The Latest: Trump speaks to smaller group in Salem, NH


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the race for the White House with one day to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Donald Trump has traded his usual large-scale rallies for an intimate town hall setting.

Trump is taking questions in an Elks Lodge in Salem, New Hampshire in front of a crowd of about 230 people.

The billionaire businessman began by talking about the state’s drug crisis, saying that obtaining heroin is now “cheaper than getting candy.”

Trump has been criticized by some of his rivals for failing to spend enough time in the state and largely foregoing the kind of one-on-one campaigning that has long been a hallmark of the state.

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9:30 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes his latest celebrity endorsement before the New Hampshire primary will give him the boost needed for a strong performance Tuesday.

Christie was joined Monday at a town hall meeting in Hudson by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss.”

Valastro praised Christie’s leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and his ability to get things done in a heavily Democratic state.

“We need someone who’s going to cut through the bullcrap and bring people together.”

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8:20 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has ramped up his schedule as he works to close the deal with New Hampshire voters the day before they head to the polls.

Trump will be holding a rally at an Elks Lodge in Salem, followed by town halls in Manchester and Londonderry.

He’ll cap the night with a rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Trump is facing pressure to translate his poll numbers and rally crowds into votes after a second-place finish in Iowa last week.

Meanwhile, speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, Trump said Iowa’s caucus system is “complex” and he feels he can win New Hampshire’s Tuesday primary.

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8:00 a.m.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he feels he did “great” in the last Republican presidential debate and is optimistic that he will do well in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning” Monday, Rubio refrained from attacking his rivals, particularly Govs. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, who say the freshman senator doesn’t have the experience needed to be president.

He dismissed critique of his performance at Saturday’s debate, saying Monday that it was his campaign’s “Despite what people want to say, it was our greatest fundraising night.””greatest fundraising night.”

Instead, he is emphasizing his strong third-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucus, asserting that he has a chance to do equally as well in New Hampshire.

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7:45 a.m.

Republican presidential hopefuls Govs. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie say Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, hasn’t been tested in a way that the governors running for president have, leaving him unqualified to be president.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday in New Hampshire, which is set to host the country’s second nomination contest Tuesday, Bush referred to Rubio as “a bright, charismatic leader” but described his leadership skills as a “work in progress.”

Christie, New Jersey’s sitting governor, repeated accusations that Rubio recites the same campaign points, calling him a “talented guy” when required to “deliver a speech, read a teleprompter.”

Bush, Florida’s former governor, also attacked billionaire Donald Trump, with whom he clashed at Saturday’s GOP debate over the issue of eminent domain, calling him a “loser.”

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7:30 a.m.

The American Legion has asked the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to “cease and desist” from using the organization’s emblem in campaign fliers.

The American Legion wrote to Sanders’ Senate office that it did not have permission to use the emblem in his campaign fliers.

Sanders’ campaign didn’t immediately return a request seeking comment.

The American Legion has twice complained to Sanders officials since Jan. 22 about the use of the emblem in campaign materials. A Feb. 1 letter from the American Legion obtained by The Associated Press warns that “any further communication about it will be through our trademark attorney in the appropriate forum.”

An earlier report in a New Hampshire paper said that Sanders had used the images of pastors and veterans in his fliers.

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