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Trump in Pendleton: Republican presidential candidate speaks ahead of primary

Madeline Hemmingsen

Donald Trump campaigns at T. Ed. Garrison Arena ahead of the South Carolina primary.

“We were really taken care of by the people of New Hampshire,” said Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, “We ended up with 35-36 percent; that’s amazing.” 
Following his win in the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump travelled to Pendleton, South Carolina to campaign ahead of the state’s Feb. 20 primary. Trump spoke to a crowded T. Ed Garrison Arena Wednesday night, opening the speech by thanking his supporters for attending, despite the freezing temperatures. 
Trump noted his current first place polling numbers in South Carolina, and remarked that though he was operating on one hour of sleep, “when you have victory, you don’t need sleep.” 
Trump positioned himself as “very very big on the Second Amendment,” a statement met with thunderous applause. 
He went on to highlight the importance of his self-funded campaign, a unique position in campaigning that means he “can’t be bought.” Trump noted that PACS “are horrible and running the campaigns; it’s out of control.” 
Trump addressed his fellow GOP opponent’s campaign spending, saying he spent the least amount of money on his campaign and is “number one” in current polls. He scrutinized Jeb Bush’s higher spending rate, while pointing out that Bush remains “at the bottom of the pack… The last thing we need is another Bush, this guy, he says anything on his mind.” 
He also called out Democratic presidential hopefuls. Trump pitted himself against Hillary Clinton, noting that both of them have accepted speaking fees, but Clinton had done so while still working for the government. 
Trump pushed his fiscal agenda, addressing the taxe rates on companies in the United State. “Our companies are leaving the United States now,” as a result of the “highest taxes in the world,”
he argued.  Indicating bipartisanship, Trump noted that both Democrats and Republicans want companies back in the United States, but can’t sit down together to work out a deal because “we don’t have a leader as a president.” 

He used Ford creating a two and a half billion plant in Mexico as an example with his solution, “I’m going to tell Ford… you’re not going there with a 2.5 billion plant and if you do we’re going to charge you a 35% tax every time you sell a car in the United States.” 
Expanding his fiscal policies outisde the United States, Trump argued for similar educational practices to China, which place emphasis on business “since they were three years old.” 
Trump highlighted his foreign policy abilities, having been complimented by Vladimir Putin.  This could be the beginning of a repor, Trump suggested, which would influence Russia’s involvement in the U.S. fight against ISIS.
He also addressed his immigration policies.Commenting on President of Mexico Enrique Nieto’s statement that Mexico will not pay for a wall, Trump said, “I said the wall just got ten feet higher. When I announced I was running, I started talking about illegal immigrants; nobody else brought it up.”
Trump also discussed his healthcare policies. “ObamaCare: we repeal, we replace,” said Trump. “We’ve got to get much less expensive and much better coverage and much better healthcare, so we’re going to do it.”
Medicare is a program that Trump wants to keep. “We have to protect it,” he said. “Medicare is something that actually works.”
After a round of questions, Trump ended the event by telling the crowd, “I don’t want your money; I want your vote.”

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