© 2023 WRVO Public Media
NPR News for Central New York
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Coverage of the 2016 presidential election from NPR News and related blogs, including candidate profiles, interviews and talking points.On-air specials will also be broadcast as Election Day approaches, including the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.WRVO also provides coverage of regional elections both on-air and online.

Trump focuses on real estate successes instead of politics during speech to NY's GOP establishment

All three Republican presidential candidates spoke at the state GOP dinner Thursday night.

Trump spent much of his speech recounting his real estate deals in New York City, saying he built the very hotel where the event was held -- the Hyatt at Grand Central Station.

He also defended New York values as embodied after 9/11 when New Yorkers displayed courage and selflessness.

“These are the values that we need to make America great again,” Trump told the audience. “We need these values to bring America together again, and the heal America’s wounds.”

Ted Cruz, who derided “New York values” in a debate in South Carolina earlier in the campaign, asked God to bless “the great state of New York,” and joked that he had not built any buildings, but he has defended the Constitution.

Cruz vowed to repeal “every word of Obamacare.”

John Kasich, who also spoke, received the endorsement of former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Kasich told the New York party leaders, “I am the only candidate who beats Hillary Clinton on a consistent basis." Kasich predicted that he would leave Cleveland as the nominee "believe it or not."

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.