Mar 19, 2015 5:06 PM
CONCORD - Donald Trump says voters "know that I get things done and they know that I'm a very competent person."
And in a one-on-one interview Thursday with NH1 News, the real estate mogul and reality TV star said, "Our country can be great again. We have tremendous potential. But we have leaders that are incompetent. And politicians - all talk no action. It's never going to happen."
"The last thing we need is another Bush and these people," added Trump, in a jab at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an all-but-certain GOP presidential candidate.
Trump's sit down interview at NH1's studios in Concord came one day after he took a major step toward running for the White House - by announcing a presidential exploratory committee.
Besides talking with NH1, Trump's day long visit to New Hampshire included speaking to a couple of hundred Republican activists at the Amherst home of state Rep. Steve Stepanek. He held private meetings with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, as well as with veterans leaders, business leaders and political leaders.
While he's flirted with presidential bids in the past, including just four years ago, this time around Trump's doing things he's never done before, such as launching an exploratory committee and hiring veteran political advisers in the key early voting states, including Corey Lewandowski in New Hampshire.
"I can say this - we are looking at it very, very, seriously. I have never looked at it so seriously," Trump said.
Asked what's different this time around, he explained that, "I am in a different place from the standpoint that my children are now grown and can now run things."
And he responded to the skepticism from many political pundits by saying that, "They just don't think I'm going to do it," adding that "let's see what's going to happen. I think they're going to be very surprised."
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll indicated that nearly three-quarters of Republicans say they could not see themselves backing Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.
Asked about that survey, Trump said, "I think those numbers are based on the fact that they think that I'm not running. If you remember last time I was leading in the polls and I wasn't doing anything. And I was leading in the polls. And right now I'm much more successful, frankly, than I was four years ago."
"I'm a very capable person who knows how to make this country rich. It doesn't sound nice to say we're going to make it rich, but without rich you're not going to make it great again. You need to make it great again. And I'm going to do that. I'm going to save Social Security, and I'm not going to cut it. And I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid. I'm going to save them," Trump added.
Trump railed against the current administration, saying that, "We don't have competent leadership. We have politicians. They're all talk, there no action."
"We're not going to have a country very soon if this keeps going on. We're going to be one big, fat Detroit. This whole country is going to end up being Detroit and we can't let that happen," Trump added.
Discussing America's global economic relationships, Trump said, "We need somebody who's going to take back the money from China. We need somebody who's going to take back the jobs from China and many other countries. I mean I've made a lot of money dealing with the Chinese, a fortune."
"We are now second to China. That won't happen to me," Trump added. "A lot of bad things will end if I decide to run and if I become president."
Asked if his bravado will turn off voters and if his personality's more of a negative than a positive when it comes to relating to the average person, Trump thought for a moment before saying, "I don't know. I think I'm a nice person. I help a lot of people. I've employed thousands and thousands of people over the years. Tens of thousands of people over the years. I've taken care of their families and health care, by the way, at the highest level, and education, and lots of other things. I give a lot of money to charity. I do a lot of good things. I have a lot of great relationships. I think a lot of people like me."
"I hope they like me but more importantly than liking me, they know that I get things done," Trump added.
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