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. jnpa

    So Trump is now the new Sarah Palin, advisor to the candidates? What experience does he have to advise them on anything?

    March 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Sirned

    Trump wants his 20% tax cut. Only if Republicans win will the rich get 99% of all the wealth instead of just the 83% that they have now...

    March 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Rosslaw

    Have Trump's bankruptcy trustees, you know, the ones who let Trump pretend that he's actually a successful businessman to keep up the brand, given Trump permission say this? A pseudo entrepeneur and a pseudo candiate still p.o'd because Obama interrupted his idiot apprentice show (Gary Busey?) to announce Bin Ladin's death.

    March 12, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Indy

    Poor little rich kids can't take the heat,Romney and Trump are in danger of losing their tax breaks when Obama gets re elected and that is their one and only concern, they could not care less about the majority of people.

    March 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    In essence, he's right. But I don't think the others are going to drop simply because he says so. And the people in all the states who have not voted yet are going to feel cheated if they don't have some sort of choice. Plus, as a Democrat, I want them to keep duking it out.

    March 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Jennifer NYC wrote on page 3:

    Donald Trump is right. These other also-rans are doing the GOP harm. ......
    Uh, if Romney is still running, doesn't that mean that he's also harming the GOP? Actually, the extended race isn't hurting the Republican Party no more than it hurt the Democrats in 2008. In 2008, we learned more about the candidates views and their ability to focus and act under pressure. The Democrats looked better and better as the race wore on.

    We are learning similar things about the Republican candidates in 2012. We are learning more details about their views and their abilities to focus and act under pressure. The problem is that the Republicans are looking worse and worse as the race goes on. If the party is being harmed during the extended primary campaigns, then blame the candidates. The weak GOP candidates are the problem, not the length of the race.

    March 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Indy

    Everyone get out of the way, the rich kid wants to be President ! How dare Newt and Santorum quash the rich kids dream by trying to make him work so hard for the nomination. Poor Romney needs a break so he can catch up on his sleep and count all his offshore money he made by bankrupting American companies.

    March 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Alan J

    Trump is a washed up has never been! He's as relavent as Sarah Palin & Bachmann he ain't!! Now Santorum will strike out againt Trump as will Gingrich, I love it! Go Obama 2012

    March 12, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Logic N LA

    Why does anyone listen to anything this ego-maniac says?
    Anyone thinking he knws anything, must also think Palin would have made a good president

    March 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. ted

    Still trying to make yourself relevant, Trump? You are a moron and so are all the idiots in the GOP candidate clown car. All rich, out of touch with reality, delusional rightwing wackjobs.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. M. Edward

    Talk about "unintended consequences," the Donald's parents should have practiced better birth control, talk about a man who is so full of his self, that he has the audacity to determine who should or shouldn't be in the Primary. I'd say if the man didn't think he was G-d, he'd have a "G-d Complex."

    March 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Walter

    The harsh reality for the Republicans is that the primaries leading up to the conventions will be so costly, financially and politically, the the candidate, no matter who it is, will have neither the finances nor public support to defeat the sitting president.

    March 12, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. clarke

    Donald, you funny man.

    March 12, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Stephen in VA

    Donald who?

    Last I heard he was too busy trying to get his way over in Scotland by shutting down a wind farm project. Who let him back over here?

    March 12, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Halina nov

    Trump should quit running his mouth .Better yet , Romney should pay him $10,000 to be stay quiet.

    March 12, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. JT

    Trump just needs to tell Gingrich and Santorum that they are fired. That should do it.

    March 12, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Stan

    Blame it on the Super Pacs that keep funding these candidates to get their message across. And besides... Gingrich has a book to write about this campaign.

    March 12, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Don't Worry Republics . . .

    Da Donald will send his crack team of investigators to prove that our President is really just a Kenyan, socialist, marxist, muslim, "other" . . .

    March 12, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. zimbot

    President Obama couldn't have had a better gift presented to him when Trump said all other candidates should bow out. My guess is that they will stay in the race and stand their ground even more, simply because they don't want the appearance of bowing down to Trump.

    March 12, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. jaywing

    Proof positive that the Quacker has absolutey no sense of humor, 'cause the GOP Traveling Carnival Clown Car adventure is just too funny to not have a nice long run... until, of course, it runs off the general election cliff.

    March 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. shytownbill

    And I think that Trump should go on a diet – so what.

    March 12, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. the Situation

    Who cares what this has been have to say!

    March 12, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Curt

    CNN, when are you going to get it? Nobody cares what Donal Trump thinks, just read all the comments. Please stop giving this man and Palin any press. Maybe they would go away.

    March 12, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. CCMars

    "Trump: Candidates should quit"

    Fixed that for you, Trump.

    March 12, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. sonnie2

    trump is just a media show off and his opinion is a valid a cow pie

    March 12, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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