Throwback Thursday: Donald Trump's 2014 opinions about presidential opponents

- One year ago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave FOX 5 frank opinions about his opponents.

When Chief Investigative Reporter Emily Miller sat down with Trump for an exclusive interview in December 2014, he had not yet decided if he would run for president. A year later, we see that the real estate mogul’s predictions about Hillary Clinton appear to be incorrect, but he was on the mark about the viability of some of the other Republicans in the field.

Watch the Throwback Thursday video above and read Trump’s responses from our December 2014 interview:


REPUBLICAN FIELD

Dr. Ben Carson, brain surgeon
Trump: “I think he’s going to do well. He’s got a certain group of people who really swear by him. Smart guy. Good guy. Sit with him a lot and know him. I think he’s a very good guy.”

Ted Cruz, Texas senator
Trump: “I like him. Another one I like. Most of these people are friends of mine. But Ted Cruz says he’s born in Canada. If you say you’re born in another country, in theory, you’re not supposed to be able to run. I think that’s a real obstacle for him.”

Rand Paul, Kentucky senator
Trump: “I know him. I’ve been with him. I like him. He’s got some very common sense positions. And I think he also will be formidable.”

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida
Trump: “The last thing we need is another Bush.”

Chris Christie, New Jersey governor
Trump: “He’s got to get rid of his difficulties. There was a story the other day that continues to go on. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a good guy. And I hope all of that stuff disappears soon.”


DEMOCRATIC FIELD

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State
Trump: “Know her well. Not going to be as easy as people think for her to get the nomination.”

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator
Trump: “Has really come on strong with her group of people -- the liberals. If she runs, she’s going to be a very formidable opponent for Hillary. I think it’s going to be very tough for Hillary. Hillary’s favored, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Joe Biden, Vice President
Trump: “I just don’t hear him being mentioned anymore. I actually like him as a person. I just don’t hear his name being mentioned in this group of people.”

Finally, we asked Trump about his own chances of winning the White House.

“I’ve always succeeded at what I’ve wanted to do. And what I really want to do now -- more than anything else -- is make this country great again,” Trump said.

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