Russian President Vladimir Putin on Donald Trump

The Russian leader weighs in on America's race for president, calling Donald Trump "colorful" and "talented."
3:27 | 12/18/15

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Now to the race for 2016 tonight. Donald Trump with a rare acknowledgement, telling jimmy Kimmel he has been, quote, late bit divisive. And this evening, getting a vote of confidence from an unlikely source. Russian president Vladimir Putin, calling trump colorful, talented, and late today, trump responding. ABC's Cecilia Vega on the campaign trail again tonight. Reporter: As his rivals battle on the campaign trail, Donald Trump basking in the bright lights of late night TV. Did you decide you were going to be nicer? You know what, I would like to see the republican party come together, and I've been a little bit divisive, in the sense that I've been hitting people pretty hard. A little bit, yeah. Reporter: Jimmy Kimmel even unveiling a trump-themed children's book, "Winners aren't losers." There are two kds of people. Which one will you be? A loser like them? Would you like to finish? Or a winner -- Like me. Reporter: And today, trump getting unexpected and resounding praise from Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump. Reporter: Putin calling trump a talented, very colorful person, and the absolute leader of the presidential race. Trump's response? "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond." But while trump is riding high, a tough day for his chief rival, Ted Cruz. Marcio Rubio saying Cruz once supported legalizing undocumented immigrants. He's not told the truth about his position in the past on legalization. Reporter: On Fox News, Cruz stumbling after being shown his own words from 2013. I don't want immigration reform to fail. I want immigration reform to pass. It sounded like you wanted the bill to pass. Of course I wanted the bill to pass. My amendment to pass. You said the bill. What my amendment did was take citizenship off the table. What it doesn't mean, that I supported the other aspects of the bill, which was a terrible bill. Reporter: Tonight, Cruz doubling down. I oppose legalization for illegal aliens. I always have and I always will. Reporter: The Texas senator fighting for those Donald Trump voters. But fighting against trum M P on the other side of the aisle? Hillary Clinton sending a personal plea to the trump-loving father of this young woman. Hi SHAWN, I'm here with your daughter and I hope you can see I don't have horns and I really do hope that as this election goes on you'll listen to your daughter. Thanks. Bye. We'll see how that plea is received. Cecilia is live in New Hampshire tonight, where ABC news will host that debate between Hillary Clinton, Bernie sanders and governor O'Malley on Saturday. And Lia, senator sanders marking a milestone today, more than 2 million donations to his campaign and many of them very small. Reporter: That's right, David. In increments of $30 or less. They are coming in. And since Wednesday alone, he's raised more than $1 million. Big Numbers for sanders. 800,000 donors so far. But the big show happens right here behind me. You can see the stage getting ready. We will see you soon here in new Hampshire. Can't wait to see you. Can't wait to see you, too. The stage looking pretty good there. And we hope everyone at home will join us this Saturday night when Martha Raddatz and I moderate the New Hampshire democratic debate, 8:00 P.M. Eastern, 7:00 central, right here on ABC.

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