense for lying. We’ll see whether or not we discuss it.”
Asked if he was worried about his past history, Trump added “no, not at all. I have a very good history.”
Trump on birther moment from debate
Near the end of the first debate, Trump was asked by moderator Lester Holt of NBC News why it took him “so long” to assess that the President was born in the U.S.
In his answer Trump blamed Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign for first raising questions regarding Obama’s birthplace.
And he added that he “got him (Obama) to give the birth certificate. So I’m satisfied with it.”
Trump went to say that he did a service to the country, and the President, in helping force the release of Obama’s birth certificate in 2011.
Asked by NH1 News if he’s proud of what he did, Trump said “I was the one that got him to put up his birth certificate. Hillary Clinton was unable to get there and I will tell you she tried. And you look at her campaign and everybody knows it happened. I would say that pretty much everybody agreed with me that she tried and she was unable to do it and I tried and I was able to do it. So I’m very proud of it.”
Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager, disputes Trump’s account that the Clinton campaign had spread “birther” rumors.
Trump also disputed a new report that his representatives violated the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba during a visit in the late 1990’s. According to Newsweek, Trump Hotel executives visited the communist island in 1998 to meet with officials about doing business there. The report went on to say that Trump company officials spent nearly $70,000 during the trip to Cuba without obtaining the then-necessary clearance from the U.S. Treasury to spend money there..
Asked about the report, Trump said “no. I never did business in Cuba. There’s this guy who has very bad reputation as a reporter. You see what his record is. He wrote something about me in Cuba. No I never did anything in Cuba. I never did a deal in Cuba. I heard about it last night for the first time”
The event in Bedford was Trump’s second rally in the Granite State in two weeks.
The GOP nominee told NH1 News “I’m going to be up here a lot” in the remaining five and a half weeks until the Nov. 8 general election.
Asked if New Hampshire’s pretty important to him, Trump responded “it is. First of all I love the state and this was my first victory in the primaries. So it’s a special place.”
Trump slams Clintons during rally
Trump’s visit came one day after Clinton teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her fierce rival during the Democratic primaries, at an event at the field house at UNH in Durham. Trump took aim at Clinton, saying “Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had very few people at their rally yesterday.”
Authorities in Durham said that field house was filled to its maximum capacity of 1,200, with hundreds more supporters prevented from enter the building. At Thursday rally in Bedford, Trump campaign officials told NH1 News that the checked in at least 1,600 people.
Trump fired away at the Clintons for the second straight day on the campaign trail (he was in Iowa Wednesday), saying they are “the sordid past and we will be the very bright and clean future.”
“The American people have had it with years, decades, of Clinton corruption and scandals,” he added.
Trump said that “everything you need to know about Hillary Clinton” could be best summed up “in a simple but very important phrase: Follow the money.”
“The Wall Street investors who have rigged the regulations against the middle class, they’re donating to Hillary Clinton. Follow the money,” Trump added.
The GOP nominee also repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server and address during her four years as U.S. Secretary of State. Trump also slammed the FBI’s investigation of the controversy, which resulted in no talk of prosecution of Clinton, saying “they gave so much immunity there was nobody left to talk to. There was nobody left except Hillary. They probably gave her immunity too.”
Trump also pointed out that one day earlier FBI Director James Comey told Congress he won’t reopen the investigation into Clinton’s emails, adding that none of the new information that’s come up since he closed the case in July would trigger a new investigation.
Responding to that news, Trump said “ I don’t think I’ve ever seen a think like that in my life and it really is a sad, sad, honestly, it’s a sad time for the United States.”
Among the speakers to take the stage prior to Trump was former Gov. John H. Sununu, who was a vocal critic of Trump during the presidential primaries. Sununu told NH1 News in early July that he was backing Trump and would appear at Trump rallies in the future.
Earlier in the day, on a conference call organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen criticized Trump for being the first presidential nominee in 40 years not to release any tax returns.
“Donald Trump refuses to release his tax returns. New Hampshire voters deserve to know what’s in those tax returns,” the Democratic senator and former governor said.
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