Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney
March 12th, 2012
10:14 AM ET
2 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. Andrea

    What does Trump think people seriously listen to what he has to say.

    March 12, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. billy davis

    Claiming that your sources said the President's BC doesn't exist. Nothing gets more disgusting than that you lying piece of Trump.

    March 12, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. anagram_kid

    2012 – The year the GOP looked to a game show host for political advice. Personally, I am waiting to hear what Wink Martendale has to say.

    March 12, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. packerfans

    Come on Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!!

    March 12, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Sean

    Will this idiot ever shut his pie-hole? No one cares what he thinks about politics or anything else for that matter.

    March 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. michael

    they can end it now or later it doesnt matter because obamas winning again

    March 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Karl Rove must be desperate and worried his Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot is failing if he needs Trump out there spouting this nonsense.

    March 12, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. john

    shut up you idiot! who cares what you think

    March 12, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Kagee

    Shut up.

    March 12, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Sam

    Trump is madly in love with himself.

    March 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. honeybe

    Trump should STHU....who is he to tell people to drop out. What a pompous windbag.....he needs to stick to his tv show and stop acting as though he has any authority over the political scene.

    March 12, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. 2muchfoolishness

    100% USDA approved Grade A fool spouting a bunch of foolishness

    March 12, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Charlie from the North

    Why should they quit? If Romney wants them out so bad he should fire them. You know that is what he likes to do.

    March 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. lynn

    gop ; don't be confused about who to vote for ! vote obama 2012 !

    March 12, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. sbssue1

    I concur with Donald Trump. All these other candidates are ruining the party itself. Ginrich should get behind Romney all the way; Santorum should go all the way back home where he came from. Most people on here are just running their mouths and not running their heads too good. People just like to smart mouth because they don't have the know how themselves. It makes them feel big to put others down. Go Mitt and get the job done. Thanks Donald for your support.

    March 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. William dodge

    He needs to stay in his mansion watch his servants teas his hair piece .your fired trump

    March 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Alger Dave

    Why does anyone seriously report on this guy?? Isn't there anyone else with an opinion? Yes, me for instance. As usual, Trump has only the slightest bit of truth or reason in his thoughts. Someone needs to quit, but it's probably Gingrich. While he's looking stronger in the deep south today, Santorum would be picking up those same votes if he was running head to head with Romney. Santorum would have won most of Super Tuesday if he could have had the social conservative vote to himself. Why Santorum over Gingrich – Newt just has too much weirdness and baggage around him to be viable. The only reason he's doing well again is because no one's taking him seriously enough to run negative ads against him or bring up his baggage again. Why should Romney? The best thing for Romney right now is a divided social conservative base. A united one would be his undoing, and quickly.

    March 12, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Neurotoxin

    Donald, get a clue, you're not any sort of authority on politics, and the media feeding into your ego trip and publicizing what you say doesn't make you one. Remember Nevada, when you endorsed Romney, and out of the proportion of voters who said your endorsement mattered – 2/3 said they were LESS likely to vote for who you endorsed? If you want to help the Republicans, you ought to endorse Obama, Chump.

    March 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Neurotoxin

    Donald, get a clue, you're not any sort of authority on politics, and the media feeding into your ego trip and publicizing what you say doesn't make you one. Remember Nevada, when you endorsed Romney, and out of the proportion of voters who said your endorsement mattered – 2/3 said they were LESS likely to vote for who you endorsed? If you want to help the Republicans, you ought to endorse Obama.

    March 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama wrote on page 1:

    It never ceases to amaze me how people pave the way for this trustfund baby, making his nomination process easier for him than it is for the other candidates. If you don't know what that is about let me give you a hint: this race is about who is going to represent the 1%ers. Period. Middle-class vs. the wealthy.
    ------------------
    Good call, mama.

    That is perenial battle in every general election cycle. The "campaign issues" are just smoke and mirrors talking points to create a battlefield for the real war; the haves vs. the have nots. One side is always wanting to lower taxes on the wealthy, no matter the financial cost. One side is always trying to negate those lowered rates, no matter the social cost

    March 12, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. AndreLinoge

    Trump ain't worth a dump.

    March 12, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. TomGI

    Trump will always pop up at least once a month to get his million dollars worth of free publicity.

    March 12, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Just another GOBP nutjob talking to himself because nobody listens to him. Obama four more years!

    March 12, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Troy

    @billy davis, funny you should mention that. It has been proven both his BC and his selective service card, are forgeries. Don't know why the media hasn't made much mention yet. I guess it would be too much of a world embarassment for it to come out that the president of the US, really shouldn't have been elgible to run. Can you imagine what the rest of the world would say?

    March 12, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. IraFinklestein

    It doesn't matter which candidate wins, they're all puppets for Israel.......

    March 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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