September 18th, 2008
08:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Trump endorses McCain

Trump also said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had rejuvenated the Republican Party.
Trump also said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had rejuvenated the Republican Party.

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump is endorsing Sen. John McCain: “I’ve known him. I like him. I respect him. He’s a smart guy and I think he’s going to be a great president,” Trump said Wednesday night on CNN’s Larry King Live. “I endorse him.”

Watch: Trump backs McCain

Trump also had praise for McCain’s decision to pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. “I think she’s made a tremendous impact. The impact that she has had on rejuvenating almost the Republican Party, it’s been unbelievable.”

Trump also confided that he did not know who Palin was before McCain asked her to join him on the GOP ticket. “As soon as we got to see her and watch her, everybody’s impressed,” said Trump. “That really is to John McCain’s credit. What he did in this choice is amazing. . . . It was a courageous choice.”

Trump may have announced his endorsement last night, but he voted with his pocketbook months ago; campaign finance records show Trump, who has donated to McCain for years, and gave the legal maximum to the Arizona senator in May. The same month, the members of Trump’s family — wife Melania Knauss and children Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric — also gave McCain the maximum individual donation allowed under federal campaign finance laws.

The New York mogul — who said Wednesday night that McCain was winning, but it would be a “different race” if Hillary Clinton were Obama’s running mate — was also an early financial supporter of his home state senator’s presidential campaign.


Filed under: Donald Trump • John McCain
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Nikki

    The rich get richer.

    September 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    o...how elitist lol.

    September 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Reason

    Trump is a douche. Obama 2008

    September 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. TC

    Of course Trump is endorsing McCain.

    Another rich, out of touch elitist who wants the candidate that will make him richer.

    No news here!

    September 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Never let them see you sweat....

    Who even cares?
    Next......

    September 18, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. iwasp

    Hmmm.... Another rich guy who wants his tax-cuts.

    Another reason I'm voting Obama!!

    September 18, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. AJ

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CCCCCCAAAAAAAARRRRRRREEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Tim

    And this is news why?

    September 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Of course he does! THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME HAIR STYLIST!

    September 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Foreign observer

    Of course he fears to pay more taxes. He is above 250 k per year !

    September 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. AVERAGE JOE

    BECAUSE HE CREATED THE BLACKBERRY

    September 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. fixthebroken

    Good for Donald Trump!

    Makes me feel a *whole* lot better about my pick – Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. john

    I guess he does endorse him. This bankrupt 80s has been needs a tax break or two.......DONT LET mccain win OBAMA 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Wow! Trump and Rothschild in the same week.

    Just wait for the endorsements from the Gettys, the Queen of England, Daddy Warbucks and the guy from Monoploy.

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Brian Rich

    Trump is a millionaire real estate developer. Of course he likes McCain – McCain favors the same real estate deregulation that would make Trump a richer man.

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. TX

    Loud-mouth tycoon real estate moguls like Trump are why the ECONOMY is in such a poor state today. Trump and McCain deserve each other.

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. DV

    OMG, a bazillionaire for McSame! What a freaking surprise! He's likely got his eyes on Palin too...

    DV

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Yes, we're all very impressed with Governor Congeniality.

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Valerie

    Surprise, surprise!

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Georgia Gal

    Well of course the Donald supports McCain – can you imagine how much his taxes would go up if Obama is elected??

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Democracynow2008

    This is news give me a break who cares who Trump wants to be President.

    Lets get back to real news that counts.

    Trump should stick to what he knows Casino's not Election Politics.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Ann, AK

    Oh big surprise CNN, tell us something we don't know. Why would Trump want government regulations? He wants lip service about government regs, then he wants McCain to do nothing, like he's been doing for 26 years.

    End of story, move on CNN

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Heidi

    And where was Trump all year long with others were seriously endorsing their candidate of choice.

    Give me a break...November 4th won't come soon enough.

    September 18, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Pamela McGregor

    Here's to Trump:
    Palin – a good pick. Like McCain: mesmerized by a former beauty queen.
    Maples, Ivana, etc : beauty queens/models who will outlive their so-called beauty.
    Trump: so shallow.

    September 18, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. K

    who cares
    He doesnt want his taxes to go up thats all
    Money is his sole concern

    OBAMA /BIDEN 08

    September 18, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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