Cantor not sold on Trump's presidential aspirations
April 13th, 2011
12:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Cantor not sold on Trump's presidential aspirations

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Donald Trump is not "really serious" about being a 2012 presidential candidate because of his focus on the issue of President Barack Obama's birthplace.

Trump is not the Republican party's answer to winning the 2012 presidential election, Cantor told CNN's American Morning on Wednesday. "I don't think he is really serious, when we launch a campaign, a campaign launched on the birther issue, " Cantor said.

"It's very early on in the political season. I think that there's some very weighty issues that we're going to have to tackle," Cantor said. "What the American people are going to look for in a candidate for president in 2012 is I think someone who can be honest with the American people and face facts as far as the debt problem is concerned and lay out there what we're trying to do as Republicans in congress."

In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for first when Republicans were asked who they would support for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

High poll numbers aside, Cantor joins a list of politicos on both sides of the aisle predicting a negative future for Trump's presidential aspirations.

Republican Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour shrugged off the poll results on Tuesday, surmising that Trump aced the polls because unlike other GOP hopefuls, he is already a household name.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe told ABC's "This Week" Sunday that Donald Trump has "zero chance" of being elected president.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Eric Cantor
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  1. Larry

    The only benefit to be realized from most of these whackos running for president is a brief jump in salaries for those opportunistics people who work for them. The following have zero chance of becoming president:

    Sarah Palin
    Barbara Bachmann
    Donald Trump
    Herman Cain
    Haley Barbour
    Tim Pawlenty

    The unfortunate part is that much of the money spent on campaign costs will be donated by the same type of people who are already donating money so their religious leaders can live the good life.

    April 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Terry

    Why don,t you like Trump, Cantor? Your just as "Out of Touch with the American people as he is? Your oppinion means nothing. Just the super "Rich" will profit from your "Ideal". Thats It! vote no to both of you guys!!!!!

    April 13, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Where are the jobs the republicans promised they were to focus on??? They have deflected that question completely, it was a sham in order to regain power. The truth is there is no simple, easy fix to our humongous problems and President Obama was on track moving in the right direction to solving problems. Since that was good enough I am waiting on their master plan, still waiting..................

    April 13, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Point 1: Cantor is actually making sense for once.
    Point 2: Not necessarily relevent, but can someone explain Cantor's perptually constipated expression? He looks like Tony Blair after going to a oat bran festival.

    April 13, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Bill NY

    Who cares about Trump? WHERE ARE THE JOBS!?!?!?

    April 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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