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  State of the Union With Jake Tapper  CNN  February 28, 2016 6:02am-6:11am PST

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and joining us now is the republican front-runner, donald trump. mr. trump, thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> so big endorsement for you from new jersey governor chris christie. during the campaign, he had some tough words for you. do you think he was just playing politics back then? how'd you get him on board? >> i think it is politics. i mean, people say things, and then all of a sudden, reality sets in. and he's great. he's a great guy. he's the one endorsement i really wanted. i wanted it badly. we have some great endorsements, but christie is one i really wanted to get. i have many others comes. but endorsements have never meant that much to me, but that was an endorsement that's good. i love our -- we have sarah palin. we have, as you know, jerry falwell jr. i'm leading with evangelical in just about every state nationwide. jerry's helped so much. you know, we have, as an example, we have joe on the border in arizona. sheriff joe. joe arpaio. nobody better for borders than sheriff joe. so that was a big endorsement.
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so we have some great endorsements, and a lot of them are coming. >> i know you're big to twitter. the #nevertrump hashtag exploded on twitter this week. these are republicans saying they will never vote for you. marco rubio himself even used that hashtag. what do you think of that? >> well, he can do whatever he wants. you know, i signed a pledge. and the pledge is a two-way street. and if it's not that way, they're going to have a big problem with me. we have tremendous amounts of people. we have, as you know, you know, i'm going to alabama today. we're going to have 25,000 people and probably more than that. we had to go to a football stadium because no building held it. and we're going to have an amazing crowd. and yesterday, in tennessee, i had 15,000 people in a hangar. in arkansas, you probably saw that one in the morning. in arkansas, we had about 15,000 people in a hangar. and you know, we have a lot of people. i'm representing people -- i'm not representing myself. i'm representing a lot of anger out there, and we're not angry people, but we're angry at the
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way this country's being run. and a lot of them are angry at the way the republican party is being run, jake. >> yeah, i want to ask you about that. >> and the republican party is not being run properly. >> i want to ask you about that because republicans in washington, d.c., are starting to tell republican senators that they don't have to go to the convention if you're the nominee, that they should think about running against you if you're the nominee. that combined with marco rubio doing the #nevertrump, do you think republicans are violating the pledge? >> totally. totally. if they want to play that game, i can play it much better than they can, and i have a lot more people than they do. totally. if they're doing that, that's a total violation of the pledge, yes. >> yesterday marco rubio and ted cruz released summaries of their tax returns. you have yet to do so. rubio and cruz have been saying that you're trying to hide something. cruz yesterday also going on this little tirade saying that maybe the returns show that you're not as rich as you say you are or that you gave money to planned parenthood or you pay
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very low tax rates. can you deny that those charges are true, and when will we see your taxes? >> well, number one, i fully disclosed my financials. and i put them in actually right on time, and nobody else did, by the way, but i put them in on time. and it's almost 100 pages of financials. it shows over $10 billion, if you figure it out, it's over $10 billion in net worth, and it's an amazing company with great cash flow, very little debt, all of that. you can't tell anything from tax returns because you take deductions, massive deductions and lots of other things. and you can't tell very much from a tax return. you really can't tell anything as to that. as far as gifts, i give a lot of money. i could probably release a lot of the gifts that i've given over the years. i probably will do that sometime next week. we'll just make a listing of the various monies that i've paid for two charities that i think that's a good idea, actually. but i can't release tax returns when there's an audit. it's very unfair. i've been treated very unfairly by the irs because i've been
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audited almost every year for 10 or 12 years. i have friends that are very rich people. they never get audited. i think i've been singled out. i don't know why. maybe it's because i'm conservative. i'm tea party, i feel tea party, i've always been sort of that feeling of tea party. i've always had great tea party support. i don't know what it is, but i have been singled out. so many of my friends -- they don't even know what i'm talking about when i say, do you get audited? they don't know what i'm talking about. i get audited every year. until the audit is completed, obviously i'm not giving up my papers. you had people on your show where tax experts said to, it would be crazy to give papers before the audit is completed. >> i don't know if you saw cruz's charges, but can you deny the charges about you not having the worth you have or you giving money to groups -- >> jake, i just tell you, let cruz go -- let cruz go to the f.e.c. where i made a financial disclosure, unlike him where he did not disclose that he borrowed money from goldman
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sachs, a million dollars between citibank and goldman sachs. he didn't disclose it. illegally on his financial disclosure forms. cruz shouldn't be the one ta talking because he didn't disclose his loans. and he made big loans from big institutions, goldman sachs and citi, and he never, ever mentioned them in his financial disclosure form because he wants to be like robin hood and help people with the banks. in the meantime, he's borrowing money at low interest rates, rates that nobody can get and i think it's disgraceful and then he tells me. just to finish, i have fully disclosed my net worth. all you have to do is check my financial statements because i fully disclosed them, and that was a big deal, and they're very good, and obviously you would have heard about them if they weren't because they've been gone over by everybody. as far as the tax returns, i obviously cannot give tax returns that are under audit. and every expert that you've had on your show said you shouldn't do it. you should wait till the audit is over. >> i want to ask you about the
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anti-defamation league which this week called on you to publicly condemn unequivocally the racism of david duke who said voting against you would be treason to your heritage. will you unequivocally condemn david duke and say you don't want his support or other white supremacists in this election? >> i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacist. i don't know. i don't know, did he endorse me, or what's going on? because, you know, i know nothing about david duke. i know nothing about white supremacists. and so you're asking me a question that i'm supposed to be talking about people that i know nothing about. >> but i guess the question from the anti-defamation league is even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you. would you just say unequivocally you condemn them and you don't want their support? >> well, i have to look at the group.
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i mean, i don't know what group you're talking about. you wouldn't want me to condemn a groo up that i know nothing about. i'd have to look. if you would send me a list of the groups, i will do research on them and certainly i would disavow them if i thought there was something wrong. >> the ku klux klan? >> it would be very unfair. so give me a list of the groups and i'll let you know. >> i'm just talking about david duke and the ku klux klan here. >> honestly, i don't know david duke. i don't believe i've ever met him, and i just don't know anything about him. >> in terms of a potential running mate, you said a few days ago that you'd look for a political insider to help you get legislation through. are you specifically looking for someone with government experience, in general, such as a governor chris christie or someone who has spent years on capitol hill such as governor john kasich? >> well, i have a great business ability. i've always had a great business ability. and i built a great company. and i don't need that, really, i don't believe for what i'm doing. i would want somebody that can, you know, that does have a little bit of an insider track.
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so we can get things through congress. he can work -- he or she could work with me on getting, you know, papers filed, papers approved so we don't have to use executive orders like president obama is always using his executive orders because he can't get -- he just can't get anything approved. he can't get anything through. so i would like the idea -- i mean, just conceptually, that doesn't mean i'm going to do that, but conceptually, i like the idea of a political person to go along with my abilities. now, i'm a very political person also, which people are just about starting to find out. but i would rather have, i think, somebody that's political that can help. but the most important position -- look, for vice president, you've got to pick somebody who's going to be a great president because if something should happen, hopefully not, but if something should happen, the single most important quality would be a person that can be a great president. >> all right. donald j. trump, thank you so much. good luck on tuesday, sir. we'll see you on the campaign trail. >> thank you. thank you very much, jake. everything is bigger in texas including the delegate
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count. so can senator ted cruz use his home state as a launching pad to take trump on again? cruz will be on here next.