Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney
March 12th, 2012
10:14 AM ET
3 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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth said that donald represents all that is wrong with his party. In truth, Donald only represent 5% of all that is wrong with the republican party.

    March 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    once I find myself agreeing with Truth...I would LOVE for Sarah Palin to get the GOP nomination. And I'm sure many other Obama supporters would as well

    March 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. dave

    ROFL! Just what Romney needs - an endorsement from the stock TV "Rich Guy" whining for everyone to just hand the other rich guy what he wants. I guess you can't buy self-awareness.

    March 12, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Kenny K

    I thought Donald Trump is no more a Republican? He mentioned "our" party when referring to Republican.

    March 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. yuri

    That said, we all can clamor for the glamor of Palin. A Palin/Trump ticket will be awsome to some and to us as well. So, go Palin/Trump and dump the rest and let them rest.

    March 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Charles Langdon

    Trump has morphed into a buffoon, a clown and a ridiculous political sideshow. Trump is sort of the ugly side of America.

    March 12, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. usualone

    Both love to fire people; so they belong together. Crude rich men who don't have an inkling of how to run the federal government. Always impatient - impatient to rush into war with Iran. Trump is just afraid Romney will come out with more gaffes.

    March 12, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. coyoteliberty

    Interesting.
    Given that Trump supporters are almost certainly the money behind the shadowy "Americans Elect" organization that is building a state by state ballot access for their "party" to enable Trump to jump into the race at the very last possible minute while avoiding the necessity of having to declare his intentions ahead of time...

    March 12, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. glorydays

    Who cares what this fish-lips thinks?

    March 12, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Love that photo. Daffy Donald providing a visual cue to help everyone understand that yes, it is his money and only his money that gets him the chicks.

    March 12, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Busted

    This reminds me of the stay the course attitude of the repubilcan party during the Iraq war. How many additional American soldiers died in Iraq because republican politicians did what was necessary for the party and not for this country?

    March 12, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. mactsr

    Can you say vice president Trump. The Romney-Trump team will finally tax relief for the 1%. We can't be taxing those job
    providers you know.

    March 12, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. liz48

    I thought he criticized Romney and is no longer a republican...this guy is a clown, if ever there was one...I cannot understand any media on this mess...

    March 12, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Primus

    Like him or not, he knows how to win any game he actually wants to win. I read his first book when it came out, back around the end of the 80's, and I'm glad I did.

    March 12, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Why doesn't romney quit for the other candidates? see donney, it goes both ways.

    March 12, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Dance This Mess Around

    When Trump was running, he was running hard right.
    He has already alienated independant voters.
    Running as an independant would get him nothing.

    March 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. crazypete

    Quote: "it's getting tiresome and people are not liking it." Hmmm... sounds like he's talking about himself.

    March 12, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Lardeau

    As much as I do not like this Trump guy he is correct. These Primaries cost everybody A BUNDLE !!!!!!!!! Disgraceful. Only Romney will get the nomination. That should be obvious. The rest of the candidates are egotists, not realists.

    March 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. kristin

    As if anything that comes out of his mouth matters. It's all as fabricated as his hair piece.

    March 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. stevetall

    Hot. Air. Bag. When will CNN stop making it seem as though this guy is actually news? He's not. His opinion of anything is just as valid as anyone else's, but his meglomania is over the top. Just another pinhead who used daddy's fortune to swindle his way to 'success'. Very droll.

    March 12, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Tom

    I guess he has to do whatever it takes to keep his name in the media. Maybe him and Kim Kardashian can put their ratings together to climb to the single digits.

    March 12, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Guess What

    another 1% supporting the other 1% with no respect for what the American people want, maybe, just MAYBE some of us Dont Like romney, the other white obama

    March 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Canada Keith

    "The Donald" looks like he is in training for an eating contest with "The Chris"

    March 12, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Dance This Mess Around

    "Thump – thump – thump"

    I turned the clown car upside down and whacked it a few times.
    There's still a couple of bodies in there, but they refuse to come out.
    I hear whimpering noises, and somebody whispering......NO, YOU GO FIRST !

    March 12, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Voice of Reason

    The Donald says to do it – all the more reason NOT to.

    Please keep it going till the convention! I want to see four haggard, despirited, beaten and bruised candidates come crawling into the convention and see three of them collapse from exaustion. Obama debating whoever is left will be like sandblasting a soupcracker.

    Cant wait!

    March 12, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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