Donald Trump arrives at an event in Rochester, N.H. on Thursday Sept. 17

Sep 17, 2015 9:47 PM

Steinhauser: Trump tells NH1 News he didn't talk to Bush about casinos

NH1 Political Director -

ROCHESTER – Donald Trump says he never spoke with Jeb Bush about opening a casino in Florida.

Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News on Thursday evening, as he arrived for an event at the Rochester Community Center, Trump said “I never spoke with him about it. Take a look.”

At the second Republican presidential debate, Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, Trump denied Bush’s charge that Trump gave the then-Florida gubernatorial candidate money as he sought casino gambling in the Sunshine State.

"The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something, that was generous and gave me money , was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida,” Bush charged.

“Totally false,” Trump responded.

"I promise if I wanted it, I would have gotten it,” Trump added.

“No way man,” Bush fired back.

While Trump did host a big bucks fundraiser for Bush in 1997, it’s unclear whether the real estate magnate personally lobbied Bush for casinos either during Bush’s campaign for governor or when he was running the state.

While Trump’s performance at the second GOP showdown was panned by some political pundits, Trump told NH1 News “I think really good. I won every poll , every single poll, Drudge, Time Magazine, Slate, so I feel really good about it.”

At the end of the debate, Trump and Bush smiled and gave each other a low five. Asked if they exchanged words, Trump said “oh not much,” adding “we had a good time.”

NH1 News was first to report Thursday evening that 3,000 packed into the gymnasium to see Trump, according to the Rochester Fire Department. It was Trump’s largest crowd yet in New Hampshire. It was also one of his shortest events, but that may be understandable, since the GOP front-runner flew overnight from California back to New York City before heading to the Granite State in the evening.

Audience member calls President a "Muslim"

After making brief remarks, Trump took questions from the crowd. The first one came from an audience member who said our “current president is” a Muslim.

In his answer, Trump failed to correct the questioner by noting that President Barack Obama is a Christian.

As NH1 New first reported Thursday evening, Trump returns to the first-in-the-nation primary state on September 30.

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