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Jan 18, 2016 10:40 PM

Steinhauser-First on NH1 News: Trump to return to N.H. next Monday

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD - A couple of hours after he left the Granite State, NH1 News learned that Donald Trump will return to New Hampshire next Monday, Jan. 25.

Trump spent late Monday afternoon in the first-in-the-nation primary state, headlining a rally at Concord High School. While Trump spoke for nearly 40 minutes, he didn't once mention Sen. Ted Cruz Texas, the GOP front runner's chief rival right now in the race for the Republican nomination.

Cruz, on the second day of a five-day bus tour across all ten of New Hampshire's counties, criticized Trump saying "we need a leader prepared to do whatever is needed to keep this country safe," before adding that "typically, that doesn't include spending time on Twitter."

Cruz was also once again critical of Trump on the issue of illegal immigration.
But Trump didn't return fire on Monday at his rally in Concord, or earlier in the day when he spoke at the convocation at Liberty University in Virginia. The school, founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, is the largest Christian university in the world and was the site Cruz chose last year to launch his White House.
Trump kicked off his rally the way he always does, touting his poll numbers, and adding that "every one of my competitors say I shouldn’t mention the polls because that’s because I’m in first place."
And with three weeks to go until the Feb. 9 primary, he predicted that "you’re going to see me so much in New Hampshire, you’re going to be so tired of me, you’re going to say keep that guy out. Keep him out of here."
Trump also teased that "we are going to get some unbelievable endorsements over the next little while."
"We have a couple coming up that are really fantastic. One in particular which we love," he continues.
Trump is expected to unveil some of those endorsements Tuesday in Iowa.
As he often does on the campaign trail in the first-in-the-nation primary state, Trump praised New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, saying "do we love Tom Brady by the way. Is he the greatest."
"I just watch, bing, bing, bing, bing. Touchdown. Boom, boom," he continued.

In a bizarre unscripted moment, a security dog's bark interrupted Trump.

"What was that? Was that a dog? Uh oh," Trump said.When a man in audience said "it's Hillary," Trump repeated him to laughter and cheers, before adding "ah, only in New Hampshire.Late in his rally, Trump was joined by his daughter Ivanka."Ivanka’s eight months pregnant and she still wanted to come up," Trump announced.

"I am so incredibly proud of my father this is so much fun for me to be here," Ivanka said about her father.

It was the first time the father and daughter had teamed up on the campaign trail in New Hampshire,and it came on the day that Ivanka starred in a radio spot for her father's presidential campaign that's running in the Granite State and Iowa.

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