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Donald Trump: I've evolved on several issues — just like Ronald Reagan

In the first Republican presidential debate, Fox News's Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump about some of his previous flip-flops on several issues, including abortion, gun control, and his party affiliation.

Kelly asked, "When did you actually become a Republican?"

"I've evolved on many issues over the years," Trump responded. "And you know who else has? It's Ronald Reagan — [he] evolved on many issues."

Trump went on to explain that he changed his stance on abortion in part because a friend of his decided not to have one, and the child is now "a total superstar." "What happened is friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted, and it wasn't aborted," he said. "That child today is a total superstar — a great, great child. And I saw that, and I saw other instances. And I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life."

Trump ultimately came back to Kelly's direct question, saying he became a Republican after seeing the results of President Barack Obama's time in office.