Here’s Donald Trump’s Closing Statement at GOP Debate

December 16, 2015 Updated: December 16, 2015

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate issued a closing statement during Tuesday night’s debate on CNN that garnered a lot of attention.

“Our country doesn’t win anymore. We don’t win on trade. We don’t win on the military. We can’t defeat ISIS. We’re not taking care of our great people–the veterans,” he said.

“We’re not taking care of them. We have to change our whole way. Our healthcare system is a disaster. It’s going to implode in 2017… Nothing works in our country. If I’m elected president. We will win again. We will win a lot. And we’re gonna have a great, great country. Greater than ever before.”

But before he made the statement, Trump said he ruled out ever running as an independent candidate, as he has suggested in the past.

The debate mostly focused on national security. Trump said his policy towards Muslims and building a wall along the Mexican border would make the U.S. a safer place.

He said, “We are not talking about isolation, we’re talking about security. We’re not talking about religion, we’re talking about security. Our country is out of control.”

He added that “tens of thousands of people” have been entering America with “cell phones with ISIS flags on them…I don’t think so.”

Trump continued, “They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country they are leaving, they’re going, they’re gone.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took shots at Trump.

He said, “Donald is great at the one-liners but he’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president.

“We can’t disassociate ourselves from peace-loving Muslims. If we expect to do this on our own, we will fail. Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. Leadership is not about attacking people and disparaging people.”

Trump went after Bush, saying he’s a “real tough guy” before adding: “He’s a very nice person but we need toughness. He’s failed in his campaign. It’s been a total disaster.”