Huckabee, Santorum to attend Trump event

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum will attend Donald Trump’s event to benefit veterans on Thursday night after participating in Fox News’ Republican presidential undercard debate.

Appearing Thursday on CNN in separate interviews, the two Republican presidential contenders said they decided to attend Trump’s event to help veterans’ groups and because they had nothing else planned.

“I’m delighted to join with Donald Trump in an effort to salute veterans,” Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. “I didn’t have anything going on at 8:00 tonight. I’ll be done, so I figured, ‘Why not? Let’s show the veterans our support.'”

The candidate tweeted confirmation earlier, saying, “After the #GOPDebate I’ll join @realDonaldTrump in Des Moines to support our vets who’ve been abandoned by @BarackObama. Hope you join us!”

Santorum, a former senator from Pennyslvania, told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on “CNN Newsroom” later Thursday that he “didn’t have anything planned at that time” and would participate in any event aimed at benefiting veterans.

“If Hillary Clinton had asked me, ‘Will you come to a fundraiser where you can participate to help raise money for veterans?’ — I got two boys at the Citadel, I’ve got a mom and dad who worked for the Veterans Administration. I care for our veterans a lot and if I can help in any way to help raise money for veterans organizations who are serving our veterans, I don’t frankly care who is hosting it. I’m happy to participate in it if I have time to participate in it, and I do,” Santorum said.

Trump, who is boycotting the prime-time debate over differences of opinion with Fox News, announced on Wednesday that he will instead host an event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, to benefit wounded veterans.

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