(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump said he looked forward to meeting 2012 GOP hopeful Rick Perry-who he dined with Wednesday night-and has great respect for him along with a number of other people who have called and asked him for “a lot of different things including support.
In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer during “The Situation Room” Wednesday, Trump defended some of the longest running Texas governor’s more controversial words and actions.
On the executive order Perry signed requiring a vaccine for girls in Texas schools that guards against HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer, Trump said he’s “not sure if [Perry] would have done it again,” and the Texas chief executive “made a poignant statement, that he believes in saving lives,” when he spoke of the decision during CNN’s Tea Party Republican Debate Monday.
Though Perry has drawn fire for providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants, Trump said he believes “you’re either a citizen of the country or you’re not,” but that he also "can understand the other side of the equation.”
And Trump finds no fault in Perry’s characterization of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.”
“The fact is that I’ve heard some very smart liberal friends of mine say on television it is a ‘Ponzi scheme,’” Trump countered, showing there may be few things about Perry that have rankled the mogul the way they have other conservatives.
He weighed in on the current 2012 rumor mill, agreeing that the race may be between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Perry, and possibly Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. But he doesn’t believe 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will jump in-though he “like Palin a lot,” Trump “thinks she’s not going to run.”
“But I just don’t know and nobody knows, Trump admitted. “If she’s going to do something, she’s got to do it soon.”
Palin also met with Trump during a trip to New York in June while on her bus tour of the eastern seaboard. The two talked over slices of pizza. Perry and Trump will meet at a restaurant in one of Trump’s buildings.
If he isn’t confident in the GOP’s eventual nominee, the businessman has a backup plan.
Trump boasted of his ranking as “number one in the polls” before he announced he would not seek the GOP nomination in June, but didn’t discount the possibility that he may yet have a candidacy to declare.
“If the Republicans choose the wrong candidate…and if the economy continues to be bad…I will certainly consider [running for the presidency] as an independent,” Trump confirmed.
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2 idiots teas in the same pod.
The last thing Perry probably wants is support from Trump.
Trump also thinks Sarah Palin would make a fantastic President so you have to laugh at everything Trump does or says. Trump was clueless on China and OPEC so maybe Perry can stick his crotch in Trumps face and explain to him how the worldwide price of oil is set.
Parry and Trump are both a couple of jerks with a hair spray fetish.
Two of the most arrogant, mean spirited egos on the planet. They go together like Palin and Bachmann..
Moptop defends the Pretty Boy !! Awwwwh, ain't that sweet.
One con artist defending another,.. Trump is a parasite, looking to latch on to a juicy front runner for his own personal gain.
Trump defending Perry......That's news ? A conservative defending another one ?
Trump will endorse Romney. AND Romney will defeat Obama soundly.
Tell me again why we think Trump's opinion is worth the web space it is reported on? Trump's as about as relevant as his comb-over on a windy day.
CNN , that is the best photo , " Donald gone Wild "!
He "Donald Trump" would be great as the Scare Crow in the remake of the wizard of Oz.
Rick Perry , the Cowardly Lion.
Mitt Romney , the Tin Man
Michele Bachmann , Dorothy
Sarah Palin , Wicked Witch of the West .
Newt Gingrich , The Great Wizard !
I have seen cadavers with better hair then trump. Better ideas for government also.
Trump and Perry. Now there is a real pair of bozos.
Trump stated that he heard liberal friends say that Social Security is a ponzi sceme on TV. I'd like to know what show they were on and who said it. I doubt that Trump will be able to verify this lie. Besides, how many friends does Trump actually have that aren't like him?
This will be Like the movie Dumb and dumber. These two deserved each other. they are both IDIOT.
How unusual... a rich man saying something nice about an unethical political weasel who built a career around sucking up to the rich and powerful. Trump could get a tip from Perry about hair styles...
Well...this is a conversation between a monkey and a banana. Who wins? The clown...
Trump is the ultimate republican - whenever he has business dealings with anyone, he ends up richer while they end up MUCH poorer. He refuses to pay his contractors when he doesn't feel like it, he refuses to pay for his purchases because he feels that's for "lesser people" and he'll sue anyone who dares to tell him these things to his face.
Since when is anything these two have to say of any intelligent concern.
Right wing nut birthers are out of touch with reality. Donald, this means you! You are fired, go screw up China.
"...he believes in saving lives." BWAHAAHAAHAAA – there's at least 234 people who'd disagree with that statement.
Headline! "The two Sleezeballs come together!"
Perry and Trump = Dumb and Dumber!!!! The Teapublicans are so pathetic, but I love the debates to watch them eat their own.!!!!! Obama 2012!!!
Endorsed by trump . Condolences Perry