Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney
March 12th, 2012
10:14 AM ET
6 years ago

Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney

(CNN) – For their decision to remain in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump called the other Republican candidates "disgraceful."

The real estate mogul said it is time for Republicans to unite around the eventual nominee Romney to avoid aiding President Barack Obama's re-election.

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"If they're good Republicans they're going to say, 'Look, we've got to beat Obama, lets get together,'" Trump said Monday on Fox News. "Somebody has to get together and end this thing because now it's getting tiresome and people are not liking it. The only one liking it is Obama."

Trump, who flirted with his own presidential bid earlier in the year, pushed back against recent Santorum wins.

"He's not winning … he's not going to win and it's just not going to happen," Trump said, after pointing to his 2006 Pennsylvania Senate loss. "At a certain point you have to get behind a person and you have to start going after Obama, not each other. And what Republicans are doing is disgraceful."

He acknowledged the energizing component of a primary battle but said the process should end now.

"Romney's going to win, and I think it's now time for us to focus on Obama, which we're not doing," Trump said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney • Republicans
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Republicans should hope that the primaries go on much longer. As soon as it is Romney vs Obama, it will be obvious how pathetic of a candidate Romney is. Let the facade go a while longer.

    March 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Tom in the Great NW

    Donald, my boy, WE ARE UNITED..........TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BARAK H. OBAMA !!
    .. with a fierce eye on that BIG HAIR, Tom in the Great NW.

    March 12, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Stop the Charade

    Sad day for America when the likes of Donald (Bankruptcy Act) Trump thinks that he is a kingmaker.

    March 12, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Why should any Republican pay heed to what Trump says? Trump has covered every side of every issue more frequently than he declares backruptcy or finds a new wife, and he has still not said whether or not he would run as an independent. The irrelevant screaming at the indescribeable.

    March 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. jb1963

    The need Newt to exit. If he wins miss and or Alabama it will throw the race into chaos. This is way to good. I hope they go to the convention and then have Sarah throw her panty's in the ring. I still don;t know why they are all trying to be the one to lose to Obama

    March 12, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The REAL Truth

    Why should the others get out of the way for Romney? Isn't that the whole point of the circus we get every four years?
    See who comes out on top. Romney doesn't have near enough delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination.
    Here's the approximate delegate arithmetic. What percentage of remaining delegates they need to win to have a lock.

    1. Gingrich needs to win over 70% of the remaining delegates.
    2. Santorum needs to win over 60% of the remaining delegates.
    3. Romney needs to win over 50% of the remaining delegates.
    4. Ron Paul is not mathematically eliminated, but factoring his chances gives me headaches.

    The math would seem to suggest that the race is kind of close, that anyone could pull it off. The truth is that no one has been mathematicaly eliminated because more than half of the total delegates are yet to awarded. Here.s the Romeny spin on the matho. Romney has more delegates than everyone else combined, which means that Romney is winning more than 50% of the delegates. If Romney continues to win like that, then he wins the nomination with more than enough.

    March 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. george of the jungle

    crazy trump is one of the reasons the repo party is loosing members. They let idiots like him endorse candidates. like that means something?? For all his money he has been bankrupt several times too. His reality show has helped him and the stupid people that watch it are supporting this nut job. Say what you will about the democrats but the republican party has it all over them with nut job clowns. Its almost like being a repo means you have to leave common sense and morals at the door. Just bring money and we love you.

    March 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Joi Gibson

    Blah, blah, blah, blah. This guy is a tool who loves to get on TV and listen to himself tell everyone else what to do because, as you know, he is just the smartest person alive – according to him anyway. All the Republicans should quit and let President Obama continue to move this country in the right direction.


    March 12, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. bluedogboy

    Six months ago he didn't like Romney. Now he does. I guess Romney didn't kiss his spray-tanned butt enough.

    March 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Gabriel

    LOL.. the last time Triumph endorsed Romney, he lost 3 states in a row to Santorum. If I'm Romney I would stay far away from Trump. He is poison! Most Southern rural social conservatives are already apprehensive about Romney and his out of touch persona, the last thing he needs is seen following the advice of a loser billionaire New Yorker.

    March 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Woman In California

    Donald why don't you look at Willard from the front (for a change) instead of from behind and than maybe you'll see what the rest of us do and RUN AWAY from this guy.

    March 12, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. @home

    It sickens me how this guy has so much money.. He pulls the same kind of business stunts that Romney does.. He has to poke his nose in and get his name on the headlines... what an egomaniac. Who cares what he thinks.. if anyone does your nuts.

    March 12, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Dr. Knowitall: LOL! It's happenned to me on occassion as well. Go figure!

    March 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Mario

    Didn't Trump change his voting status from Republican to Independent? Why does he care about their primary any more? He took his ball and went home when they wouldn't show up for his debacle... er debate.

    March 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    If Donald Trump is such a good businessman, why does he spend untold hours of his valuable time on a reality TV show?

    March 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Stacey

    Now hurry up boys and do what your Master Clown Ring Leader tells you. Drop out! LOL!

    March 12, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Don't Worry Republics . . .

    you can always hire Da Donald to send a crack team of investigators to Hawaii to find the real birth certificate. . .

    March 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Jeff in TX

    Blowhard must have a new season of "The Apprentice" underway. No other reason for his head to pop up. God knows it's not because he cares about anything other than himself and his show's ratings. Just ignore him.

    March 12, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. mommytwice

    He says they're not focusing enough on Obama? That's all the GOP can focus on!! They have said virtually nothing about their own views and ideas and instead obsess over Obama. They really are willing to keep millions out of work to put 1 man out of a job.

    March 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Terry - Indiana

    Let's see, Trump has declared bankruptcy more times than any of the contestants on his shows. Trump knows less about politics than he does about running a business. Anyone can point a finger when there is failure, a real manager takes the time to teach employees why they failed, and encourages them to eliminate failure going forward. "You're Fired" might be the dumbest thing I have heard from a man who has trouble balancing his checkbook.

    March 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Big B

    Trump go bankrupt again!!! nobody cares what you think!

    March 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. ja

    trump ego is just as big as the other incompotent players, no rush, now trump

    March 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    THE DONALD just wants the candidate in the race that will revise the tax code to best favor him. As all the other Republican candidates have decried the Vulture Capitalism as practiced by both Governor Romney and THE DONALD, he is literally banking everything on Mittens the Wonder Flipper.

    March 12, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. AEK

    I'm sorry, I don't think I'm familiar with this Trump gentleman. Seems there was another woman mentioned last week too, Sarah something. Wonder where they keep coming up with these irrelevant unknown people?

    March 12, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Max

    Trump again??? Palin again??? Pathetic!

    If it's not Trump, it's Palin. Why are these two 'dumb bells', along with Limbaugh the 'baffoon' the major spoke persons for the Republican? It that ALL there is???


    March 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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