GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together
May 24th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together

(CNN) – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be joined in Las Vegas next week by two of his backers: former candidate Newt Gingrich and reality television star Donald Trump.

The event will take place Tuesday at Trump's International Hotel on the Strip. Romney's campaign is also raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters who donate to the campaign.

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"I want you: Dine with the Donald," a campaign flier proclaims, along with a drawing of Trump.

The campaign offers: "Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle; Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom; Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney."

Trump, who flirted with a bid for the White House last year, said he wouldn't run for the White House because he didn't want to cancel his reality show, "The Apprentice" in order to comply with equal air time laws for candidates.

After a parade of GOP candidates visited Trump in Manhattan, the celebrity business magnate finally announced he was backing Romney in February.

"It's my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney," Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said, "he's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."

Trump was not always so positive regarding Romney's record. During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" in April, Trump criticized Romney for eliminating jobs while in the private sector.

"He'd buy companies. He'd close companies. He'd get rid of jobs," Trump told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I've built a great company. My net worth is many many times Mitt Romney."

Gingrich, who dropped his bid for the GOP nomination in April, said in a CNN interview soon after suspending his campaign he was backing Romney.

"I said I want to campaign for him and he will appoint dramatically better judges than the president and he'll do a better job creating jobs than the president and he'll do far more to balance the budget. I went down the list of why Mitt Romney is better than Barack Obama," Gingrich said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

CNN's Steve Brusk and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Donald Trump • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Bill

    More like Manny, Moe and Jack.

    May 24, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Wow. Just wow. That's the trifecta of freekin disgusting right there.

    May 24, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Can you imagine trying to eat while that....thing....on top of Trump's head is staring at you?

    May 24, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    The three stooges of the arrogant and ignorant right on the stage together again – such a level of “out of touch” with the American people never seen before.

    May 24, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. markfromdover

    Gingrich never met a free dinner he didn't like. Maybe the Donald will pay off his campaign debt. I wonder how many small business owners and contractors got screwed by Gingrich.

    May 24, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Romney's campaign is also raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters who donate to the campaign.
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    Now THIS is great news!!! Entering as soon as I can find out how.

    May 24, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why would anyone pay to dine with a corporate raider and tax evader, a womanizer, and the Czar of bankruptcy? These dingbats represent what's wrong in America?

    May 24, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    As far as "star" tours goes, this is the political equivalent of Styx, Skynnard and Boston hitting road together.

    May 24, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Jack in Florida

    Curley, Larry and Moe.....the sequel!!!! I am so impressed.

    May 24, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Terry

    Yo Redneck Don, did you ask Mitt about his Fathers Birther Issue. George was born in a FLDS CULT in MEXICO. How did he pull off Running for Prez??? How Dat Be??? Born in MEXICO.

    May 24, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Lemone

    Manny, Moe & Jack lol

    May 24, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. MJW

    No Surprise here. Why can't they ever come up with their own original idea?

    May 24, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Mike

    If Newt and The Donald is the best that Romney can do, Obama must be smiling!

    May 24, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. NCollins1982

    Romney, Trump and Gingrich are three peas in a pod. It takes all three to compete against Obama. All three are liars and cheats. Trump is a chump. Not even his money can make him a man of character. Trump and Gringrich with the many wives. What a joke and a waste of money. Williard, no matter what can not help but look and act like a robot. He does not believe a word that comes out of his mouth. Why should we believe what he says. This is disgusting!!!!!

    May 24, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    .......how about karl Rowe, Glenn beck the idiot, ann coulter, maureen dawd, Arians huffington etc,,,idiots and thugs of USA...

    May 24, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Scamtannehill

    The only "Huge Move" Trump ever made was when he was sitting down in his bathroom.

    May 24, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Jay

    Does anyone else notice that Donald Trump has the vocabulary of a 6-year-old?

    May 24, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    Still Romney couldn’t attract conservative voters so he needs Trump and Newt

    May 24, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Joan

    What a Joke... The 3 stooges... hahahahahah.,....

    May 24, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Mr. 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" would outsource the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Looks as though ol' John Nelson Darby was right and "the rapture" is upon us, we now have at least 3 of the 4 Horseman identified and in one place!

    May 24, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Orwell Sees it

    Please move to Republistan. The United States will do much better without those three.

    May 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. A. Goodwin

    I would rather swill down some disgusting McDonald's than to have dinner with Trump.

    May 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Hey Mitt, you should pick Trump to be your VP. You can tell each other how huuuuuuge you are.

    May 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. beevee

    Vow! the meeting of the Master crooks. Must wait and see what they cook up to con the voters.

    May 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. longsacktheclown

    I thought the 3 stooges movie had already came out! This one might be better though.

    May 24, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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