October 4th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump says he's not behind mysterious NH poll

(CNN) – Business mogul Donald Trump is making clear he had nothing to do with a mysterious poll in New Hampshire that, according to TIME Magazine, asked Granite State voters about a potential Trump presidential bid.

"I never heard of this poll but I'm anxious to find out what it says. I do not know about a poll taken in New Hampshire," Trump said Monday on CNN's "American Morning."

The comments came a day after TIME's Mark Halperin reported New Hampshire residents had fielded calls in September in which they were asked about several potential 2012 Republican contenders, including Trump. Voters were also asked a series of background questions on their opinion of the famous Wall Street billionaire, including whether they were aware he has donated to Democratic candidates in the past.

News of the poll immediately prompted speculation Trump himself may be considering a GOP presidential run, a move that has the potential of turning an already wide-open race upside down.

But speaking on "American Morning," Trump suggested a presidential run isn't in the cards.

"It's not something I talked about or consider, but somebody has to do something or this country is not going to be a very great country for long," he said.


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  1. Jen

    Newsflash: Trump is a liar.

    October 4, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. truth

    The Donald for president, please give Americans a break. He is such a loud mouth hyprocrite. Who wants a bully for president. Everyone in the media is afraid of him. Not one single outlet will confront his big mouth and his big ego. Will CNN ever report real news again? Folk it is time to turn the channel to MSNBC and leave it.

    October 4, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. martin

    Happens to me all the time- somebody anonymously funds a voter survey to examine my viability in a presidential campaign. I'm sure it's happened to many others as well.

    October 4, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Mike in CA

    Trump as President...??? The day that happens is the day I start house-hunting in Canada.

    October 4, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Indy

    Thank God there is no chance of Trump running for POTUS. It is high time people take this seriously. This is no place for celebrities like Sarah Palin,Donald Trump or Paris Hilton. These are serious times and the position of POTUS is very important and it is the dumbing down of America by the Republicans and Tea Party that have people wasting energy on thoughts of a celebrity being POTUS.

    October 4, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. mike

    The old Donald is full of crap if he thinks that someone else other than him would spend the time and money to do a survey and he claims that he did not know anything about is a complete joke

    October 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. fayse1

    Donald Trump? Please, we have enough problems with all of the politicians that we already have who, have knowledge of how government works. We certainly don't need Mr. Trump muddying up the waters.

    October 4, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Great idea!

    Trump would be a zillion times better than that inept empty suit, Obama.

    October 4, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    I seriously doubt he has any interest in the job, whatsoever.

    October 4, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Jim

    Donald Trump is too smart to run for president.

    October 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. welitta

    It's Trump and billionaires like him who are making this country not so good. Taking money, havings affairs and the like! What has he done for America other than try to get all he can get and not help anyone else!? Greed filled maggot! Just shut up!

    October 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. gar

    Obama doesn't understand, he's been a failure. We need to cut entitlements, invest in infrastructure. We should make the tax flatter, rich should pay more and higher percent than poor but everyone should have to work and everyone should have to pay some taxes. We need to spend money on education, test more, fire bad teachers, expand the school year and have fewer students per teacher. Raise the retirement to 70, etc etc etc. We need leaders with economic vision. Obama has been a disappointmet.

    October 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. LeeVa

    Great. All we need need is Trump in office with a Republican House and Senate. Capital Gains and Dividends taxes will be cut to zero and business and wage taxes will rise.

    October 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. 4QAll

    I would'nt vote for this guy if he was running for Dog Catcher

    October 4, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Sadie

    Yeah just what we need a Reality Show type President, just like Palin......sure he thinks this country is going down the tubes fast......all the Big Money people, Big Businesses, Big Corporations do.......it affects their pocket books......but having them in control affects the mid class pocket book, so I'll vote against any Tea Bagger or Republican because they don't have the interest of the working class in their agenda......only their Party and their Rich backers........

    October 4, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. bjohnson

    I dont care whether any candidate is either Rep, Dem, Independent, race, color, rich or poor as long as he or she is willing to do what is best for the US and get us back on track in remaining the largest super power and best at everything, including our jobs, and superior military, and trade markets. Mr. Trump has all the qualities of a good leader, he is already rich so its not about money but doing what is good for the US and its citizens. He is highly respected in both domestic and foreign economics and world leaders. He brings about his Christian proclamation not Muslim ideology or fear of where he worships,and is tough.

    October 4, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Hugo

    Trump is a risk taker and there is multiple bankruptcies in his past to prove it.

    We're better off electing the other guy

    October 4, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Ellid

    The mere idea that anyone, anywhere, at any time, could consider an amoral chump like Donald Trump as a presidential candidate speaks volume about the idiocy that passes for political discourse in this country.

    October 4, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Why not? He's just as corrupt incompetent and valueless as the rest of the potential Republican candidates.

    October 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Jeff S

    I don't think he'd be allowed to win. I can't see there being any dirt on Trump that he would be embarassed by. Plus, he's got loads of his own money. Doesn't seem he'd be very easy for the Evil Ones to control.

    October 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. LIP

    I'd vote for Trump in a second if my only other choice was Obama, someone with no business sense and someone who hires people to run our economy that are all tax cheats.

    October 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump isn't losing any money, in fact he like the rest of the rich made more money during the financial crisis. In fact the blame placed on the poor for the housing crisis is incorrect. It was the billionaire homes that dumped bad loans back into the mortgage companies and not your little $250,000 home or less.

    October 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Gary N

    So according to a story I read a few days ago Trump is better at picking losers in his "reality" game show than winners. And these people think he could lead a country? Shall I bang my head against the wall or just be happy that I have common sense?

    October 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. T, California

    When people saw that Obama won Dems primary electrion (Dems is a party that has most of educators, middle class peole and union), people immediately recognize that American society is going to new direction. A direction that anyone can be a president as soon as you can make people like you. Sarah Palin stepped in based on that assessment and then many more will come on board. Media play an important role and when many big media tried to promote Michelle Obama as one of the most beautiful women, people realize that true is not an important factor for American mediia anymore, but it is waht they want to say. Then what is wrong with someone as Mr. Trump for President? He got enough money to pay media and to make people like him (same as Oprah Winfrey gave gifts to audiences)

    October 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. doight

    In the comb over category Trump wins hands down. When it comes to being a President of a Country it gets too windy for the comb over.

    October 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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