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.