Trump to Iowa?
March 4th, 2011
08:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Trump to Iowa?

(CNN)-Donald Trump will compete in Iowa, if he decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

In an interview Thursday with the "Des Moines Register," Trump indicated that he would campaign aggressively in Iowa for the first-in-the-nation caucus and plans to visit the Hawkeye state soon, though he's still contemplating a formal bid for the White House.

Trump says he's got big goals for Iowa, telling the newspaper, "I will meet many, many people–maybe all of the people. If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody."

And he is not unaware of criticism that he may face on the campaign trail related to his personal history. The twice-divorced real-estate mogul said "One of the reasons I was divorced is because I worked very hard. And, you know, that's a good reason. But I worked very, very hard building up a great company. And it's a great company."

Trump also addressed hot-button issues in the interview, stating his support of gun rights as well as his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, though he admitted that his ideas on gay couples having access to the same benefits as married couples are "not fully formed."

He also sounded off on a favored talking point–U.S. trade with China.

"We don't need to be free trade with a company that's making a $300 billion profit," he said. Referring to other countries who benefit from military security offered by the U.S. he continued, "And nobody pays us. We're like the stupid drunkard that doesn't know what they are doing. So I will start with the fact that all of these countries that are sucking billions of dollars out of our lungs will not be doing that a week after I get into office."

Trump has stated that, should he choose to run, his campaign would be focused on business and foreign affairs. Though he was invited to GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa's Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines next month, which will attract other presidential hopefuls, Trump did not commit to attending, an indication of how undecided he may still be regarding a run.

"Ill take a look at that. I'm going to be there very soon," he said.

Donald Trump told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King that he would not make a decision until June during an interview on "John King, USA" in January.


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. NJfinest2009

    I like Donald Trump as long as he stays on TV

    March 4, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. NYC REPUB

    The economy is beginning to pick up steam. As this trend continues, all of these foul speaking men, will be left in the dust, and the incumbent president will surely be re-elected! Go America!
    Obama 2012!!

    March 4, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. BeverlyNC

    This is just his inflated ego. He is not going to run for President and he is not Presidential material. He make better use of his money by giving it to states where their school systems are in a financial crisis or by helping people with no jobs.

    March 4, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Abe Vigoda

    I will vote for Trump, just as I voted for Perot. We need a person in office who will run the country as a business! Who will take a "hands off" policy when it comes to how we live our lives and spend our money as individuals! Yeah he's loud and flamboient... but that's a good thing!

    March 4, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Jeesh

    Trump would be an interesting candidate. His thoughts on China are spot on, his vision to drive American manufacturing is outstanding and his belief in the purity of American Greatness is refreshing, especially in comparison to the current WH occupant. Bankruptcy...certainly can happen to those that take on great financial risk for the potential to reap phenomenal rewards. Divorce...does anyone really believe that is an issue anymore considering the divorce rate in todays society? I for one do not begrudge Trumps financial success, he employs a vast amount of Americans and embodies the American Dream. Will certainly give him a look to replace "The Apologetic Weak Disaster."

    March 4, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. American

    Careful Iowa...this one is known to leave a huge eyesore of rubble behind as Trump did in FL. The "great" company filed bankruptcy many times against the American taxpayer.
    No thanks.

    March 4, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. kakaraka

    Investing in real estate sucess is not a quality to be a president. What a dude?

    March 4, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Most of his ideas are not fully formed, but the Koch bros. can fix that. Once his told what to think, he will become one of the darlings of right wingnuttery.

    March 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Brainard

    Even though he went bankrupt and received a govt. bailout in the past, he has become a great businessman. Unfortunately, government isn't a business. We tend to think "Wow, he's rich, maybe he'll make us all rich too". Truth is, businessmen do not usually make great polititions.

    March 4, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. NVa Native

    This guy is a joke. As much as the Repubs want it to be true the American people are not stupid enough to let this narcissistic clown, or any other, buy the Presidency.

    March 4, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Bessy

    Oh Please ! This man is never going to run for president, and if he would decide to build his ego a little more and do so, he hasn't got a chance. How would he deal with congress and the senate ? Tell them " you're fired ". Hmn !! Now that I think about it, maybe that would be the way to handle some of those jokers.

    March 4, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Emerson

    " So I will start with the fact that all of these countries that are sucking billions of dollars out of our lungs will not be doing that a week after I get into office."

    Yes, those sound like the words of a thoughtful, delibertaive world leader. Why anyone would consider the nacissistic board room bully as being presidential material is very much a mystery. I guess that compared to the other GOP circus sideshow candidates, at least he's good at being greedy.

    March 4, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Brainard

    Even though he went bankrupt and received a govt. bailout in the past, he has become a great businessman. Unfortunately, government isn't a business. We tend to think "Wow, he's rich, maybe he'll make us all rich too". Truth is, businessmen do not usually make great polititions.

    March 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. mgc florida

    This clown is a joke! With that hair and his ego good fodder for all the comedians around the world.

    March 4, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Sara

    Well this should prove to be interesting to say the least.

    March 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ill take a look at that. I'm going to be there very soon," he said."

    Oh, Donald. You are too, too funny. Meanwhile, might I suggest wife #3 start covering up a bit in the chest area . . . Mike Huckabee is on the rampage, and HE's the one you are most likely going to have to beat in the primaries.

    March 4, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Adalbert

    This rich egomaniac will never make it.

    March 4, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. LouAz

    Iowa does not have an Airport big enough for Donalds's airplane or his hair. Unless there are buildings to be bought or sold, he will not be there. He is a Commercial Building Realtor, nothing more. He made his money the old fashioned way – he inherited it from his father.

    March 4, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I agree that we need to be more agressive with China, but I don't think Trump as president is the best way to do it. Maybe if he was a trade representative (or at least give them some pointers), then he could do something impressive. If companies would stop shipping manufacturing jobs over there just because it is cheaper, then we'd have a whole less of a problem.

    March 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Robert Cloosdoosch

    The ego has landed.

    March 4, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. fayse

    No Donald, you won't be shaking my hand. His obsession with China is misinformed. George Bush borrowed billions each mont from China to finance the wars. We owe China Billiions upon Billiions of dollars. If he were to target them and charge 25% import tax, the Chinese would "call" those loans and then we would be in an even worse mess. Donald Trump is an isolationist and, like it or not, we live in a Global economy. Together we can improve lives and living standards for our people as well as others. We can't shut down world trade because we do not manufacture enough goods to be self supported. We import and export millions of goods. Trump has no tact and a very narrow minded outlook. His personal life consists of bankruptcies and scandalous,messy divorces. That is of course his business, but we don't need someone like that to be the leader of the freeworld. As of today, it has been announced that the jobless rate is down to 8.9 and in case anybody has been watching it has been going down each month. The DOW is has been consistentlyt over 12000 for several months. The economy is on the road to recovery so please, don't rock that boat. American cannot afford to go backward to succeed we must keep moving forward.

    March 4, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |