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. Jean 2

    Republicians "YOU ARE FIRED"

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    If McCain can use Paris and Britney against Obama...don't you think Obama could use Trump against McCain? That might be too sleazy, but a this point...who cares! I'm just waiting for Nov. 4 to come. Just a thought!

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. sarahinfla

    Of course he would he's rich...... it's just that simple.

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. WI Cheesehead

    This is an outrage! Palin's yahoo email has been hacked into.
    Can we talk about outing a CIA agent and the offenders are still roaming the halls of power?

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    And they call Obama an elitist???

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    Shocker...rich guy endorsing the guy who will give him tax cuts.

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Take the hat off...literally!

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. TKW-New Mexico

    I guess he heard the toilet flush this morning after Biden's comments. Looks like somebody is worried that they will have to downsize one of their many mansions. Millionaires for McCain! Come on Trump, be Patriotic and help out the poor! Now you will know how I feel when I look at my paycheck.

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. TODD

    Notice how all the rich people are supporting McCain. They know that the Old Geezer will excuse them from paying taxes for another 4 years.

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Adrian

    Just missed making a comment on Palin/McCain townhall meeting.
    John McCain has been calling for one with Mr Obama to debate their differences for some time now. At that time I believe he wanted exposure, and Mr Obama should not have done so.
    Is he so dumb that he does'nt realise he is having that request with his Vice-presidental canditate?

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    FED UP EX-BUSH and McCAIN SUPPORTER

    I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    September 18, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Bama for Obama

    Wow the rich endorsing McPain big surprise there.

    September 18, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    "everybody’s impressed"? I don"t think so!

    September 18, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Women for Obama/Biden

    Liten
    Rove is exploiting the media and every American talking about things we already knew weeks back. Now he his trying to get public attention. Go away we dont need you. we all know Para Failin is a FRAUD! to many baggages added to McShame's who couldnt move cos of his original baggages of no issues and no policies.
    Americans are begginning to see that all the War hero has left are his medals of dishonor, lies and deciet

    September 18, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    WHO CARES!!!! One millionaire endorsing another. Not surprising. With McCain he has more to gain than lose.

    September 18, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Great Expectations

    I expect Ms. Palin to be judged just as a MAN would be in the upcoming debates.

    She has considerable executive experience ... more than John McCain, is the commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard, is a working mother of 5 children, including one born to her at age 43. She has fought graff and been a reformer as the Mayor and Governor of a city and state.

    Mr. Biden better be careful that she doesn't make him look foolish in their up coming debate.

    We can count on Mrs. Paliln NOT HIDING behind her GENDER and taking Mr. Biden to task.

    September 18, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Angela

    LET'S TALK ABOUT SOMETHING WORTHY OF AIR TIME. PEOPLE ARE HURTING IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS A RESULT OF THE LAST 8 YEARS AND TRUMPCAIN HAVE NO CLUE!

    TRUMP IS SO LATE IN THE GAME; REALLY DOES IT MATTER? HE NEEDS TO ENDORSE THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN ALONG WITH HIS PRESIDENTATIAL CANDIDATE OF CHOICE. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08....

    September 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Jean 2

    Republicians "YOU ARE FIRED".

    Donald Trump "YOU ARE FIRED".

    Citizens of America

    September 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Sorry Mr. "Comb-Over" Trump. I don't buy your excuse for not supporting Obama. First and foremost, Trump is lying (or terribly uninformed) about Obama's tax plan. For those who make over $250,000 your taxes would go up under Obama's plan (back to the Clinton years rates).

    Secondly, Trump gave money to Hillary's campaign in which Hillary was also for raising taxes.

    The only thing that Trump said that probably had truth to it was that he has known McCain for a long time.

    September 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Andy

    Trump is a racist. If you support John McCain you are a racist. The cries from the lunatic left will continue like this for the next 60 days.

    September 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Don Jackson

    Now that "The Donald" has endorsed McCain, he can now officially start running with the likes of Lorenzo Lamas, Wilford Brimley and Pat Boone at McSame's celeb events. With hair like that, we should and would expect nothing less.

    September 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Steve

    PANIC HAS TRUCK! The rich will have to pay taxes for the first time in 8 years in OBAMA is President. LOL LOL LOL

    September 18, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Alisa--GA

    And who cares!!! He is a blooming idiot anyway!!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. ChrisP

    Who really cares!?!?!

    September 18, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Baze

    Jordan;

    Billionaires for McCain/Palin:

    Great quote!

    September 18, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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