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Nov 11, 2015 2:45 PM

Steinhauser: Donald Trump enjoys thinning of GOP 2016 field; talks to NH1 News about heroin epidemic

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MANCHESTER – Donald Trump says “it’s a beautiful thing to watch” as Republican presidential candidates drop out of the race.

And Trump told NH1 News that the heroin epidemic somehow “affects New Hampshire more than any other place and I don’t know why. Nobody knows why.”

Trump spoke with NH1 News and WMUR-TV moments after headlining the largest ever gathering of Politics and Eggs. New Hampshire Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque told NH1 News that some 600 people attended the Trump event. He said it was the largest crowd in the two and a half decades of the speaking series, which is a must-stop for White House contenders. The event, normally held at the NHIOP or on the St. Anselm College campus, was instead held at the Armory at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

Trump headlined the event Wednesday morning after flying overnight from Milwaukee, where the GOP front-runner took part Tuesday night in the fourth Republican presidential debate.

“So last night we had a debate. It was exciting, it was really nice, beautiful auditorium. Eight people on the stage, which is nice,” Trump told the audience. “We started off with 17, and one-by-one-by-one-by-one they’re disappearing. It’s a beautiful thing to watch as they go out. Oh I love it. Every day another one goes out.”

So far two Republican presidential candidates, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, have ended their bids for the GOP nomination.

At Tuesday night’s debate Trump pushed back against rival Carly Fiorina, the only female Republican presidential candidate, asking “why does she keep interrupting everybody?”

Asked by NH1 News about the exchange, Trump said “Carly’s very nice but she was interrupting everybody and they were so happy when I did that because everybody that was speaking, Carly would just come in and interrupt them. So I mentioned it and it was good and I think she understood.”

Even though he said he only got “an hour and a half of sleep,” Trump said “I feel great,” adding “I had a lot of fun there. And I think we made a big impact.”

Trump tells NH1 News heroin epidemic 'unbelievably big'

Trump mentioned the Granite State’s heroin epidemic numerous times during his comments and following question and answer session with the audience.

“I bet half the people, if I didn’t answer this question, half the people would have their hand up about heroin,” he said.

Later, he told NH1 News “the heroin problem in New Hampshire is unbelievably big. Every time I come here it’s always the first question. Heroin. Somehow it affects New Hampshire more than any other place and I don’t know why. Nobody knows why. But we’re going to do clinics and we’re going to get the source stopped, so that young people and people generally that aren’t hooked yet won’t get hooked.”

Trump also gave a shout out for his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Trump told the crowd that “Corey, he’s become a major star in New Hampshire. My main guy is from New Hampshire. Can you believe that. He knows every road. They got lost the other day. We were up here a couple of days ago. The driver got lost. So Corey told him exactly how to go.”

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