Trump gets booed at the Republican debate over support for eminent domain

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump drew jeers from the audience for his forceful defense of eminent domain during the eighth GOP debate on Saturday night.

The real estate tycoon parts from many conservatives in supporting the practice, which allows private property to be seized for public purposes. Asked by a moderator at the Manchester, New Hampshire, debate to expand on his views, Trump didn't back down.

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"So many people have hit me with commercials and other things about eminent domain. Eminent domain is an absolute necessity for a country, for our country," Trump said. "Without it, you wouldn't have roads. You wouldn't have hospitals. You wouldn't have anything. You wouldn't have schools. You wouldn't have bridges. You need eminent domain."

Ironically, as Trump went on to note, many of his conservative critics are also vocal supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and would require the use of eminent domain.

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MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (R) and Chris Christie (L) confer during a break in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) walks past fellow candidate Marco Rubio (L) prior to the start of the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Activists calling for a raise in the minimum wage rally outside the last Republican presidential debate before the New Hampshire primaries on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters will vote in the state's republican and democratic primaries on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich takes the stage for the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Activists calling for a raise in the minimum wage rally outside the last Republican presidential debate before the New Hampshire primaries on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters will vote in the state's republican and democratic primaries on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pounced, bringing up the case of an "elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City" whose property Trump wanted to seize. Bush was referring to the case of Vera Coking, who ultimately prevailed over Trump in court in 1998.

"That is not public purpose. That is downright wrong," Bush said.

After a heated back-and-forth — in which Trump jabbed that Bush "wants to be a tough guy" — Trump attempted to retake control of the conversation, only to encounter boos from the audience.

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"Let me talk. Quiet. A lot of times, a lot of times — that's all of his donors and special interests out there," Trump said, referring to the booing. "So, it's what it is. That's what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you, we needed tickets [to the debate]. You can't get them. You know who has the tickets — to the television audience? Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That's who it is. The RNC told us."


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