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The Latest: Trump says 'I don't care' about Iowa dispute
Feb. 05, 2016
DERRY, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):
Donald Trump says the dispute over Iowa's caucus results, in which he finished second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is yesterday's news and he's more focused on the next race.
Trump, who on Wednesday was accusing Cruz of election fraud and calling for an Iowa do-over, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he's so focused on the Feb. 9 contest in New Hampshire that "I don't care about that anymore."
Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday that "based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified."
Bernie Sanders is ending the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary with an anti-establishment declaration.
Sanders says in his closing statement that he is running for president because "it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics."
He is calling for a political revolution "where millions of people stand up and say loudly" that government is for all Americans and not just for a handful of wealthy campaign contributors.
Hillary Clinton says she hopes New Hampshire voters bring both their hearts and heads with them when they vote in the state primary Tuesday.
Clinton said in her closing statement in Thursday's debate that she doesn't want voters to choose between the candidate they support emotionally and the one they back intellectually.
Clinton says she will bring her heart to the presidency, but "we have to get our heads together" to solve problems facing the country. She says those include fighting racism and sexism, addressing gay rights and combating income inequality.
Hillary Clinton is promising a "top-to-bottom review" of the government, vowing to "get rid of what doesn't work."
But she said during the Democratic presidential debate that she has no intention of eliminating entire government agencies, as some Republican presidential candidates are promising.
The key to making the government function better, Clinton says, is to allow voters to weigh in.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked to make a choice between immigration, gun control and climate change as their top priority. They didn't want to narrow it down.
Clinton says she wants to work on an "ambitious, bold agenda" that includes putting half a billion solar panels around the country, improving the health care law, moving forward on paid family leave and improving education.
Sanders says campaign finance reform needs to be a top priority for the next president and is vowing to demand that any nominee to the Supreme Court be willing to overturn the Citizens United ruling.
He says he wants to make changes to health care and the "broken criminal justice system."
Hillary Clinton is once again being questioned on her delayed opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Clinton said during Thursday's Democratic debate that she wanted to give President Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and hoped the final version of the trade deal would put her concerns to rest.
She says America must trade with the rest of the world but notes that the U.S. "failed to provide the basic safety-net support" for American workers.
Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, says he believes in trade, but not any existing U.S. trade deals.
Sander says he not only opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada — he protested against it.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders say Michigan's government has responded inadequately to the lead contamination crisis in Flint, and the federal government should get involved.
Clinton said in Thursday's presidential debate in New Hampshire that the federal government needs to hold Michigan responsible, while also finding ways to remedy the "terrible burden" that people in Flint are facing, such as helping to pay for health care costs. She said she plans to visit Flint on Sunday.
Sanders renewed his call for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign, saying there are "children being poisoned."
He suggested that the crisis would have been addressed differently if it had happened in a white suburban community.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are stressing their differences on the death penalty.
Clinton said at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate that she supports a federal death penalty, as long as it is reserved for "particularly heinous crimes."
She adds that she has concerns about many state judicial systems. She says they do not provide defendants with proper counsel and fail to enforce high standards for evidence. That makes the application of the death penalty uneven and unfair, she says.
Sanders says he agrees that some criminals commit "barbaric acts." But, he says, "In a world of so much violence and killing, I just don't believe that government itself should be part of the killing."
Self-described "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders says he can win a general election by exciting young people, the middle class and working-class people and driving up voter turnout.
The Vermont senator says in Thursday's presidential debate that the rise in turnout will help Democrats keep the White House, gain seats in Congress and win governors' races.
Sanders says, "Democrats win when there is a large voter turnout, when people are excited."
He says Republicans win office when voters are "demoralized" and turnout is low.
Hillary Clinton argues that she is the strongest candidate to take on the Republicans, and she hopes to persuade young people currently backing Sanders to come over to her side.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is arguing that concerns over the integrity of the Iowa caucus count are overblown.
Asked at Thursday's Democratic debate in New Hampshire whether questions about the caucuses are still unresolved, Sanders noted the Iowa contest "is not like a winner-take-all thing" and urged the media not to blow the issue out of proportion.
The Des Moines Register has labeled the election a "debacle" because of accounts of confusion and errors. The paper is calling for an audit of the results.
Sanders says his team believes they may be entitled to at least two additional delegates, but he says, "No matter how it's recounted, it will break roughly even."
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are tangling over whether the United States should restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
Clinton says Sanders is wrong to support normalizing relations with a state sponsor of terrorism that she says is "destabilizing the region."
Clinton says if the next administration normalized relations immediately, the U.S. would remove one of the biggest pieces of leverage it has. She says "you have to get action for action."
Sanders says he never said the U.S. should normalize relations with Iran "tomorrow" but should try to "move forward." He points out that Clinton once called then-Sen. Barack Obama "naive" for wanting to talk to the nation's enemies.
Bernie Sanders is dismissing Defense Secretary Ash Carter's assessment that Russia now poses a graver national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation.
Asked to rank North Korea, Iran and Russia, Sanders is choosing North Korea as the biggest threat.
He calls the East Asian nation "an isolated, paranoid country with atomic bombs."
That makes them more dangerous, he says, than Russia or China.
Still, Sanders says he disapproves of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "military adventurism" in his region.
Bernie Sanders says the United States can't be the policeman of the world.
The independent Vermont senator was asked during Thursday's Democratic debate to outline how he would approach foreign policy as president. He says "we cannot continue to do it alone. We need to work in coalition."
But Hillary Clinton says the way they approach foreign policy is "a big part of the job interview with voters." She says her experience as a former secretary of state sets her apart from Sanders. She says, "I know from my own experience, you've got to be ready on Day One."
Sanders says it is "not arguable" that Clinton has more experience in foreign policy issues, but voters must also assess the judgment of the candidates.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree that they do not want to see large numbers of American ground troops return to the Middle East.
Debating Thursday in the first one-on-one Democratic debate, the two describe the U.S. role as providing assistance, through supplies, weapons and special forces — but not a massive ground force.
Clinton says sending ground troops "is off the table."
Sanders says his goal would be keeping the U.S. from getting "sucked into never-ending perpetual warfare within the quagmire of Syria and Iraq."
He adds, "It must be Muslim troops on the ground that will destroy" the Islamic State group.
Hillary Clinton dodged a request to release transcripts of her paid speeches.
Clinton was asked during Thursday's presidential debate in New Hampshire whether she would release the transcripts of speeches she's been paid to give to Wall Street firms.
She says: "I'll look into it. I don't know the status, but I will certainly look into it."
On Wednesday, Clinton struggled when asked why she accepted $675,000 for three speeches from investment firm Goldman Sachs.
Her rival Bernie Sanders calls Wall Street "an entity of unbelievable economic and political power." He says "the business model of Wall Street is fraud."
Bernie Sanders says even though he's been critical of corporate America, he could work with corporations if he was elected to the White House.
Sanders reiterated his disgust that some large multinational corporations like General Electric and Boeing have avoided paying U.S. taxes. He says if he's elected president, companies like that "are going to pay their fair share of taxes."
He says that while some companies are good corporate citizens, "there are many corporations who have turned their backs on the American worker." He says he will do his best to "transform our trade policy" and take on companies that try to invest in low-income economies to make higher profits.
Hillary Clinton says she could have done a better job "explaining my record" to voters who distrust her ties to Wall Street.
Speaking at Thursday's Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Clinton says she warned Wall Street firms before the 2008 crash that their speculative practices could hurt the economy.
She emphasized that her vow to take on the financial sector has industry titans nervous enough to bankroll attacks against her campaign.
She says: "I have a record. I have stood firm, and I will be the person who prevents them from ever wrecking the economy again."
Bernie Sanders is standing by his assertion that Clinton has disconcerting ties to Wall Street, and says he is better positioned to regulate the sector to protect average Americans.
Bernie Sanders says he considered using the public financing system for presidential elections but concluded it was too antiquated and would be "a disaster."
Sanders was asked why he didn't use the government's public campaign finance system as a way to curb the role of big money in politics. He says he could have had a super PAC but says he doesn't represent "corporate America or billionaires."
Sanders says he went with a second option — raising money from average Americans. It has turned out well for him: Sanders has received 3.5 million individual contributions averaging $27 apiece. The Vermont senator raked in $20 million in January, mostly online.
Hillary Clinton is telling Bernie Sanders "enough is enough."
Clashing at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, Sanders said he is running a "transformational campaign" funded by individual supporters and not big-money interests like those who have formed a super PAC to back Clinton.
The former secretary of state is lashing back, saying Sanders is misrepresenting her record in a manner that not "worthy of you. Enough is enough."
Clinton says Sanders has been orchestrating a "very artful smear" against her. She says they should instead be talking about issues affecting the American people.
Clinton says Democrats need to be united to take on problems facing the country. She says she has a better track record and opportunity to get the job done than Sanders does.
Bernie Sanders says his liberal vision is worthy of the Democratic Party nomination even if he's spent his political career as an independent.
At the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire Thursday, Sanders is stressing that he has always caucused with Democrats in the Senate.
He confirms he "would like to see changes in the Democratic Party" to make it friendlier to working people.
His rival Hillary Clinton is responding by noting that many elected Democrats in Sanders' home state of Vermont have endorsed her.
Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders is making an "unfair" accusation when he suggests she's not a progressive.
Clinton also says Sanders' definition of who is a progressive Democrat would leave out President Barack Obama and other party leaders.
Clinton and Sanders have been squabbling this week over whether the former secretary of state is a liberal Democrat. Sanders has cited Clinton's previous statements that she's a moderate, saying she can't be both.
Sanders says he does believe Obama is a liberal, despite his support for a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade pact that Sanders has called "disastrous."
Hillary Clinton is taking aim at the costs of Bernie Sanders' proposals, saying at Thursday's Democratic debate that his numbers "just don't add up."
She says she doesn't want to "plunge" the nation into another contentious debate over health care and thinks college should be affordable, not free.
Sanders says there's no reason the United States can't make health care a right for people, not a privilege, and says Wall Street should pay to cut the costs of college.
Sanders says the "middle class bailed out Wall Street in their time of need, now it is time for Wall Street to help the middle class."
He adds that the notion that he would "dismantle" President Barack Obama's health care law is inaccurate.
Hillary Clinton is attacking her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders in her opening statement of their first one-on-one debate.
Clinton said Thursday in the New Hampshire debate that she is "not making promises that I cannot keep."
She addressed Sanders' campaign promise to provide universal health care for all and free college tuition.
Clinton is also acknowledging that "the economy has not been working for most Americans." She also says special interests are doing too much to "rig the game."
Bernie Sanders is using his opening statement in Thursday's Democratic debate to stress his vow to overhaul American politics and the economy.
"The economy is rigged," he says. He adds that a "corrupt campaign finance system" is "undermining American democracy."
The first one-on-one debate between Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is underway in New Hampshire.
The two took the stage in the MSNBC-hosted debate Thursday night with just days to go until the first-in-the-nation primary.
The two faced off in the leadoff Iowa caucuses Monday, with Clinton grabbing a razor-thin victory. Sanders appears to be leading in New Hampshire preference polls.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush says her son, Jeb, is "decent and honest, and everything we need in a president."
She spoke Thursday night before a crowded town hall at a local school in Derry, N.H., receiving a standing ovation when she was introduced by former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg.
Before speaking of her son, she heaped praise Gregg and his state, saying the Bush family shares the "values and beliefs" of the people of New Hampshire.
Barbara Bush took a shot at Donald Trump, without saying his name, noting her son "is not a bragger. We don't allow that."
Jeb Bush noted his mother's popularity, joking he had not seen such a large crowed at his previous town halls.
Bush could use the boost from his mother because his campaign is struggling in New Hampshire. He says he hopes voters "reset" the race and give him some momentum before the Republican contest shifts to South Carolina.
Donald Trump is imploring his New Hampshire supporters to leave nothing to chance on primary day.
He's telling a crowd in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to head to polls Feb. 9, "no matter where you are, no matter how you feel."
Trump continues to dominate polls in the first primary state, but is showing clear signs of anger about his second place finish in the Iowa caucuses. He's telling voters not to assume a Trump victory in New Hampshire will be a sure thing.
He says he wants to come out of New Hampshire's primary with a "mandate."
Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is criticizing rival Bernie Sanders for what it argues are misleading campaign advertisements.
The ads suggest the Vermont senator received the endorsement of two newspapers that have not backed his bid for the White House.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook tells The Associated Press that the Sanders campaign "very clearly" isn't living up to the standards set by Sanders to be a candidate who "always tells the truth."
The critique comes just hours before the two candidates will meet for their first one-on-one debate.
Sanders said the ads are not misleading and that he never claimed to get endorsements he did not receive.
He said on Wednesday the ads used "the actual words that those newspapers said. Somebody says something nice about you, you say it."
Chris Christie says Republican primary voters in New Hampshire "should be concerned" about presidential rival Marco Rubio's position on abortion, suggesting he is out of step with the state's GOP electorate.
Christie is betting his White House hopes on the Feb. 9 primary. He's trying to slow any momentum Rubio gained from his third-place finish in this week's Iowa caucuses and sway undecided voters his way in the closing days of the primary campaign.
Christie argued Thursday that Rubio supports banning all abortions, including in cases of "rape, incest or life of the mother." Appearing on NBC, he added, "I think that's the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would really be concerned about."
Rubio backs an exception for abortion when the life of the mother is in danger, and would support legislation with allowances for cases of rape and incest — even though he says he personally doesn't support those exceptions.
Donald Trump is telling New Hampshire police officers they won't need to be afraid of losing their jobs if he's elected president.
The Republican presidential candidate paid a visit to police headquarters in Manchester Thursday afternoon.
He tells several dozen officers, "You're not recognized properly. You will be recognized properly if I win."
He says they won't need to be as fearful of he wins.
"Remember that," he tells them. "You know what you're going through. You know you speak a little bit rough to somebody and all of a sudden you end up fighting for your job. Not going to happen anymore."
He was introduced by Police Chief Nick Willard, who says that he's concerned about the "national narrative" on law enforcement.
Trump also left his mark on the building.
As he was walking into the headquarters building, he scrawled his name in market on an exterior brick wall.
Jeb Bush's South Carolina director says the presidential candidate may finally appear on the campaign trail alongside his brother, former President George W. Bush.
Brett Doster says "George W. Bush is the most popular Republican alive" and that the GOP in South Carolina is "eager" for the visit.
South Carolina holds a Feb. 20 primary, 11 days after New Hampshire. Jeb Bush has a large organization in the state, which gave his father and brother hard-fought primary victories on their paths to the 1988 and 2000 nominations, respectively.
Doster says plans are not final, but notes that George W. Bush is popular among a cross-section of important South Carolina GOP groups, from evangelical Christians to the military community and large veterans presence.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he expects to continue his presidential campaign until, "Cleveland," an apparent reference to the Republican National Convention this summer.
He tells Fox News Channel that that he had planned on paring down his campaign after a review a few months ago found irregularities and inefficiencies.
A Carson spokesman said earlier that the campaign had laid off staffers, though he declined to say how many.
The retired neurosurgeon is finally heading to New Hampshire on Thursday evening after finishing fourth in the Iowa caucus.
Spokesman Larry Ross says Carson will be in New Hampshire through at least Sunday. The primary is Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton's campaign says it raised $15 million for her primary campaign and an additional $5 million for the national and state parties last month.
Campaign Manager Robby Mook said in a statement that 95 percent of the donations came in increments of $100 or less. And that more than 670,000 people have contributed to Clinton's presidential campaign.
The statement of financial strength comes as Clinton battles Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary after barely winning the Iowa caucuses on Monday. Sanders is heavily favored in the Granite State contest on Feb. 9 and raised $20 million last month.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is downsizing his campaign staff amid following his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, a spokesman confirms.
Larry Ross gave no details on how many staffers are being laid off or how many will remain, but said the personnel cuts "were made to wisely and prudently position the campaign for the coming months."
Carson last month accepted the resignation of his finance chairman, Dean Parker, who had been criticized for his spending on salaries and consultants.
Carson's campaign paid about two dozen staffers during the last three months of 2015, newly released campaign finance records show. Those salaries totaled about $250,000, among the lower end of what campaigns had spent on payroll in recent months.
Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore wants in on Saturday's upcoming Republican debate.
He writes Thursday to ABC News that if the network modifies any requirements to appear in its coming debate, he should be included, too.
ABC has announced that those allowed on stage will be the top vote-getters in an average of polls, as well as the top three finishers in the Iowa caucus.
Earlier this week, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina wrote to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus saying that, now that the field has winnowed, she should be allowed to debate with the front-runners.
Fiorina recently appeared in an undercard debate with candidates who didn't make the polling cut off, but there is no such stage set for Saturday.
Gilmore also debated on the undercard stage at last week's debate, his first such appearance since August.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a decisive response to a town hall attendee who suggested immigrants living in the country illegally are the backbone of the country.
"I don't think so, darling," he says in response.
Trump is taking questions at the historic Exeter Town Hall building in Exeter, New Hampshire, where his supporters are packed in like sardines.
The young woman asking the question said that people working in the country illegally "do work that no one else wants to do and for a lot less."
But Trump interjected.
"Who told you to be here? Bernie?" he asks, accusing the woman of being a plant for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
He says, "You know what the backbone of our country is? People that came here and they came here legally ... and they worked their asses off."
And now, an analysis of the 2016 presidential race from an expert.
Former President Jimmy Carter says Donald Trump is more "malleable" than Ted Cruz and as such might prove to be a more effective candidate over time. He adds that Hillary Clinton is likely to prevail over Bernie Sanders even though she faces a tough battle in New Hampshire.
Carter spoke Wednesday in Britain's House of Lords, where he was supposed to talk about his impressive campaign against Guinea worm disease. But asked about the presidential race across the pond, Carter declined to predict the outcome of the primaries in either party, or to guess the winner in the general election. He made clear he would be backing the Democratic candidate.
The 91-year-old, who told the group his last medical report was favorable, received a standing ovation.
Chris Christie is laughing off suggestions that John Kasich is running a positive campaign and saying the Ohio governor's sunny-side-of-the-street routine amounts to a "face lift."
Christie is telling reporters that Kasich is someone who's been known to speak his mind. He says he's never heard other governors refer to Kasich as "the prince of sunshine and light," mocking Kasich's own comments recently that he is the prince of light.
Kasich, who can be a prickly personality, says he won't run a negative campaign. But the super PAC backing his candidacy is launching a new ad showing people covered in mud, meant to represent Kasich's rivals. The ad hits Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio for "going negative."
It says, "doing whatever it takes to win is not presidential."
Republican Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has raised $3 million since winning the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.
That's according to Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe, who tweeted out the new fundraising numbers on Thursday.
Roe says the Cruz campaign has raised $10 million overall since the beginning of the year. That includes 182,000 individual contributions averaging $55 each.
Cruz was enjoying a big fundraising advantage over his Republican rivals even before the new numbers were released.
His campaign closed the year with almost $18.7 million in the bank. That was roughly as much as Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie combined.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is criticizing ABC News for its decision not to let Carly Fiorina on the debate state Saturday night.
Ayotte, New Hampshire's top Republican elected official, says the decision "undermines" the state's role in the primary process.
Ayotte is facing a tough re-election battle against popular Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and has not endorsed a candidate in the GOP race for president.
Marco Rubio can't avoid joking about the heeled boots he wore in New Hampshire this month, especially when he's visiting a manufacturer known for its boots.
Rubio is talking to about 200 employees of Timberland corporate headquarters in New Hampshire, and acknowledging the boots were by another manufacturer, Florsheim.
He says: "Here's the good news though. After I wore those shoes, the Florsheim website ran out of the shoe. It was kind of my own personal stimulus package."
"So, if you've got any with high heels let me know so I can promote the sales."
Bernie Sanders is receiving the endorsement of Dick Harpootlian, South Carolina's former state Democratic party chair, in his bid for the White House.
Harpootlian told The Associated Press on Thursday that he feels the Vermont senator is best positioned to bring needed change to the country and connects well with issues important to young people, like wages and insurance.
Harpootlian, who supported then-Sen. Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 election, has known the Clintons for years but says he endorses based on his "gut" feeling, which he had for Obama.
Harpootlian says he was prepared to sit this cycle out after Vice President Joe Biden opted not to run and would have quietly made a donation to Clinton if she won the nomination. But the trial lawyer says Sanders is "cut from the same cloth" as Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is working to court Rand Paul supporters, despite their different approaches to issues like nation security.
At a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Thursday, Rubio is telling would-be Paul voters that he shares the Kentucky senator's views on how to prosecute drug crimes and address problems in the criminal justice system.
Paul suspended his campaign Wednesday. Rubio says he'd seek his endorsement, despite Paul's call for limited U.S. military engagement overseas.
Rubio hopes that his strong third place finish in Monday's Iowa caucuses will provide the momentum needed to do well in the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his Republican presidential rival Marco Rubio isn't qualified to be president and is vowing to continue his campaign regardless of the outcome of the New Hampshire primary.
"He just doesn't have any experience," Christie said Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America.
Christie argues that the 44-year old Florida senator is too young to serve, and his experience as a Senator leaves him ill-equipped to beat Hillary Clinton, should she win the Democratic nomination.
Christie also dismisses preference polls ahead of New Hampshire's Feb. 9 primary, saying the results from this week's Iowa caucuses were not in line with some of the polls.