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. Bill

    The mere fact that this clown is even commenting on the Trump issue is because they are concerned about his candidacy and the continued fracturing of their party. The increasingly large field of unelectable candidates is laughable, at best. Keep it up GOP!

    April 13, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. notfooledbydistractions

    Trumps "candidacy" is a clown show. It's an outright display of his cynicism of the American voters – he's playing them like lemmings with his birther schtick and laughing AT them and their gullibility. I've heard enough from this clown to last me a lifetime.

    April 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    For once this weasel is right. We all know what Trump's aspirations are and they are not serious.

    April 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Everyone knows Trump is a clown. I wish I knew the method to his madness. But I keep coming to the conclusion that he's a bigot.

    April 13, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Russ

    The first thing Cantor has said in a long time that makes sense!

    April 13, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Ohio Man

    It's funny how now all of a sudden it's all about the debt. wasn't the whole idea of the repubs getting into office about creating JOBS.. hmm we still have not heard anything about that "Four and The Door" ... all they have been doing is cutting this cutting that which will result in more job loss but i guess thats what they want so that the Prez can look bad in 2012, just wondering when they plan on creating a Jobs bill, but i guess thats not important right now since we only have a yr 1/2, these guys have gotten a free pay check for the last 2 yrs but they always say they doing the wil of the american people and this is what they got elected to do.. lol .. problem is no1 ever takes mid term election serious but i bet they will next time as u can see all across america people r upset as to what these new tea party people r doing to strip working middle class peoples rights and saying we have to do this to get us back on track but at the same time keeping the Rich snugged & safe with tax cuts.. just to funny but sad

    April 13, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Like any adept conservative politician, his words carry a double-edge. What it sounds like he is saying, is not what he is actually saying.

    He is actually saying that he knows that Republicans would loose in 2012 in a landslide if they built a platform on the birther issue. He is also saying that Trump can never be a serious candidate because of financial disclosures. Trump did this prior to the 2000 elections to help put a Republican in the White House. He dropped out when time came to dislose finances, and he was to cheap to spend his own money on his own campaign.

    What about the misrepresentation Cantor told on "Morning Joe" this morning about how the Bush Tax Cuts created jobs, and that the policy was hurt by the economic downturn following the WTC attacks and wars. Uh. Were not the Bush Tax Cuts supposed to stimulate the economic because of the downturn? Was not the economy rolling along just fine when they were enacted? Cantor put the horse in front of the cart.

    April 13, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Marjee123

    If Cantor had to run in the whole country he would never win a seat. He is from Farwells district. And before he passed away he scared the crap out of most of them and they voted for Cantor. He is in the hot bed of repression and religious fevor. And when you have religious nut jobs they always vote for the most out landish candidates.

    April 13, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. TEE

    Eric Cantor & the facts are polar opposites, this will be a better place, and we can have an adult conversation about anything when any Repub can speak with independent thought..

    April 13, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    You really have to give Cantor credit for the being smooth with the words, though. Seriously, this no satire or joke. If you don't think he's smooth then you need to turn your headlights on.

    April 13, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. sammieb51

    I say to Mr. Trump: TAKE THE BIRTHER ISSUE TO A COURT OF LAW AND SEE HOW THEY RULE. Be careful though, one person in California ended up paying court costs of $20K as they "penalty" for wasting the court's time.

    April 13, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. diridi

    I do not care for his opinion anyway, because he too is an idiot....that's it....I hides all the time behind John Boehner...did you see in value, no self idiot...

    April 13, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. mgc florida

    "someone who can be honest with the american people" Seriously this from him? laughable at best. He and Boener are sleazy, lying self serving idiots. What a joke!

    April 13, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Bob in PA

    Congress should be demanding to see Omama's birth certificate.
    They required John McCains didn't they?

    Ask yourself why we can't see any of Obama's college records and why he has spent so much money in legal fees preventing the American Public from seeing his official birth record. Show it, the issue is resolved, and you can then call us all "stupid birthers". Until that time, you have no argument.

    April 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Roscoe

    Donald Trump and his Birther Freak show needs to go on tour...maybe he could create a rat pack of sorts.....Bachman, Palin, O'Donnell, and Trump. They'd be a hit all over the South.

    April 13, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Haven't you noticed how the Grand Old Tea Party is trying to slide out of the birther issue? They know it is a recipe for a Democratic landslide in 2012.

    Rubio has spoken out against Trump. Even Glenn Beck has spoken in disfavor of Trump. Trump is being leading himself out into the front line to build hate and dislike. That means opinion polls folks. Then Trump will slide out of the picture at time when he must declare himself. He will allow himself to made out to be the scape goat of all of the negative rhetoric. But, the damage in the polls will have been done. Mission accomplished.

    April 13, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let Trump show his assets and liability statements and I bet they're very questionable. Trump's reality show is no more than his personal polling tool to determine if he should run and this will out smart him.

    April 13, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. ART

    I think Trump need to release his financials, I would be curius to see how many loop holes he uses when filing his taxes to get out of paying his fair share

    April 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. eunice

    Cantor and Trump both need to shut up....Especially TRUMP. I'm tried of his hair falling in his face, his turned up lips and most of all, HIS AGGREVATING MOUTH with the birth nonsense. Don't those JERKS have any ideas on how to create jobs instead of complaining about President Obama? boy......talking about losers.

    April 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. rusty155

    The Republican have been saying for Six Years now that the Bush tax cut will bring Jobs. I don't know about you but I haven't see any how about you. I think It time to get rid of the Bush tax cut , and have the Rich help with these budget cut. How about you.

    April 13, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    The GOP-Tea Party is afraid Trump is gonna win the Republican presidential squarehead Cantor is essentially doing the dirty work of throwing Trump under the bus early in the process!

    Why didn't he make the same comments about airhead Sarah Palin?...she is a far BIGGER clown than this freakshow scammer Trump!!!

    April 13, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    What Cantor really means is the following: "Trump got it backwards. You're definitnely not supposed to come out swinging on the birther issue or you look like a nutjob and can't be taken seriously. You're supposed to first establish yourself as a 'Very Serious Person.' That way, you can't be called crazy when you later make a carefully hedged statement that does not commit you to the birther camp, but makes you sound open minded to the very 'real' imaginary possibility that Obama is a secret muslim born in Kenya who was carefully placed in Hawaii 40+ years ago, complete with birth records and newspaper announcements, so he could later be ushered through the top schools in this country/the world and given mind-control brain surgery on his way to being elected a state senator, a US Senator, a propped-up manchurian candidate for president and, eventually, President Anti-Christ whose sole goal is to turn the United States into a soshulist muslim caliphate where everyone has a weekly abortion but isn't allowed to have a gun."

    You have to read between the lines. Rest assured, Cantor LOVES the birthers as much as the rest of his party does...he just can't say it in so many words. Besides, Trump's screwing up their 2012 plans big time with his imbecilic PR stunt presidential campaign.

    April 13, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Sniffit


    Been done. Been thrown out all over the place...even the SCOTUS. It's political feces, nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, you can't put the sh-t back in the dog.

    April 13, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Jay

    Go Trump Go. Keep arguing for Birthers.

    My fellow Dems and Obama supporters...he's doing us a favor. The more this guy gets on the airwaves and utterly exhausts the issue the less it will be an issue in the future.

    Go Dump Go...I mean Trump.

    April 13, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. ted

    Trump has yet to reveal any details regarding his investigation of Obama's birth that are incriminating or share anything new. Trump is a pompous arrogant egomaniacal delusional rightwing lunatic and Cantor/Boner/McClownell deserve him because the THREE OF THEM WILL NOT JUST COME OUT PUBLICLY AND TELL EVERYONE THAT OBAMA'S BIRTH HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED AND PROVEN TO BE LEGAL AND IN THE US and tell the tea potty and the rest of the lunatics to leave the subject alone. They are wusses and are merely stoking the fires. Jerks.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 13, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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