Sen. Paul wants proof of Trump's GOP cred
April 28th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Sen. Paul wants proof of Trump's GOP cred

Washington (CNN) - While real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to raise doubt over Obama's presidential credentials, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky questioned Trump's legitimacy, not as an American, but as a Republican.

Speaking at a Merrimack County Republican Committee fundraiser on Thursday in Concord, New Hampshire, Paul said, "I've come to New Hampshire today because I'm very concerned. I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump's Republican registration."

"Seriously don't you think we need to see that?" Paul said, according to media reports.

The White House released Obama's birth certificate on Wednesday, after questions about the president's birthplace were repeatedly raised, most recently by Trump.

With the "Celebrity Apprentice" star busy questioning Obama's presidential qualifications, Trump's voting record and campaign contributions to Democratic candidates have also raised issues about his GOP credentials.

Records obtained by CNN earlier this week show that Trump changed his party registration three times over the past 20 years and did not cast a vote in the 2002 general election.

Paul's address also mentioned the thousands of dollars in donations that Trump gave to Democratic majority leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York, in the last election cycle.

According to media reports, Paul's speech centered around concern that attention garnered by GOP candidates like Trump, distracts from pertinent discussions about the deficit and economy.

"Let's look to Republicans who not only talk the talk but walk the walk," Paul said. "If we find the right candidate I see no reason why we can't win in 2012."

Paul recently toyed with the idea of joining the pack of Republicans contending for the 2012 presidential bid, until his father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas announced his exploratory committee earlier this week.

"He's my landlord in Washington. Can you imagine the family strife if we ran against each other?" Paul said according to media reports. "I'm afraid that I could be kicked out of my apartment."

Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Donald Trump • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. CNNLover

    Well, Trump DOES have the bigot part down...

    April 28, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Trump needs to actually talk about the issues instead of this birther crap that has been disproven many times.

    As for Rand Paul, if he can't see that Trump, as a businessman, wouldn't do what he can to get people to support his goals, then he doesn't understand things very well. The people that Paul is concerned about were people who had sway over business interest that Trump had. You can't be that BLIND, can you?

    April 28, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Stacey

    Ahahaha! Okay, Rand Paul, I think you're nutty too, but go for it! Get that long form!

    April 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. sandra

    uh-oh...The Donald will probably post an op-ed in some newspaper denouncing Rand Paul...he won't be able to help himself.

    April 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is a problem for Mr. Trump. There's a pit bull coming for you.
    (That is meant as a compliment toward the young Senator. He is most passionate and committed to his beliefs. He will get the answers he seeks, even if he has to conduct a Congressional hearing to do it.)

    April 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Dale

    The Republican party is self-destructive– they stir up birther conspiracy theories that make themselves look loony, then nominate wingnuts like Sara Palin. They vote in rich, corrupt corporatists, thinking that somehow will help the little people ie trickle-down economics. They are self-destructive. So what else is new?

    April 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Trump is acting like a neo-MORON. Just what more cred is there to be considered a serious GOPer?!! Or is Rand saying that Trump hasn't acted stupid enough yet, or that Trump hasn't said and done as many stupid things as Rand himself has?

    Rand says "walk the walk"......maybe he wants Trump to walk right into that brick wall of reality, facts, and dispassionate analysis that has embarrassed so many of these Teatard politicians.

    April 28, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. ted

    I think we need full disclosure about Trump's bankruptcies, the long form details of why he is divorced so many times and long form depositions from his ex wives, a long form statement from his hairdresser about his goofy combover and we need to see the originals of his birth certificate, his high school diploma and a diploma and transcript from the colleges he attended. The guy is a bombastic arrogant pompous buffoon and is a memberof the far right wing delusional TEA Party lunatics.

    April 28, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Mikey

    Proof?? Perhaps the results of an IQ test. I guess Rand is gesturing to show that if it's small, he probably does have GOP cred. Trump should pass with flying colors.

    April 28, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Kenny

    Kicked out of the apratment and made homeless? Hummmmmmm, now there's an idea. Go for it Senator Paul.

    April 28, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Name sobe diva

    Check trumps donation history. Butters his bread on both sides. dems get more action.

    April 28, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We all know Rand Paul is a legitimate racist who doesn't like the Civil Rights Act because he used it as his race card to win Kentucky. Even though I don't agree with Trump, but I sure hope he exposes the real Rand Paul because he's a racist first and a Republican second.

    April 28, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Martha in CF

    Hey, way to be the guy who finally addresses the Donald........Watch out though cause he is nasty and demeaning to anyone who gets in his way.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 28, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    So Rand, is President Obama an american citizen or not? Yes or no? No wishy washy answers

    April 28, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Average Joe

    So the GOP wants Hispanics to show their papers and now their going to demand proof of credentials for other things as well (birth cert, Republican cert, baptism cert, etc). They should just jump right to the end game and start demanding proof of Aryan ancestry.

    Got Fascism?

    April 28, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    My God – A Republican with a sense of humor.

    Don't be afraid Senator Paul, come and tell us where you are really from...

    April 28, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Good for the GOP/Tea Party! Trump, Palin, and Bachmann continue to dominate the media with their outlandish and absurd comments. Serious 1st tier candidates like Romney and Huckabee will find it harder to get the public's attention. The GOP/Tea Party primary season will be a three ring political circus.

    April 28, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Thank God I am a Democrat

    First and will probably be the only smart thing this guy says.

    April 28, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. peace

    hey fool your dad is to old to the president as for trump he can give money and vote for who he want to you racist fools don"t rule us.

    April 28, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Charlie from the North

    Sen Paul, My Dad always used to say"even a broken clock is right twice a day". Welcome to your moment. I believe that Trump is a business man but that's about it. He wants to run America like one of his many busineses.

    If his pat is any indication his plan must be to run America into the ground, declare bankruptcy and start another country. I don't know of ant Republican or Democrat that thinks that is a good idea.

    April 28, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. josephine

    Trump can run for top dog with the KKK. Am sure he will have no problem winning that position.

    April 28, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Maybe someone should ask for Mr. Trump's bill of health. There are not many explanations for the Trumpeter's outbursts over the past month or so. He's either in failing physical health, failing mental health, completely drunk, or he's trying to pull the biggest scam in history. Just sit back and watch Sen. Paul get all of these answers, and more.

    Trump has succeeded where none other has managed before. He has upset every political party.

    April 28, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Jake

    HA! HA! HA! this is going to be amazing! Go GOP! (and thanks so much on focusing on jobs and the economy, you pack of losers!)

    April 28, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Melinda

    I'd like to see the loony bin's certificate of release for Rand Paul.

    April 28, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. al in memphis

    Some where out there today, a teacher made a breakthrough with a struggling student who was about to give up on education. That's news that really matters, because that the type of stuff we would like to duplicate and spread.
    Instead, we get this 24/7 recycle of partisan garbage from people who think its okay not to come up with solutions.

    April 28, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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