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Trump: Eminent Domain Vital for Roads, Hospitals

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By    |   Sunday, 24 Jan 2016 01:08 PM

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended government's use of eminent domain on Sunday, saying it is needed for vital public projects.

"You know, if you didn't have eminent domain, you would haven't highways, you wouldn't have the Keystone pipeline, because they need it desperately if it's going to get built," Trump said on "Meet the Press." 

"You wouldn't have roads, you wouldn't have schools, hospitals," Trump said. "I mean, I don't love eminent domain, but you need eminent domain or you don't have a country."

Trump has been attacked for attempting to use eminent domain to force a woman to sell her house for a parking lot at an Atlantic City casino project in 1998. Trump said he ultimately gave up on the attempt because the woman didn't want to sell.

"I wanted to get the house to build a major building that would have employed tremendous numbers of people, but when the woman didn't want to sell, ultimately, I said forget about it," Trump said.

The New York Times reported
in 1998 that the case ended when a judge ruled against the condemnations.

Trump has defended the use of eminent domain for private use on the campaign as well.

"Let's say a person has a house or a person has a backyard and they're going to build a factory that's going to employ 5,000 people, and sometimes the city will use the power," the Washington Examiner quoted Trump telling a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa. "And by the way, if you don't get that property, they're going to go to another city, and they're going to spend millions of dollars and they're going to build a factory there, they're going to employ 5,000 people — but not in your city. Eminent domain is a positive thing. It's got to be used judiciously."

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GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended government's use of eminent domain on Sunday, saying it is needed for vital public projects. You know, if you didn't have eminent domain, you would haven't highways, you wouldn't have the Keystone pipeline, because they...
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