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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump displays a copy of the Union Leader newspaper while addressing an audience during a campaign event Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, is the latest target of Trump's attacks against the news media. (/Steven Senne/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump displays a copy of the Union Leader newspaper while addressing an audience during a campaign event Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, is the latest target of Trump's attacks against the news media. (/Steven Senne/AP)
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In the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, there's a curious dynamic playing out. The presumed front-runner, Donald Trump, is benefiting from lots of free media attention — largely because of the controversial things he says.

Case in point: the escalating war of words between Trump and New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader. The venerable conservative daily has endorsed Chris Christie for president. And, this week, published a front page editorial accusing Trump of insulting the intelligence of New Hampshire voters.

Publisher Joe McQuaid calls Trump "a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy," and compares him to the grownup bully, "Biff," from "Back To The Future."

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Ken Rudin, former NPR political editor and host of Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie. He tweets @kenrudinjunkie.

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  • “Trump has shown himself to be a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of President of the United States than one of the goons he lets rough up protesters in his crowds.'"

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  • “Other candidates have gained public and media attention by speaking bluntly. But it's important when you are telling it like it is to actually know what you are talking about. Gov. Christie knows what he is saying because he has experienced it.'"

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  • "Can Ted Cruz trump front-runner Donald Trump? What does Sen. Lindsey Graham’s announcement that he’s getting out of the Republican race mean for the party? And what happened during the Democratic debate on Saturday?'"

This segment aired on December 29, 2015.

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