Wednesday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump went after his rival Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for ads Paul’s campaign is running that show Trump praising liberal political positions and Hillary Clinton.
Host Jake Tapper asked, “I wanted to give you an opportunity to respond to Rand Paul’s ad, your words praising Hillary Clinton — this is more than ten years ago, but how you identify more as a Democrat?”
Trump answered, “Sure, if you look at Hillary Clinton, I contribute to everybody. I was a world-class businessman, built a net worth of more more than $10 billion, and I contributed to everybody.”
He continued, “Frankly, the people in the Tea Party who I love so much and they seems to like me so much, everybody understands that. I have to go for whatever it is. If I did not — I’m not saying this is a good thing for the country, Jake, but if I go in for a meeting and I let’s say stuff somebody, as the expression goes, when they come up to my office all of a sudden, they don’t get treatment. So I don’t think it’s a great thing for the United States. I’m not sure the system should work that way, but as a businessman, I did what other businessmen did, and I contributed to everybody. Everybody liked me. Everybody took my call and I got what I wanted. If I go back in two years, three years, four years, they remember that. That’s important. As far as other elements are concerned of, you know, what you’re saying, it’s all old stuff, all old hat, and I think that’s been well vetted.”
“You know you look at a guy like Rand Paul–he is failing in the polls, he’s weak on the military, pathetic on military. He calls me a year ago, oh, let’s play golf, can we go and play golf? I ended up playing golf with him probably seven, eight months ago. He couldn’t have been nicer, he wanted my support, he wanted to know if I would contribute to his doctor situation, which is very good, where he helps children with the eyes. I actually think he’s a far better doctor than a senator. And, you know, it’s — I mean, it’s fine, they’re trying to do a bit of a number. The last two people that did it were Lindsey Graham. He came at me really hard and he’s right now at zero, and Rick Perry was at 4%, he came at me really hard, and he went down to two, which was actually a great honor. And look, Rand’s campaign is failing. Hasn’t his whole team been indicted? I’ve been reading where.”
Jake Tapper cut in saying, “That is the SuperPAC supporting him?”
Trump added, “Yeah, they’ve been indicted, so he’s a mess, there is no question about it.”
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