Presidential candidate Donald Trump received a rousing welcome in Derry, N.H., Thursday night, speaking to a standing room only crowd.
The billionaire candidate took the stage in front of over 2,000 people for his first town hall meeting of the campaign, announcing to the rowdy crowd that the “silent majority is back!”
Trump said the reception his candidacy has been receiving nationwide has been incredible. He pointed to a pep rally that will be held in Mobile, Ala., Friday night. His campaign first planned to meet in a room with a 1,000 person capacity, then considered one with a 2,000 person capacity, then looked at the convention center, which could hold 10,000, but ultimately (based on RSVPs) had to opt for a football stadium, where they are expecting between 30,000 to 40,000 people.
Trump told the New Hampshire crowd the big difference between himself and the other candidates is that they are politicians and he is not.
As far as funding his campaign goes, the billionaire said, “I don’t need anybody’s money. I don’t want anybody’s money.” He did, however, mention some touching stories of those who have contributed small amounts, like a woman in her 80s who sent in a little over $7. He told the audience he recognizes that individual donations represent a buy-in to his candidacy, so he is accepting them.
Trump mentioned that his Republican rivals Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker all plan to spend “a lot of money” in negative ads against him. Fox Business reported earlier this week that Walker and Rubio are raising money explicitly for that purpose. As reported by Western Journalism, Sen. Rand Paul was the first of the Republican candidates to go on air with an ad attacking Trump.
Trump singled out Bush, who had raised over $114 million as of June 30, for some special attention. He noted the former Florida governor was holding a competing town hall meeting (with between 100-200 people in attendance) very close to their location Thursday night. “You know what’s happening to Jeb’s crowd…right down the street? They’re sleeping!” Trump joked.
Trump believes Bush’s candidacy is “going down like a rock” in New Hampshire because of his views on the Iraq War, Common Core, and immigration. “I don’t see how he’s electable,” the candidate said.
Bush countered Trump at his rally, saying the real estate mogul does not have “a proven conservative record,” citing his past support for a single-payer healthcare system and Democratic candidates.
A Boston Herald poll published last week has Trump leading in New Hampshire with 18 percent, while Bush has 13 percent. Most recent polling also shows Trump topping Bush in the former governor’s home state of Florida: 21 to 17 percent.
I want to do something so special. As well as I’ve done in business and all of that, this is so much more important, what I’m doing now.
Our country is falling apart.
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