>> i did. i actually thought it was going to be much tougher than it was. i thought they'd come at me a little bit stronger. i actually enjoyed the debate. the result was pretty good. so i'm happy about that. >> the number i saw was 69% on that poll. which was pretty con sisz tent all throughout these many, many debates. one of the things that came up tonight, and i want to give you the chance to clarify this, was the issue of trump university. i talked to your attorney on my radio show. and michael said that you have documentation. that you had a 98% approval rating from the students who went to the seminars, the university. and do you feel that this has
now gotten unfair, as much as nobody's paying attention to that? >> well, we've done so many big deals, massive deals, big real estate projects. nobody ever mentions that. i do hundreds of deals and transactions. and nobody ever merngss it. it frankly, has a very good rating from students who took the coursesment did very well with the better business bur row. and we're going to win the case. maybe it will be a long time, i don't know when it's going to be. when people take something, it's a class action where they're trying to get money back. it's a simple suit. i don't like settling suits. i could have settled the case. i don't like settling cases. when you're known as a settler, what happens is everybody sues you. so i just don't settle cases. but we're going to win the case. >> i've experienced myself. i was once sued by lindsey lohan and her mother. and i said i'm not going it. i refuse to settle.
and, as a public person, that happens a lot. i don't think people realize that. but it does. let me ask you this, the issue of flexibility came up. they showed a tape of you on my show. i didn't see the night before, apparently, you were on with bill. i didn't see that night. but all throughout this campaign, when i asked you about syrian refugees, you've been very consistent in saying that you believe that they should stay there. you would support a military presence, a coalition of nations. you've supported food, medicine, walter supplies. why does that keep coming up? why do you think? >> well, i think what happens is that was the first time -- yeah, bill only asked the question for the first time. that was a new subject. the mile dwrags was very new. and bill asked me a question and i gave him an answer that seemed do be after studying it, i didn't realize they were going to bring in so many people. i talked about that tonight.
you have to have a certain amount of flexibility or you're not going to go anywhere. if you're going to have a decision, you have to be able to change that decision or you're going to be in trouble. >> after i realized they were going to bring in so many more people, i said well, in that case, i'm changing my decision. >> you know, i want to g back to -- we also learned new information. not only does the president want to take in 10,000 syrian refu e refuge refugees, but we know what happens in paris. our f.b.i. director, our envoy, our national drek tour of intelligence. all of these people have all said isis will infiltrate the refugee population. to me, isn't the president gambling with the lives of the american people if we take them in knowing that there's going to
be an infiltration? >> i think it's insane to do it. and i like the whole thing with building a safe zone and we should do that and we shroud get the gulf states to put up the money because our country was $19 trillion. we don't have any money. but i absolutely think it's ichb sane. we have no documentation. we have no idea where they're from. i think it's absolutely insane to take them in. >> i want to ask you about governor mitt romney and his speech that he gave tonight. you supported governor romney. i actually thought and believed to this day he would have been a good president. but he lost the race. and for him to come out as he did today, how did you feel about that considering you had gone to bat for him in such a big way. and he had said such good things about you just four years ago. >> he knows what a great businessman aam. i'm a much better businessman today than i was four years ago. look, mitt romney blew it. he's a joker.
he choked like a dogmented he should have won that election. he disappeared for the final month. noble knew where he was. obama, give him credit, was on jay leno. mitt romney just disappeared. he wouldn't even do your show. and your show would be a good thing to do. you complained. he won't do your show. mitt romney is a joker. and the last thing we need running for president is a joker. >> this isn't bean bawl. we call it blood sport fur a reason. i'm worried about these people in the future so they can build nuclear weapons. so the question is, as hard as you might be on some of the republican kangd dats, how hard,
how source does it get if you win the nomination with hillary. >> well, it will be very hard. i mean, she's done a termble job. i think we're going to beat her very big. look, i'm leading on four or five polls already. other than something she said four weeks ago and i think she's probably regret that she said it to me. look, i'm the only one that can beat her. i'm going to bring new york into play. i'm going to bring michigan into play. i'm going to win pennsylvania. i'm going to win ohio. i'm going to win florida. the other candidates cannot win those states. >> do you really believe you can win new york, pennsylvania and new jersey? >> i think there's a chance. >> i think there's a good chance. >> i want to ask, because, you know, i actually was var critical of marco rubio and it made news. i said senate store rubio,
donald trump had you disavowed the kkk and david duke going back to august of this year. so i wanted to play for you a tape of both mitt romney and rubio seeming to use the same language. and i have a question out of this. >> there's plenty of evidence that mr. trump is a con man, a fake. >> what you have here is a world class con artist and a sham who is praying on people's fears.
>> the party cannot have someone who refuses to condemn the ku klux klan. >> he is doing to the american voter what he did to the students at trump university. >> as i heard that, and it's the exact same language, maybe it's me and my conspiratorial thinking, but when i hear the exact same words and the exact same language, why do i think that there might be an orchestrated establishment attempt to crush you and try to crush you. do you feel that?
he's got, by far, the worst voting record that you have now. >> you had answered this question many times and it came up in the last debate was the issue of health care. now, do you want to expand on the thoughts that you now have on your detail plan that you put up? >> well, you know, we're doing the health care savings accounts. we're getting rid of the boundaries and the lines. and we're going to have competitive bidding.
>> all right, a couple of quick questions and then i'm going to let you go. every single day bait this comes up, how does mexico pay for the wall. last night, we had fox on the air. i showed him, because i've been down to the border ten, 12 times. horse back, all terrain vehicle, boats, helicopters. i've been in the drug ware hos us t. i showed the former president a massive warehouse, floor-to-ceiling drugs aimed at american children and he still can't even recognize that we have a right to protect our kids from the criminal element. i showed him video when i was there and a gang member was being arrested. i showed him tunnels that were dug from mexico to san diego. we're in a battle with him. but it's amazing that he doesn't seem to care about american kids. >> we have no battle.
let me tell you something about those drug dens. he knows about those drug dens better than you do. you can show him, but he already knows about them. it's not going to be a battle. we lose a tremendous amount of money if you look at trade with mexico. we are losing our shirts. not only at the border. let me tell you, we're going to build a wall and mexico is going to pay for the wall. whether he likes it or not. first of all, he's not president anymore. but whether he likes it or not, mexico will be paying for the >> last question. this is now the 11th debate that you've had. were you happy with the fox debate tonight? are you happy with the debate process? do you think they're becoming more competitive? do you think they've run its course or do you want to keep doing it? >> i thought that they did a very good job. i was very happy with the way i
performed chlts i think that now it's getting so repetitive, it's ridiculous. i dwesz we're saddled up with one more. i think the moderators were very, very good. i thought fox did a very good job tonight. >> what do you want to say to these young people who are here. it's going to be their country. what's the message and i'll relay it. >> i think the big message is to find something that you love doing and work really hard and be good and successful. you have to do what you love and then work really hard. never, ever give up or quit. >> that's great advice. good to see you. and let me relay it. he said find something you love to do. work really hard. never give up and fight every day. >> mr. trump. thank you for being with us. coming up tonight, peter john son, jr. all will be here.
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>> what you have here is a world class con artist and a sham. >> donald trump is a phony. a fraud. >> it is a fraud. it is a scam. >> mr. trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign. and on the ku klux klan three days in a row. >> the party of lincoln and reagan ask not have someone who refuses to condemn the ku klux klan. he is doing to the american voter what he did to the students at trump university.
>> lot of people here. last night, i said on this program that i did not think when rubio, he did not seem like the same guy that i have known these many years when he went i thought over a line considering that donald trump has disavowed the kkk by using that over and over again. it was used again by governor mitt romney. we heard it again tonight. he disavowed it. my question is, does this seem orchestrated to you? marco rubio said it was not. that he was using his own language. >> i don't know whether it's ork strated or not. but, clearly, the issue of the kkk and david duke is an appropriate question for any presidential candidate. donald trump has now answered it appropriately. bud what we see here is a bare knuckled donald trump who's probably won another debate tonight because he doesn't care about criticism.
he was bloody, but he was unbowed and undeterred. what he is doing with the 40 or 45% of the republican voters is saying bring it on. this is who i am. i want to stand up for the america that i believe in, whatever the kons kwenszs are. going forward. so it was a performance for the people who love donald trump tonight. inspite of all of the criticisms, the inconsistencies and the weaknesses on some of the policy issues. >> you were there. you're watching live. i wanted to get your impression being on the ground. >> just such a huge response. the crowd tonight was really kind of uproarous.
>> he seems to come away unscathed. >> you know, geraldo, i've always liked mit romney. i said that very thing. but it was very disappointing to see. i would like to see those attacks against hillary clinton and the democrats, especially considering so many people, you know, fought so hard for him. it's almost inexplicable to me. >> it seems to me mitt romney was the tool of the republican establishment to be the tonight.
but i think you're burying the lead. i've been around a long time. i never expected in a presidential debate for the lead topic to be whoa's johnson is bigger than the other guys. >> why do you look at that as the lead? only you would go to that as the lead story. >> it's so tip e typical. >> this is where we have descended. it was a circular firing squad. trump was the target of everyone. he had the hardest question frs the moderators, appropriately. because he ducked last time when we had the video that showed him making inconsistent statements on a regular basis. and then we have the cuban sandwich. >> between the cuban sandwich. >> let me ask you this. you were critical of his answer. i told you back in august, i told you on friday, before the
interview with jake tapper. i told you over the weekend on twitter. and social media. no, i am not wrong. i have the tape of august. this is -- all of this he said before that interview. and he was saying, disavow good enough. >> it is not a disavow. when you're talking about the kkk and david duke, you can't use words like disavow. you use words like condemn. denounce. you use words like damn. this is the kkk for goodness sake. >> of course he knows they're a hate group. >> bring some sense to this discussion. >> well, look. i mean, donald trump the brunt of all of these guns blazing at him today. he had mit romney giving this major speech. he had ted cruz, marcorubio all
coming at him. i'm not sure that this changes the tra jeblgt ri of the race. it may. because i do think that senate xx ted cruz had the strongest debate of this race so far. you saw ted cruz the champion on that stage tonight. he had a reasonable tone. he had command over the issues. i think he was strongest on national security and religious liberty. he did land some blows on donald trump. and then when he tag teamed against trump, i think he managed to stay above the frame. and i think he scored some real points here. so don't count senator cruz out of this. >> you know, i want to ask, one of the things if we can pan the crowd over here, i don't know if you have that camera available. but this is really important. in the middle of my speech tonight, i said i understand thateople are very emotional about the candidate they end up choosing. i want to ask you, will you all support the eventual winner of this race is this. >> yes.
>> officer the most part, they stood up and said they would su poort the eventual nominee. what does that mean for the party? >> it is a time for choosing for the republican party. they need to make a difficult decision about how they intend to approach theing century. and donald trump seems o be winning at this point. if that's the choice, then that's the republican party of the future. win or lose. in this particular race. i think this week is really important. people have to digest what they've heard tonight. what they've heard from romney, and understand that donald trump has a view of america that 40 or
45% and growing of republicans adopt at this point. they have to understand it going forward. >> if it's donald trump. if it's ted cruz. if it's john kaisich, if they splinter, it will pave the way for hillary clinton. america can't afford to have that. >> it's splinterred already. >> if everyone's going to pick up their toys and pout and go home, you're going to get hillary. that's not a good thing. >> exactly. >> amen. >> thank you all. ♪ save big during bass pro shops' dog days event and sale.
it won't just be $36,000 if they lose. it's our entire country that's at stake here. he's trying to con people into giving them their vote. >> let me tell you a real con artist. excuse me. excuse me. the real con artist is senator marco rubio who was elected in florida and who has the worst voting record in the united states senate. he doesn't go to vote. he's absent. now, the people of florida can't stand him. he couldn't get elected dogcatcher. >> that was a clip from tonight's fox news. republican debate in dpe troit.
>> she may be wearing orange by the next november. how big an issue is it now that we have the f.b.i. director involved? >> well, i don't believe she's going to be indicted. i believe the f.b.i. is going to do a criminal referral. and maybe james may resign in a huff. but if barack obama allow the f.b.i. to indict her, he won't burger. i thought that donald trump withstood a lot of fire. they were all gunning for him.
he came out pretty much unscathed. and if as mitt romney advocates, rurks rubio wins flr fl. donald trump comes in there and the debates will be fur rous. >> i agree. i agree with you. but you know something, i'm listening to all of this and the desire for a convention. i'm disappointed by some of the rhetoric that i've heard. the reality is this, though. at the oend ft day, there's going to be a nominee. do you think -- do you think as this crowd here at cpac, do you think they will come together and united in the end and destroy juan williams' fant sill? >> i do. i think the final question of the debate addresses that. and all of them said, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, that they would support the eventual nominee.
i think if mitt romney could show the same amount of fire, we'd be talking abthe reelection of romney right now. >> i know you dismiss this and you say hannity, you're a hater. but here's the reality. we have an fbi director active in the investigation. they believe a grand jury has already been convened in this case volving hillary. there's possible debate about inindictments that may come down. you now have a guy that bimt the server for hillary clinton that we all know is illegal. he could end up being the john
dean of our day. >> you old-timer you. anyway, listen. i just want to tell you. >> he just called me granddaddy. >> let me just tell you something, old-timer. it's not illegal to have a server. and the second thing is when you understand why he looks like he took the fifth it was because of the benghazi kplit tee. a very politically slanted group. now he's cooperating. even larry elder just told you, he doesn't think there's going to be any indictment. that is your fantasy. >> but larry also said something else. larry, correct the record. you said if a criminal referral happens, the f.b.i. is going to leak all of the information. they're going to talk about all the femme felonies that have been committed. and i don't think she can win if that happens. >> just to be clear, i don't
believe there will be an indictment. there should be an indictment. this is political. i don't believe barack obama wants to have itten his resume. >> larry, she didn't have black books with absolutely confidential information and hand it to her lover. and that's what petreus did. what did he end up with? a misdemeanor. this is all about in fact that there's not a substantial republican. >> i want to make sure -- >> does she prefer orange or black and white? i want to make her happy. >> you're so kind. i think the psychiatric hospital will be the way after the election. >> i think it's going to be hillary that's wearing the shoes without laces. that's my prediction.
14e clearly violated the law. she won't for the political reasons that i mentioned. >> how about the reality that she never sent or received classified information. >> excuse me. that's been proven false. >> excuse me. time for another dipper bet. >> let me help you out here. the inspector general of the sb je je intelligence community said -- >> reclassified.
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attorney political analyst. and republican strategist author of a great book called retaking america. good to see you. >> i thought it was an interesting debate. i can't wait until we start focusing on hillary clinton. >> who would be the best candidate you saw up there tonight to take on hillary clinton? >> i thought donald trump. absolutely. >> let me go to doug. who would you fear the most to take on hillary. >> probably john kaisih or marco rubio. at this point, donald trump had one of the toughest days i've
ever seen. and frankly, he looked a little rated tonight. >> why because of mitt romney? >> you would think -- david, go ahead. >> the only thing he was rattled on was a laut against his school. is there a school in america ha thant faced a lawsuit. ? that is real tifrly speaking, a very minor issue. and then the speaking of the new york times reporter regarding those issues of immigration. that honestly, totally irrelevant. donald trump's lead is intracting right now. it and it's because of the big issue. we've had seven years of barack obama drawing a line in the sand, taking a step back. people know that right now, donald trump will draw a line in the sand and won't budge an inch. that's what's making him so huge. he can sit there and say nothing for the whole debate and he's still going to win, according to
the polls. that's the reality. >> you think any of these attacks stick? >> i don't. you saw tonight all of this stuff about trump university. i think that is infan tes mall. >> you think 98% of people gave high marks to the university? >> i think people are looking at donald trump because he's showing the altitude and the ego that america really needs. i don't know if people understand that. >> i've been in the public eye. i'm a lawyer. but to get assaulted by the front runner, i'm sorry, the nominee, the last time, to have two major candidates redouble the effort. this isn't good for donald trump. he is the front runner. he will be nominated. but candidly, this is not what
he needs. this is a very good day for hillary clinton. >> as tough as donald trump has been, i'll ask this to daifrd. as touch as donald trump has been on his fellow opponents, and there's no doubt, he's been tough. do you think he will be twice as tough on hillary clinton? and is that a good thing? >> i don't think he will. we saw mitt romney go easy on obama because he didn't want to offend him. donald trump is going to go 100%. and the fact that she's a woman is not going to make a difference. you can bet on it. >> you know, it's funny. let's go back to 2008. i felt like i was a voice in the wilder nsz. i got called from top con essentialtives. they said hannity. you're ruining your career. you keep bringing up frank marshal davis.
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>> i made a decision that i could best serve everybody here and everybody at home if i would give the candidates air time and not say who i'm supporting. >> that's right. >> and, you know, they're kind of has it been hard for you? >> very hard. this is a very unique political moment. we haven't really seen anything quite like it. the voters are sending a very clear mes angerer to washington. they want somebody to take a two by four and change it all up. they want a whole new way of doing politics. >> and in the republican party. >> good speech by the way. >> thank you. >> didn't the republican party cause this with broken promises. seven years of obama's radical
speeches shook this country up. that combination was what caused this. >> is it fair to say, mercedes that this insurgency of ted cruz was created by the republicans? >> clearly. i call it class war favor. it's a political class versus the rest of america. versus the rest of the gop electorate. they're standing up and saying we had enough. >> that's why donald trump won ten states. cruz won four and the establishment, they're supporting rubio now. >> and they bring out mitt romney out there? and i like mitt. i i've supported him big time. >> is he trying to calm? >> i really thought he would have been a good president. >> if you lose an election, it's time to step off the stage. and it was not his role. and all he was doing was trying to calm the establishment. and what he did is fuel the
fire. >> it's the opposite. >> there's going to be a backlash. >> total backlash. >> totally agree. let me tell you. it's somewhat offensive to have a speech during the last republican nominee to try to guide conservatives. this is where conservatives are around the country. this is where that should happen. >> i want to just remind everything. these guys are married. >> [ cheers and applause ] >> i need to talk to you. >> and you got the better part of the deal. >> that's fair. that's fair. >> welcome as a fox contributor. thank you for having me back again this year. >> it's great to have you back. >> coming up, more hannity right after the break.
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thanks for joining us. i'm going to go party with these guys. have a good night. >> since i'm live at 11:00 i don't know this guy following me around all day. we're standing here, you're not going to be taller than me. the debate? . >> i thought they did a good job. i enjoyed it. it was tough, but fair. >> what is your main competition going forward? >> no. no. stop. stop. >> ted cruz seems to have, he's second, of quite a distance away. he's second. marco would be third, the governor, fourth. >> do you think that is the way it's going to shape? >> that is the way it is now. it can change rapidly. >> you look tired. are you tired? >> no. >>