Transcript for Donald Trump Addresses GOP Debate Strategies and His Competitors
Joining us by phone Donald Trump live. Mr. Trump, thanks for joining us this morning. We heard Jon Karl say your two big attackers are out but you're leading the polls. Jeb bush calls you the front-runner, does that mean you're the target tomorrow night and what are you going to do about it. I probably am the target and only those who attacked me viciously went down stub sanctionly. Lindsey graham went down to zero so the voters were fantastic but they did certainly go down. Jeb bush said you're preying on people's fear and angst. That's what he suggested yesterday. Is that what you're doing and what's your response to Mr. Bush. No, not at all. Our country is in trouble. Politicians have driven us into the ground that they don't know what they're doing. Certainly good at getting elected and after they get elected they don't do anything. They're all talk, no action and time we do something bit. We want to make America great again. That's my theme. Make America great again and the word again is a very important word because now we're second to China. We're going down further. We're 25th in the world in education. Look at education, we have third world nations that do better than we do and yet we spend far more per student than any other country in the world which is going down in so many ways. I was proud to bring up the illegal immigration and took a lot of heat the first week and now everybody is saying I was right and they're apologizing to me and it's become a major point which I'm very proud of. It's a disaster for our country. Jeb bush also said there that he still believes, though, that people are crossing the border out of acts of love. Well, when you talk about acts of love, that's the problem we have. Crossing the border, acts of love. Kate, beautiful Kate in San Francisco was killed by somebody that came over five times. Jameel, wonderful young man killed maybe going to Stanford, great football player, great parents, I met his father, such a great man, he was shot to death point-blank. So many, I mean, this is just -- so many and, you know, I've brought that issue to the forefront and I'm so proud of it because it is a huge problem. Not to mention the crime coming across, the drugs coming across and when the drugs come across, George, the money goes back into Mexico. We have a problem. You've been raising a lot of issues for a long time and one of the things that could come up tomorrow night in the past you've had a lot of positions that seem to be aligned with the democrats on health care, pro choice on abortion. Pro gun control and describe yourself as socially quite liberal. If that charge comes up tomorrow night that you're a flip-flopper, how do you respond? You know, I have no problem with it. I've evolved like a lot of other people. Ronald Reagan evolved. He was a democrat and became a republican and was liberal as a young man and became a republican and did very well. I have great respect for him. I helped him. I knew him. He liked me and I liked hip. We evolve and everybody on that stage has changed position on different things but I've always been tough on very important issues and issues like as an example the border, the military, the vets. Nobody is going to take care of the vets like I am. The politicians, you mentioned McCain, the politicians in Washington have let the vets down. They've never had longer waits than they had as of last Wednesday. They measured it last Wednesday. The waits for the vets waiting for doctors is the longest that they've ever had. I will take care of our vets and I will take care of our military. We will be so strong that people will not mess with us. Just about out of time. What's a win tomorrow night? I don't know. I can't answer the question. I don't want to attack anybody and maybe I'll be attacked and maybe not. I'd rather just discuss the issues but, you know, certainly I don't want to attack. If I'm attacked I have to, you know, do something back but I'd like it to be very civil. We will be watching, Donald Trump, thanks very much. Thank you very much. We will see if it's civil, indeed.
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