Trump Praises His Own Debate Performance
'I didn't want to embarrass her,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2016 1:23 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks at a rally Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Melbourne, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump held a rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Tuesday night, where he regaled an enthusiastic crowd with tales of his debating prowess. CNN reports that he declared himself the winner of Monday night's debate—contrary to the opinion of many analysts—and praised online polls as "things of beauty." He said he had won despite "holding back." "I didn't want to embarrass her," said Trump, who used the speech to revisit debate issues including Hillary Clinton's foreign policy record and use of a private email server. He also slammed the "corrupt corporate media," Florida Today reports.

Trump told the crowd—which authorities estimated at 8,500—that he knew he "was going into a situation where you were going to have one of the largest audiences in the history of television," and he just "took a deep breath and pretended I was talking to my family." Before the Melbourne rally, Trump visited what the Miami Herald calls "the Hispanics who seem to like him most"—residents of Miami's Little Havana, where polls show he has a narrow lead among Republican-leaning Cuban-Americans. "We did very well," he said of the debate. "It was an interesting evening, certainly, and big league. Definitely big league." (Rudy Giuliani thinks Trump should skip the last two debates.)
 

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