Oct 12, 2015 4:41 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER – It seems that Donald Trump has patched things up with Steven Tyler.
Two days after the Aerosmith front man asked the Republican presidential frontrunner to stop using his band’s classic rock anthem “Dream On” at campaign events, the song was blaring on the loudspeakers as Trump walked to the stage Monday at the No Labels “Problem Solver Convention” in Manchester.
Speaking with reporters minutes before taking the stage, NH1 News asked Trump about his “good friend” Tyler’s cease and desist order.
“Well he is, and actually that’s all worked out,” Trump responded.
Minutes later the song played.
Trump was one of eight presidential candidates speaking at the convention put on by No Labels, a group of Democrats, Republicans, and independents hoping to bring more bipartisanship to the nation’s capital.
In his opening comments to the audience Trump trumpeted his poll numbers, saying “somebody said ‘Why do you talk about the polls’, because I’m winning. They say ‘nobody else every talks about the polls,’ that’s because they do lousy in the polls.”
But he got his biggest applause when he highlighted his anti-Washington and anti-politician message, saying “I think people are fed up with incompetent politicians who don’t get things done.”
Trump took some pointed questions from the crowd. One woman asked “I wonder if you’re concerned if some of the abusive language used on the campaign trail undermines your ability to solve problems.”
As the audience applauded her question, Trump responded that “I don’t want to necessarily be politically correct all the way down the line.”
A young woman, standing directly behind Trump, told the candidate that “I don’t think you’re a friend to women.”
Trump responded by saying “I respect women, I love women, I cherish women.”
But he was booed by some in the audience when defending tea party activists, he said “we’ll they don’t want planned parenthood funded and I think a lot of people understand that including me, they don’t want to fund it. I mean I understand that.”
Trump’s time on the stage was briefly interrupted by peace activist Rod Webber, who is known as “flower boy.” Webber, who had a run in with the candidate at a Trump rally in Rochester last month, started yelling as he tried to ask a question, and was eventually dragged out of the convention by Manchester police.
Trump spoke at No Labels the morning after President Barack Obama, in an interview on 60 Minutes, called Trump a “publicity seeker.”
Asked by NH1 News about Obama’s comments, Trump said “I thought he did terribly last night on 60 Minutes. I was on 60 Minutes the week before. I did not think he did a good job. I think that our country has nothing but problems and therefore nothing but negative. It was all negative last night on 60 Minutes, because we don’t have victories anymore.”
Trump was also the Sunday talk shows, saying that “sometimes” he carries a gun.
Asked by NH1 News if, in the wake of the recent shootings at a community college in Oregon if he supports increased gun control efforts like increased background checks or closing loops holes, Trump said “It’s mental health. It’s a mental health issue. It’s not gun issue. It’s a mental health issue and that’s where we have to focus. And frankly, and I’ve said it, if they had guns, if the teacher had a gun and knew how to use it in that classroom, you would have had a lot better situation than it turned out in Oregon.”
The No Labels convention was held one day before the first Democratic presidential debate. Asked about that showdown, Trump said “I think it’s not going to be highly rated. I think it’s going to be you’re going to watch it for ten or fifteen minutes, get bored and turn it off.”
Asked by NH1 News if he’ll be watching, Trump answered “I’m going to be watching it. I don’t know how long. It’s going to be hard to watch. It’s not going to be a very exciting debate.”
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