Huckabee, Santorum go to Trump’s event after debate

s seven other Republican presidential candidates debated nearby, Donald Trump stuck to his pledge Thursday night to hold a separate event benefiting veterans.

Trump hastily arranged the event, which he said raised $5 million, after withdrawing from the debate. “I didn’t want to be here, I have to be honest,” Trump said at the top of the event. “When you’re treated badly you have to stick up for your rights,” he said.

“They (Fox) called a few minutes ago,” he said. “By now they’re all tuned in,” he said of the other networks shifting from the debate. “We have more cameras than they do by quite a bit.”

The packed theater at Drake University was dotted with veteran T-shirts, leather jackets and both older and younger men in wheelchairs in the audience.

Trump acknowledged the move was a political gamble just days before Iowans caucus. “Who the hell cares,” said Trump, who gave $1 million and said the funds raised are worth it.

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