The Republican front-runner boasted of significant support from pastors and a strong poll showing among evangelicals, and called the Bible "superior" to his own book, "The Art of the Deal." He also took broader aim at elected officials like Cruz. "These politicians are all talk, no action. It's all bulls---," said Trump. "It's all bulls---, okay? It's all bulls---."
For more than an hour and a quarter, Trump largely stuck to his stump speech, including a defense of his admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin ("I like that Putin called me brilliant") and swipes at President Obama, Jeb Bush, U.S. trade negotiators, companies who engage in corporate inversion, gun-control advocates, protesters, reporters, and politicians who accept large campaign donations, among others. He included digs at former New York governor George Pataki, who suspended his campaign Tuesday night, and at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. "If [the president has] got to be a woman, which I'm all in favor of some day, it shouldn't be Hillary," he said.
Speaking in western Iowa, Trump also took aim at those who argue that Iowa and New Hampshire should not always be the first states to cast presidential primary season votes. "It makes you important," he told the crowd, asking them to "think of it, if you were the 25th state, or the 50th state" to cast a vote.