Trump admits he may have lost Iowa because of debate snub
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Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Scaramucci let his passion get the best of him OPINION | Michael Steele: Yes, GOP will own ObamaCare failure Overnight Finance: House passes spending bill with border wall funds | Ryan drops border tax idea | Russia sanctions bill goes to Trump's desk | Dems grill bank regulator picks MORE acknowledged Tuesday that his snub of Fox News’s GOP debate last week may have caused him to lose the Iowa caucuses.

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"That could've been with the debate," Trump said in Milford, N.H. "I think some people were disappointed that I didn't go into the debate."

But Trump said he has no regrets, noting he brought in $6 million for veterans’ groups at the fundraising event he did instead of the debate.

The billionaire businessman said he still did “very well” in Iowa despite finishing in second behind rival Ted CruzTed CruzFour GOP senators threaten to block ‘skinny’ repeal Trump sounds like Pete Wilson — and that scares Calif. GOP Bare-bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate MORE, saying expectations were too high.

“I guess what did happen is one poll came out that said we were 4 or 5 points ahead and maybe built up a false expectation for some people,” he said.

"People didn't talk about my second place. They didn't talk about it as positively as they should have."

Asked whether the loss in Iowa hurt Trump’s brand as a winner, he responded: “I think my brand's doing great.”