Donald Trump denies sexual assault allegations at rally in Portsmouth, N.H.

Trump talks drug epidemic in Portsmouth, N.H.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to hundreds of New Hampshire voters at a rally in Portsmouth Saturday afternoon with just more than three weeks until the election.

Trump spoke on his usual platform: repealing Obamacare, bringing jobs back to the United States, lowering taxes and securing and defending the nation’s borders.

He denied the recent sexual assault allegations against him.

“The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies to elect [Hillary Clinton] president,” Trump said.

Some voters in New Hampshire said they did not need him to defend himself and address the allegations.

“I hear enough of that on the news," said Tammie Carney of Portsmouth. "I prefer to hear what he’s going to do."

“It’s a bunch of crap,” said Norma Gould of Dover. “Everybody’s going to dig up something somewhere.”

“No, I think he’s answered it enough," said John Banks of Manchester. "I think a lot of it is just bogus."

Saturday was the fourth time in four weeks that Trump visited the Granite State. Some voters appreciated his time in what could be a swing state.

“I think he’s a candidate that’s worried about every person," said Judi Marsh of Wells. "He’s not just worried about the individual states that are going to make a difference in the election."

“It shows that he cares about the American people and he knows how important this state is in this election,” Banks said.

“He’s going to form his opinion based on his discussion with people, not based on years of Washington politics,” Carney said.

Trump reminded New Hampshire voters of his promise during the primary that he would stop drugs from pouring into the country.

“I go from group to group to group … 'What’s your biggest problem?' 'Heroin, heroin, heroin,'” Trump said during his speech. “We will not only stop the drugs from pouring in, but we will help all of those people so seriously addicted. We will get them assistance. We will make sure that they have the top treatment and get better.”

Trump also suggested that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, may have a drug problem.

“You know the truth. She’s getting pumped up. You understand,” Trump said of Clinton preparing for the next debate. “We should take a drug test prior because I don’t know what’s going on with her.

"At the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and by the end, she was all like, ‘take me down.’”

Trump also said he has many good friends in New England, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, to which the crowd cheered.

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is running for re-election, recently disavowed Trump after tapes from 2005 were released that recorded him making crude remarks about women on a bus at a stop at soap opera shoot.

She was one of a handful of Republicans who repudiated Trump after the comments came out.

Voters said Sen. Ayotte’s distancing of herself from Trump did not affect their choice to vote for him.

“I’m a Patriots fan and I support my team even when Tom isn’t playing," Carney said. "I think that you support your team. I’m really disappointed in the Republicans."

There was a small group of protesters outside the Toyota car dealership where the rally was held. They held signs saying, “Grab her by the ballot,” and “Not in my locker room.”

Trump supporters that NEWS CENTER spoke to all had a similar answer to what they like about Donald Trump: he’s different than most politicians.

“He is not a career politician, and I think we need a change to what’s happening in Washington,” Carney said. “It’s not a career. It’s a public service, and I think it’s not seen that way anymore and I feel that he takes that new perspective.”

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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