the only presidential contender in attendance there. rick santorum and mike huckabee, they were the last two iowa caucus winners. they showed up after their undercard winners. >> i'll stand over here so i'm not photographed with the trump sign. >> let me be very clear, rick santorum, donald trump and i may be competitors in a presidential race but tonight we are colleagues in unison standing here for the people who let us breathe every breath of free air we breathe, the veterans of the united states of america. >> so, over at the other stage with trump not in attendance, cruz was the target of much of the attacks, spearheaded by rand paul and marco rubio. >> ted said he was for nsa reform but then told marco rubio, i voted for the bill because i'm for the government collecting 100% of your cell phone records. i don't think ted can have it both ways. >> the only budget ted has voted for is one that brags about cutting defense spending. rand touched upon it that he's the most conservative guy and everyone else is a rhino. the truth is throughout this campaign you've been willing to sa
, like huckabee and santorum. >> you're not giving them -- >> i'm not walking away. >> reporter: trump is defiantly positioning himself as the deal maker in chief. >> it's called an eye for an eye. >> i bought you so you owe me. >> reporter: it's a media company, not a voters. >> now they're going to make much less. >> reporter: today the billionaire launched his fund-raising website claiming 100% of donations to the donald j. trump vets. exactly where the money will go. canines for warriors campaign contacted them today, saying nonprofits now under consideration. a separate veterans group is skeptical tweeting, money doesn't need to be if funneled through a campaign. just do good work. will trump's move backfire. still trump has momentum and now the according to the latest nbc news poll. what are the richks for donald truch? >> the risks for trump is that he looks weak by not confronting his opponents. the upside is, he avoids being a pinata at the republican debate. >> reporter: marco rubio rising in the polls, already taking a swing. >> interesting side show. greatest show on earth.
his underdog opponents, mike huckabee and rick santorum. >> in a lot of ways -- >> you're not giving them -- >> i'm not walking away. i was pushed away. i'm not walking away. >> reporter: trump is defiantly positioning himself as the deal maker in chief. >> it's called an eye for an eye. >> i bought you so many vanilla milkshakes, you owe me. >> you can do that any day. >> reporter: today the billionaire launched this fund-raising website claiming 100% of donations will help vets. the campaign won't say exactly where the money will go. canines for warriors tells nbc news the campaign contacted them late today saying they're one of 18 nonprofits now under consideration. but a separate veterans group is skeptical tweeting, money doesn't need to be funneled through a political campaign. will trump's debate boycott backfire? his opponents say yes. >> it's not that he's afraid of me. he's afraid of you. >> reporter: still, trump has momentum and now the lead here in iowa. according to the latest nbc news poll. what are the risks for donald trump? >> the risks for trump is he looks weak by
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