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Jan 18, 2016 5:27 PM

With soaring poll numbers, Trump says he wishes 'today was election day' in NH

NH1 News Political Pulse

CONCORD - Soaring in the New Hampshire primary polls, Republican front-runner Donald Trump told a rally crowd, "I wish the election were today."

"You know you can do this in some countries; I wish the election were today,’’ Trump said.

The New York billionaire businessman took questions, one of the few times he has since he’s campaigned two dozen days in the first-in-the-nation primary.

And for the first time here he introduced on stage his daughter Ivanka, a savvy businesswoman in her own right who’s pregnant with her third child due this spring.

Trump stressed he’s spent far less of his own money than he had expected to by now adding he’s "$37 million under budget" and unlike Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Jeb Bush he’s not beholden to lobbyists and special interests bankrolling their campaigns.

"That’s what happens; believe me, that’s what happens,’’ Trump said. "They are like puppets."

Trump says he’s surprised how much more voters here talk about their children getting hooked on drugs more than any other place he’s campaigned in the country.

"We are going to work like hell to get them unhooked," Trump vowed.

Later this week, Trump said he will announce several endorsements including "one very big one" and joked that with his popularity he doesn’t have to do the asking any more.

"All of a sudden everyone wants to endorse," Trump said.

Finally, Trump insisted the establishment wing of the party is not going to get its wish in this nomination fight.

"Establishment is not working; it’s not going to take us to the promised land, I can tell you that," Trump added.

Political Director Paul Steinhauser anchored Trump’s remarks brought to you live on NH1 News this afternoon. Anchor Celine McArthur spoke with many Trump supporters inside and outside Concord High School about the cultural icon Trump has become.

Earlier Monday, Trump gave the convocation address at Liberty University, quoted a biblical verse and won applause after school president Jerry Falwell Jr. said Trump reminded him of his father.

But Trump also drew chuckles from students when he introduced the verse as coming from "Two Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians."

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