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. Todd

    Like this old has-been has any "clout". Get real, Donald's an IDIOT!

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    MCGREEDY HAS ALWAYS WORKED FOR THE

    TRUMPS OF AMERICA. NO SURPRISE HERE.

    THEY CAN SIT AROUND & COMPARE HOUSES

    WHILE THE REST OF US LOSE OUR HOUSES,

    JOBS, RETIREMENT FUNDS, & DIGNITY.

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Shocking, Mr. Combover supporting another Rich guy with a trophy wife.

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Debra

    Of course Trump is for McCain!! Like Bush, McCain will protect the rich and tax them less. Look who McCain is married to, a very wealthy woman.

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Alice

    I wonder how long the Donald would keep Sarah on The Apprentice before he cut her?

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. So What

    So What Mr. Trump. You are for McCain/Palin so McCain won't tax you more. You are a loser.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. OBSERVE

    He will get more tax cuts. Elitist John..........

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Stacey T., Lowell, MA

    Shocking.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. dematheart

    Trump's hair style (!) is a perfect way to describe the way McShame thinks.

    OBAMA 08

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Farmer Scott

    One should take notice when someone like Trump endorses McCain.

    Run quickly in the opposite direction. Now I know Obama is a great decision!

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Jack 64 year old

    Looks like the Donald got this one wrong!

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. American

    Trump wants McLame?.....one loser knows another...now I feel even more confident that Americans are going to choose the right man......OBAMA!

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Purple Nurple

    The rich guy endorsing the rich guy canidate....OMG CNN breaking new huh......

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    Heaven forbid we listen to the people who are actually successful. Gasp.

    September 18, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. sarah not palin

    well of COURSE he does, he's in the top 1% tax bracket that will pay more taxes with Obama and being the money hungry materialist that he is, he's going to follow the green and back whoever will get him off the tax hook.

    September 18, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Hummm

    I think its rather funny and great that the riches 2%, a barroness and a man that named his son barron, are behind McCain. Because they will keep their riches, but us all at rish makes tons, and leave us with the bag!

    Of course all the bankers and real estate big wigs are behind McCain...his record of deregulation and KEATING 5 scandle prove that he is for the rich!

    September 18, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Paul Dobro

    Billionares for McCain 08!

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. AmericanGirl

    Yeah. that's a shock. TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH!!!
    Maybe McCain can recruit Trump to bail out Wall Street like he bailed out Ed McMahon.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Cam

    Does anyone else wonder why if McCain is saying he's going to root out the corruption and greed that all the greediest and corrupt people are lining up to support him as President? Does anyone find that a bit odd?

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Paul

    Who needs or even wants an endorsement from someone like Donald Trump. Donald hasn't carried any respect for years.
    GO OBAMA

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Truth Hurts

    She did nor exite me at all

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Mary Ellen

    I always though Trump was an idiot and this proves it

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    And there's your answer on the economy.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. mitchell

    he's the epitome of greed.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Cyrus K.

    Oh wow...someone from the upper 5% of this country endorses McCain/Palin! Shocker!

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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