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. Valentina

    Right on, Mr. Trump! You tell them! It is now beyond obvious that Romney is the eventual nominee and Newt and Saint Ricky just want to stay in the race to satisfy their big egos and nothing else. For the good of the Republican Party, and our country as a whole, they must say their goodbyes now.

    March 12, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. TwM

    And still every candidate or potetnial candidate or would be candidate would be far better than what we have in office now. That is the true sadness.

    Bye Bye Obama in 2012

    March 12, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Dvet

    I guess that trump and romney cant fire newt, paul, and santorium huh.

    March 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Jennifer NYC

    Donald Trump is right. These other also-rans are doing the GOP harm. Santorum and Gingrich have told bald-faced lies about Romney to promote themselves.

    March 12, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Jan

    I may not admire Donald Trump....but he is right. He knows how to win and succeed and this country needs Romney to get us out of this economic mess. Despite what you hear otherwise, Romney has high ethics and if you vote for him and he is elected you will not regret it. It will give you hope for the future which we are lacking at this time. It will help us all have the prosperity this country once knew. It will restore dignity with Ann as the first lady, to the white house. I have met Mitt personally and he is very genuine. Let's face it, if he didn't care about this nation and where it is headed, he could just go off and enjoy his money and keep on making it for himself. Instead he wants the nation as a whole to prosper and become once again the number one country in the world economically and militarily. He's the only candidate who has the know how to get us there. He was not in congress like all the others who helped get our nation into all the debt we owe as a country. He is a no non-sense leader with integrity. Vote for him. He is the hope of the future.

    March 12, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. woodyplace

    Anybody who listens to Donald Trump is a fool. When has he ever been elected to office? He thoroughly screwed up as a candidate. You quit trying to be relvant. You're not good at it Donald the Duck!

    March 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    What he is arguing against is the democratic process. Why does he hate America so much?

    March 12, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. MK

    ....end this thing because now it's getting tiresome and people are not liking it. Maybe Trump should listen to his own advice. I've been tiresome and disliking of Trump for a very long time now, but he doesn't seem to pay attention to that either. Don't be scared of healthy debate and competition, because after all, if you're all that and a bag of chips, it really shouldn't matter about the other. But then again, if there is another game in town, maybe people will play that instead.

    March 12, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Ferret out the BS

    Nobody told Ralph Nader to bail out when he ran against Al Gore and split the vote, everybody knew it would but in America everyone's supposed to have a fair shot. Maybe not in a Donald Trump America. I say let em ride an see what happens, maybe Donald will show up as a write in.

    March 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Steven Bannister

    Democrats hate Rick Santorum. They think he would make a terrible president. So – why are they criticizing Trump for saying that Santorum should drop out of the race? He is saying the exact same thing they are.

    Trump is 100% right, the Republicans need to thin the herd and unite as a party. Almost all of these negative comments about Trump are coming from Democrats who aren't going to vote Republican anyways.

    March 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Louis in Wisc.

    Since when does this blowhard annoit the candidate I thought the people did and apparently they are not crowning Romney just yet( to many believe that mormons belong to a cult).

    March 12, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. peggy

    Send a messenger with some credibility and integrity please.

    March 12, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. SPQR

    If Donald Trump was serious about helping Romeny out, he should stop mentioning Romney's name.

    In matter of fact, Romney will probably lose simply becasue Trump endorsed him.

    Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.

    March 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    "what the Republicans are doing is disgracefull" can be said about just about everything that they do so why would the primary race be any different? The only things that they do well are negativity and scare mongering. Oh, and lying, like gingrich's promise of cheap gas. Only if we can burn the hot air coming out of you, Newt. To quote a certain crocodile, "No u vote heem!"

    March 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Alabama Liberal

    Not a fan of Mitt Romney or Donald Trump by any stretch of the imagination, but I wish Santorum and Gingrich would drop out. I'm sick of hearing from both of them.

    March 12, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. raj

    No body have to say nothing. Because all they are wasting their money and time. All know what in Nov will going to be...

    March 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. skywatcher43

    Donald Trump is a tool. I can't figure out why Foxnews keeps letting idiots like he and palin spout off their ignorant BS!! WHO CARES WHAT HE OR PALIN THINK???? They are both irrelevant..

    March 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Max

    Who cares about what Trump thinks and says? No one in his/her right mind listens to him anyway.

    March 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. sbp

    Ah, sweet irony, Donald Trump telling someone to set their ego aside and do the right thing......

    March 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Marion

    Trump says: "And what Republicans are doing is disgraceful."

    well, I guess that is why YOU dropped out of the race, huh? too many saw you as one of the "disgraceful" Republicans.

    March 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    Donald Trump says...everybody jump.

    Nobody does.

    The Donald needs to just keep his mouth shut.

    March 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Mike

    Four years ago, the GOP could have easily been in the same situation. Romney and Huckabee were splitting the conservative vote and dragging the process out. Romney saw the damage that was doing and honorably dropped out and immediately endorsed McCain. It was a completely selfless act, for the good of the country. He could have stayed in and built up a lot more delegates and possibly even have stopped McCain from getting the delegates he needed. But then McCain torpedoed any chance he had with the whole GOP fiasco. Romney won't make that same mistake and is the only one who can defeat Obama.

    March 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. ozzie

    Imagine Donnie calling anyone disgraceful?

    March 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Liili

    Let'em continue to waste money as they gallup to their convention!!! And there's nothing patriotic about this crew of selfish, self-centered, egotistical gang of four .....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Chris

    Trump's the biggest brat I know of over the age of 15, but he's right. That said, it's comical that anyone thinks Romney is going to "get us out of this economic mess". If he does get elected, and I doubt he will, it's going to be "welcome to the new boss same as the old boss". Americans are way too impatient to accept the kind of long term changes needed. We were 9 trillion in debt before Obama set foot in office. That's already an unmanageable number. Now, we are at 12 trillion. There's nowhere to go but up. Americans simply do not have the ability to embrace the sacrifices required to pull everything forward. Our debt is the result of years and years of bad choices yet we only have the ability to delineate problems we face as a nation as coinciding with the current administration. I think we are going into an even worse recession and whoever is the next President is going to get the bulk of the blame.

    March 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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