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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- After skipping the most recent Republican presidential debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump is back in the saddle for ABC News' forum Saturday evening, saying he expects it to be an "incredible evening."

"So many things to say, so much at stake," Trump tweeted Friday.

Trump is set to duke it out with the six other GOP candidates who have been extended an invitation to the debate, hosted by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review in Manchester, New Hampshire. The GOP hopefuls will offer their final pitches in the Granite State ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.

 

I very much look forward to tomorrow’s debate in New Hampshire—so many things to say, so much at stake. It will be an incredible evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2016

 

Trump boycotted the GOP debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, instead holding a fundraising event for veterans. He had been feuding with the hosts, Fox News.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Sarah Palin, Wayne Newton, Hulk Hogan: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys the support of all of them.

And earlier this week, the billionaire real estate mogul picked up another high-profile endorsement when Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator and New Hampshire transplant, joined the Trump cabal.

Brown served in the U.S. Senate for three years lost his shot at re-election in 2012 to Elizabeth Warren. So, he changed addresses and moved to New Hampshire to try to snatch the seat of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. He lost, again.

Despite his shaky electoral track record, Brown has unmistakable influence in the Granite State, having hosted a “No BS Backyard BBQ” series featuring several of the GOP presidential candidates, including Trump. At a Tuesday rally in Milford, New Hampshire, Brown announced he was going all-in for The Donald.

"Everybody wanted his endorsement and I'm very honored that he's giving it to me,” Trump said.

With the New Hampshire primary just days away, ABC News caught up with Brown. Below is an edited Q&A with the former senator-turned-Trump backer:

ABC News: When you hosted Donald Trump at one of your “No BS Backyard Barbecues” in January, he attracted your biggest crowd. Were you immediately won over?

Brown: We’ve had all 10 of the 12 major candidates come to the barbecue and it’s been a fascinating process listening and learning. I know all of the candidates and I respect the hell out of each and every one of them. But I didn’t decide then. I wanted to see Ted Cruz come, which he did, and he did a wonderful job, as well. But the thing that kept coming back to me is that I wanted a change agent, someone who could actually go down to Washington, is not beholden to anybody. The second thing is, I think he has the best experience when it comes to job creation. Trump has access to incredibly gifted people who can come up with different solutions. I know he’ll surround himself with people who want to do it for the flag. But, no disrespect to any of the other candidates because I truly love them. Chris and Marco? I love them like brothers from another mother.

ABC News: Voters in the Granite State take their state’s motto, “live free or die,” seriously. Is Trump speaking their language?

Brown: Absolutely, yeah. We did an event the other night with 5,000 people there and probably a couple thousand who couldn’t get in. The energy was really off the charts and I was pleasantly surprised. These are salt of the earth, hardcore activists, who have checked out of the process because they’ve been so frustrated with the business-as-usual gridlock. Trump’s tapped into that nerve. Admittedly, Trump had a below-average ground game in Iowa, but don't forget he's only been doing this six months. He's still learning. He's like a sponge; he'll take it in and figure out what went wrong, analyze it and fix it.

ABC News: A lot of people say the reason why Trump is doing so well in the polls is that he’s tapped into the anger of Americans. Do you see his as an angry candidacy?

Brown: No, he’s tapping into the same energy that Bernie’s tapping into on the other side. I find it amusing that Bernie can do that because he’s been in the Senate forever. He was a backbencher when he had the opportunity to be a leader. But I do respect Bernie in that he’s saying what he believes and he’s not listening to the polls. He really believes this stuff. I don’t, but he does, and that’s cool; unlike Hillary who is just all over the place, trying to go left of everybody.

ABC News: Marco Rubio crept up on Trump in Iowa and now he’s starting to creep up in the polls in New Hampshire. Should Team Trump be worried about Rubio’s rise?

Brown: Marco is a great guy, he’s a great candidate and he’s a dear friend. I’m very close with him and I wish him well. This process is a long, long process. And ultimately, who knows? They may join forces down the road. But that being said, Marco is a politician. Donald’s been doing this for six months. He’s not a politician and he’s up against seasoned pros. People keep forgetting that. They listen to the bravado. They listen to the talking. But they don’t really remember that Trump’s self-funding and that he’s new at this.

ABC News: In your endorsement speech for Trump, you complained that the Obama administration is shrinking the military and neglecting veterans. If you were advising President Trump, what would you tell him to do about it?

I served for 35 years, the last four were in the Pentagon, and I was on the Armed Services and Veterans Committee. I hope I can play a very major role in untying the hands of our generals and re-establishing trust within the ranks, giving them tools and resources, eliminating a lot of the fraud and waste, and getting transfer authority within the budget so you can actually move monies around. The president did that for the FAA but he didn’t allow it for the military. That’s why they’re in so much trouble.

ABC News: You’re currently coaching a seventh-grade basketball team. Any advice you give your kids on the court you'd want to share with Trump?

Brown: There’s a tremendous amount of sports analogies you can use between athletics and politics. When my candidate friends call, the advice I give them all is just be yourself. Stand on your beliefs and you’re going to live and die by those beliefs. You can’t keep changing stripes and you can’t be somebody that you’re not. And I tell the kids, “If you’re a shooter, shoot,” and “if you’re a great passer, pass.” We’ll improve on the other areas as we go along and learn and grow and learn and grow.

ABC News: Trump mentions how much he loves his friend Tom Brady. You're a fan, too. Do you think there's any chance he'll endorse Trump? Also: Broncos or Panthers?

Brown: You’d have to speak to Tom. But Patriots first. I like Peyton Manning and I always have. I think he’s a real competitor but I also love the Panthers and Cam is just an unbelievable athlete so I’m just going to enjoy the game and have some beers and relax.

ABC News: Did you know that you and Melania Trump have something in common? You’ve both had almost-nude photos published. (Her in GQ and you in an infamous Cosmopolitan spread).

Brown: Infamous? Come on, it’s a very nice spread. My mother and grandmother loved it. I wish I still looked like that. That was 1982.

ABC News: Trump recently criticized Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly for her own racy magazine photos. Fair game?

Brown: The Democrats have tried to use that photo against me 30 times in my career, easily. They dropped off postcards at people’s houses with that photo. It’s part of who I am. It’s part of who we are as people. We all have strengths and flaws. I’m not ashamed of it because I never would have met my wife and I never would have had these amazing kids. So I’m cool with it. It just depends on who you are, whether it bugs you or not. It doesn’t bug me at all.

ABC News: Would you want Trump to consider you as a potential running mate?

Brown: Nah, that’s never going to happen. It’s like sitting around at a bar and talking about who’s going to win the World Series next year. I’m going to help wherever anybody wants me to help, and if he’s the nominee I’m going to help him. And if he’s not, I’m going to help whoever our nominee is.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said the "durable" U.S. economy has continued to grow this year and that "Americans are working and getting bigger paychecks."

Employers added 151,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent last month – the first time the jobless rate dipped below 5 percent since February 2008.

"I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody," Obama said Friday.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s strong national lead over Bernie Sanders is essentially gone and, instead, the Democratic race is incredibly close, according to a national Quinnipiac poll released on Friday.

Clinton received 44 percent of support while Sanders can boast about 42 percent, his highest support in any national poll to date.

The former secretary of state's 31-point lead over the Vermont senator in December has fallen to only two points.

This new poll was conducted after the Iowa caucuses, when the polls were too close to call Monday night but, finally, Clinton eked out a win over Sanders.

The last Quinnipiac poll released on Dec. 21 showed Clinton with a whopping 31-point lead over Sanders, 61 to 30.

For the Republicans, despite losing the Iowa caucuses, Trump still holds his lead over the rest of the pack nationally with 31 percent.

After that, Ted Cruz has 22 percent, while Marco Rubio earned 19 percent. Ben Carson trails with 6 percent and the rest of the field, including Jeb Bush, falls at 3 percent or lower.

The poll also shows that if the general election came down to Clinton and Rubio, voters said they would vote for Rubio over Clinton, 48 to 41 percent.

Both Clinton and Sanders would beat Donald Trump, according to the poll. Clinton beats Trump, 46 to 41 percent, but in a Sanders-Trump matchup, Sanders tops Trump, 49 to 39 percent.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump says he will now attend Fox News’ March 3 debate moderated by Megyn Kelly despite last week’s boycott.

“I’ll be there, I have no objection to being there,” Trump told NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg. "That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, it had to with the memo sent out by Fox that was a little taunting."

Kelly said on ABC News' Good Morning America Friday that Trump had not yet committed to participating in the March debate, but that she hoped he would.

“I think he will be. He hasn't committed but he will show up at that one, which is great because Brett, Chris and I will be moderating it. And we will just move our Trump questions from the last debate over to this debate. And I’ll finally get a chance to ask him,” said Kelly.

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Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will want to pack his dancing shoes for his trip to California next week, as he is set to make a special in-studio appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The announcement was sent out through DeGeneres' Twitter account, including a joke that the president would be participating in a game of "Never Have I Ever" with the host.

Confirmed! President @BarackObama is on my show next Friday! And he’s gonna play
“Never Have I Ever"! That part is uncomfirmed.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 5, 2016

The taped appearance will be the first time a sitting president appears in studio on the show. Obama was last interviewed in 2014 by Ellen DeGeneres in a two-way camera interview from the White House, where he promoted enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and joked about how DeGeneres broke his "retweet" record.

But his 2007 appearance on the show as he was campaigning for president was arguably the most playful -- as he entered the studio dancing to Beyoncé’s "Crazy in Love."

His wife, first lady Michelle Obama, followed up with a dance-filled performance of Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk" in March of last year to highlight her "Let's Move" fitness campaign.

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Heather Wines/CBS(WASHINGTON) -- This Valentine's Day, there's no one for Alicia Keys but House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The R&B singer and songwriter released a video message to the 46-year-old House speaker earlier this week, promising to be his Valentine in exchange for a vote on criminal justice reform in the House this year.

"I recently saw a picture of you working out, and I was like, 'Mmmmm,'" she says in the video. "I never saw the speaker of the House working out before. He must be cool."

Keys asks Ryan to "show me how cool you are" and "help me spread some love" by bringing criminal justice reform measures to a vote before President Obama leaves office.

"Can you do that Paul? I know you can," Keys says.

Keys then shows her Valentine's Day card for Ryan ("You Have a Heart of Gold," it reads) and calls on supporters to send the Wisconsin Republican cards of their own through the website "We Are Here Movement," a social justice group she founded in 2014.

"Help bring justice reform to a vote so we can keep families together and reunite those that have been torn apart by excessive incarceration instead of just getting the help they needed," she continues.

Asked about the video in a Fox News interview Wednesday, Ryan said he was surprised Keys knew who he was.

In a news conference Thursday, he said he supports a series of bipartisan criminal justice reform bills that have passed through the House Judiciary Committee, but didn't have a timetable for their vote on the floor.

A spokesperson for Ryan's office did not say whether Ryan's office had received any cards from Keys or her group.

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Just five days before New Hampshire voters will have their say in their state’s first-in-the-nation primary, there was another first in the Granite State: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went toe-to-toe on a debate stage, just the two of them.

The intimate setting led to some of the most heated exchanges of the campaign so far, reflecting the fierce battle for the Democratic nomination at a crucial moment: Just a few days after Clinton eked out a narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses and before Sanders appears poised to claim victory in New Hampshire.

During the 90-minute debate, held at the University of New Hampshire and hosted by MSNBC, the candidates, at times, seemed not just to speak but to shout their answers. After a particularly feisty squabble, co-moderator Rachel Maddow acknowledged, “Obviously we’ve touched a nerve.”

Here are seven moments that mattered at the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary:

1. Clinton Calls Sanders’ Attack On Campaign Cash An "Artful Smear"


In what was perhaps the nastiest clash between the two Democratic hopefuls, Clinton challenged Sanders over his frequent attacks against her and her allies for raising cash from Wall Street and big business.

“Enough is enough. If you've got something to say, say it directly,” Clinton scolded. “You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received.”

She went on to call Sanders’ argument an “artful smear.”

For his part, Sanders bemoaned the influence of lobbying and big money in politics: “There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system,” he said.

2. Clinton Tries to Shut Down Sanders’ Establishment Argument


The attack Sanders has been using on the campaign trail -- trying to label Clinton his "establishment" opponent -- happened again Thursday night.

"I will absolutely admit that Secretary Clinton has the support of far more governors, mayors, Members of the House. She has the entire establishment or almost the entire establishment behind her," Sanders said before touting his support from "ordinary Americans.”

But Clinton hit back: "Senator Sanders is the only person who would characterize me a woman running to be the first woman president as exemplifying the establishment."

3. Democrat vs. Democrat Progressive One-Upsmanship


Over the past week, Sanders has been challenging Clinton’s record as a progressive (she’s only one on “some days,” he said). But tonight, Clinton came armed with talking points to highlight her own progressive chops.

“It is fair to say, Senator, that in your definition, as you being the self-proclaimed gatekeeper for progressivism, I don't know anyone else who fits that definition,” Clinton said, ripping into her challenger.

“If we're going to get into labels, I don't think it was particularly progressive to vote against the Brady bill five times. I don't think it was progressive to vote to give gun makers and sellers immunity. I don't think it was progressive to vote against Ted Kennedy's immigration reform,” she continued. "So, we can go back and forth like this. But the fact is most people watching tonight want to know what we've done and what we will do.”

Sanders, meanwhile, doubled down on his definition of a progressive — calling out Clinton for her super PACs and donations from Wall Street. “One of the things we should do,” he said, “Is not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.”

4. Bernie Sanders Stumbles Through Foreign Policy Answers


It’s not easy debating a former Secretary of State on foreign policy.

“North Korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country run by a handful of dictators -- or maybe just one,” Sanders said, referring to Kim Jong Un and declining to name specifics.

Clinton cited her experience and preparedness for any foreign policy crisis that could come up. "A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS,” she said, referring to Sanders’ critique of her Iraq War support.

But Sanders pointed to decision-making as what’s most important. “I fully, fully concede that secretary Clinton, who was Secretary of State for four years, has more experience,” he said. “But experience is not the only point. Judgment is.

5. Hillary Clinton Is "100 Percent Confident" Email Investigation Isn't Going Anywhere


When asked whether an FBI investigation into her private email server would cause problems for the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said she was "100 percent confident" it would not.

"Honest to goodness, this beggars the imagination," she said. "I have absolutely no concerns about it."

Still, officials have found almost two dozen emails they now label "top secret," some of which investigators are not releasing to the public.

"I never sent or received any classified material," Clinton said, leaving out her usual qualification that her server did not contain any material "marked" classified.

6. Hillary Clinton’s Dodge On Releasing Speeches


After the moderator asked Clinton if she’d release the transcripts of her paid speeches from corporations like Goldman Sachs, Clinton demurred.

“I'll look into it,” she said. “I don't know the status.”

Instead, she used the question as an opportunity to tout her foreign policy credentials.

“I probably described more times than I can remember how stressful it was advising the president about going after Bin Laden,” she said.

7. Bernie and Hillary’s Mutual Admiration Society


In a debate that was defined by its contentious exchanges, toward the end the two candidates seemed to soften when Clinton was asked whether she might ever see her rival as running mate material.

The former secretary of state didn’t go that far, but offered this: “If I'm fortunate to be the nominee, the first person I call to talk to about where we go and how we get it done will be Senator Sanders."

In response, Sanders acknowledged that he respects Clinton “very much” and turned his complement into a dig at the GOP: “On our worst days I think it is fair to say we are 100 times better than any Republican candidate.”


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly called the feud she and her network have with Donald Trump "bizarre."

"It was bizarre because I became the story. He was so very focused on me that I became the story and, you know, you never want to be the story when you're a news person,” Kelly said Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, referencing the frayed relationship she has with the GOP presidential candidate. “You want to be covering the story so it was like an Alice-through-the-looking-glass experience.”

Kelly also said she has no regrets about asking Trump about his treatment of women in the first Republican debate that started the feud with him.

"I stand by every question I asked him and he was not the only one who had tough questions,” she said. “He was the only one, however, who complained.”

There may be another chapter in the Trump-Kelly saga because Fox News announced it will host a Republican primary debate March 3 with Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Kelly moderating. Kelly mentioned that the real estate mogul has not committed to participating in that debate, but said she hopes he does.

“The bigger question in my mind is whether Donald Trump will be at that one,” he said. “I think he will be. He hasn't committed but he will show up at that one, which is great because Brett, Chris and I will be moderating it-- Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and myself. And we will just move our Trump questions from the last debate over to this debate. And I’ll finally get a chance to ask him.”

Trump decided not to participate in the most recent Fox News debate, in which Kelly was one of the moderators, before the Iowa caucuses. Arguing that he wouldn't be treated fairly at the debate, Trump instead held a "special event to benefit veterans organizations" at the same time.

Trump's return to the debate stage will be Saturday night at ABC News' Republican debate in New Hampshire.


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Scott Olson/Getty Images(DERRY, N.H.) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush felt like a new man Thursday night. In a packed middle school cafeteria, he was acutely aware of the “looming presence of Barbara Bush” that he often invokes.

But this time she was there.

The former first lady came in with her son, pushing her walker, adorned with her Jeb! sticker to wild applause as the Beach Boys played in the background.

“Wow, mom, my crowd sizes normally aren’t this large. I wonder why,” he joked. He then told an old anecdote that, tonight, took on new life.

"I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child abuse hotline available cause the discipline of learning right and wrong was her doing,” he said.

As she took the microphone, she praised her son.

"I didn’t really plan on this, but Jeb is the nicest, wisest, most caring, loyal, disciplined, that’s good,” she said.

But ‘The Enforcer’ added, "Not by me, but he’s not a bragger, we don’t allow that, but he’s decent and honest. He’s everything we need in a president.” She added that she and her husband were very proud of him.

Bush displayed rare moments of emotion, Bush choking up as he spoke of his dad.

“My dad was this perfect idyllic man who to this day is the greatest man alive,” he said, his voice cracking.

Even the usual phrases that pepper his stump felt more poignant, as his mother proudly looked on. She was just a proud mother taking photos on her iPhone Thursday night; forgotten was the time she said that America had seen enough Bushes.

As she smiled behind him, he took the moment to apologize.

"I apologize mom, I called Donald Trump a jerk when he disparaged — when he disparaged people with disabilities, it’s just not right,” he said.

For Laurie Urquhart, of Hollis, NH, seeing the former first lady was a must. Seated next to her husband, Wayne, who donned a Reagan/Bush t-shirt, she opined on the impact of her presence.

"I think for the primary she’s fostering that love for people who like the Bush/Reagan, that whole era, reminding them of what they liked, that kinship,” she said, adding, “But I think in the major election that's probably not a kinship you may not want to reignite."

Nevertheless, the crowd was super-charged, cheering at parts of his stump that he’s delivered a dozen times.

This was the town hall he needed, a jolt of life into this campaign that desperately needs it.
 
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ABC/Randy Sager(BOSTON) -- Chris Christie is a die-hard Bruce Springsteen superfan. So die-hard, in fact, that the New Jersey governor took a break from the campaign trail just days before the New Hampshire primary to attend a Springsteen concert in Boston.

Thursday night's concert marks the governor’s 136th Springsteen concert, a fact he broadcast on Twitter ago along with a photo of his view from the concert.

#136 pic.twitter.com/F4xQqrD1a7

— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) February 5, 2016

The New Jersey governor rushed from his final town hall of the day with unusual haste Thursday, apologizing to the audience after an hour-and-a-half question-answer session that he was running behind schedule for another event before excusing himself with minimal glad-handing.

Christie did not have another event listed on his public schedule and his campaign would not provide any details about the next event that forced the governor's hasty exit at the time. It was only after the governor had tweeted about his presence at Thursday night's concert that his campaign confirmed his whereabouts.

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- When Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he was suspending his 2016 presidential campaign, he became one of four candidates to do so since the Iowa caucuses.

Though Paul had roughly 2 percent in the latest New Hampshire polling, and came in fifth in Iowa, those who supported him, many of whom are libertarians, are now up for grabs. And candidates hoping to do well in New Hampshire are making a play for them.

ABC News analyst Matt Dowd said he thinks Paul’s supporters will end up splitting off among Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz -- or just refrain from voting altogether.

“Voters bought into his whole message. And I think much of his support was personal to him or his father,” Dowd said in an email in response to questions about how the race will now play out.

Dowd also noted that he thinks the overall impact of Paul’s absence will be minimal. But if the New Hampshire GOP primary turns out to be as close as it was for Democrats in the Iowa caucuses, every vote could count. And candidates are still vying for the votes nonetheless.

“To everyone in this race who was supporting Rand Paul or who was supporting other candidates who have dropped out of the race, I will say, we will welcome you as a part of our team. This is a team for unity,” Cruz said while campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

“I have been so encouraged by the liberty movement folks coming to us, and I hope we see a great many more of Rand’s supporters. They will find a home, and we will welcome them with open arms,” Cruz added.

And when a Rand Paul supporter in New Hampshire asked Rubio why he should vote for him, Rubio touted the benefits of enveloping libertarians into the Republican fold.

“I want them to be part of the Republican Party. They are an excellent check and counter-balance in our party,” Rubio said, further noting that the doesn’t want them to form a third party or show allegiance to the Democrats.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has invested his time and effort heavily in New Hampshire, told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he thinks he has a “good shot” at picking up some of Paul’s supporters.

“I’ve always been able to do well with young people,” Kasich told Karl, referring to Paul’s popularity among college students.

The Kasich campaign recently announced that former Rand Paul adviser Mike Biundo will now serve as a national adviser for them.

For his part, a top Paul aide said Wednesday the Kentucky senator would not be endorsing anyone in the primary, but would support the ultimate GOP nominee. He did win one delegate in Iowa, but the Iowa GOP told ABC News it will not be re-allocating the delegate, even though Paul has dropped out. So, even if Paul were to endorse, that delegate would remain bound to him until the national convention.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A feisty exchange at the Democratic debate in New Hampshire happened Thursday night when Hillary Clinton called out Bernie Sanders for suggesting she’s in the pocket of special interests.

"I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you and enough is enough,” Clinton said. "If you've got something to say, say it directly."

“It’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks,” she continued, drawing some boos from the crowd. “Let’s talk about the issues.”

Sanders chose not to engage, instead discussing mega-fundraisers the Koch brothers.

“I know this game, I’m going to stop this game” Clinton said.

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ABC News(TILTON, N.H.) -- President Obama has received criticism from Republicans for visiting a mosque, perhaps unsurprisingly. But Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush appeared surprised by the President’s actions for a different reason.

"I don’t think it's divisive to go speak in a mosque,” Bush said. "I’m surprised it took his 8th year to do it.”

Bush’s rival, Marco Rubio, criticized the President’s visit to a Baltimore mosque, took a different tack.
“He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims," Rubio said. "Of course there’s discrimination against in America, of every kind. But the bigger issue is: radical Islam."

Bush hit back against that notion.

“Discrimination in America is bad and the threat of ISIS is real. You can believe in both which is why I don’t criticize the president to go to a mosque and to assure that people they shouldn’t be discriminated against," Bush told reporters after visiting with voters at the Tilt’n Diner. "I think that is more than appropriate as the leader of our country."

Bush did go on to reprimand the President for being “derelict in his duties” to destroy ISIS, accusing him of allowing the caliphate to be created.

The former Florida governor is in New Hampshire in the fight for the fate of his candidacy; earlier that day he visited with employees at Globe Manufacturing in Pittfield where he spoke on his own plan to defeat ISIS, which includes directly arming the Kurdish forces and establishing a no-fly zone.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- ABC News is unveiling its candidate lineup for Saturday night's Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The network will extend invitations to the following candidates: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.

The debate is slated for Saturday, Feb. 6, and coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It will be moderated by "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Martha Raddatz.

ABC News will be hosting the debate with the Independent Journal Review, and in partnership with the Republican National Committee. Additional questions will come from WMUR political director Josh McElveen and conservative journalist Mary Katharine Ham.

The network determined the debate's participants using a set of criteria established in late January. Candidates had three ways to qualify for the debate.

Candidates received an invitation to the debate if they:

1) placed among the top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses; OR 2) placed among the top six in an average of national polls; OR 3) placed among the top six in an average of New Hampshire polls.

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