Santorum, left, and Huckabee, right, attended the rally that Trump, center, held after they finished their undercard debate. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s veterans’ rally at Drake University started with a stark admission from the GOP front-runner: “I didn’t want to be here. I have to be honest with you.”
The sentiment didn’t seem to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm, which waited several hours in line in the cold and a couple before the candidate took the stage on Thursday to launch into a relatively standard stump speech — the trade deficit, foreign policy, etc. — that wove in nods to veterans’ sacrifices.