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In N.H., Trump Pats Own Back for Skipping Iowa Debate

Allegra Boverman for NHPR
Trump at his rally in Nashua Friday

Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire Friday. The GOP front-runner congratulated himself for skipping the GOP debate in Iowa and went after Republican rival Ted Cruz. 

Trump told a capacity crowd at a hotel ballroom that "in theory" he would have rather done the debate because he's leading, but believes his decision paid off.

"I took a chance and we did something, and I don't know the end result. I heard went we up but we did the right thing. We did the right thing because we did something great for veterans."

Supporters hold up a Trump bumper sticker at his campaign event in Nashua Friday.

  Trump also derided Ted Cruz, who's seen as Trump's top competitor in Iowa. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother. 

"Ted Cruz might not be a US citizen. Right? But he's an anchor baby, he's an anchor baby in Canada."

Trump returns to New Hampshire after the caucuses. He will campaign in New Hampshire three days next week, but also make trips to Arkansas and South Carolina.

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