Trump flirts with starting super PAC
May 24th, 2012
12:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Trump flirts with starting super PAC

(CNN) – Donald Trump may have nixed a bid for the White House, but the businessman and reality television star isn't staying out of the 2012 presidential race.

Trump said in an interview posted online Thursday he was considering starting his own super PAC that would advocate for issues he's been speaking about during the current election cycle.

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"My super PAC ads would be focused on how outside places and outside things are absolutely sucking the blood out of this country, and this country can't be great again unless it really starts to generate money," Trump said in interview with the conservative publication NewsMax.

Trump, who endorsed likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a February event in Las Vegas, said he was disturbed by ads from other conservative groups.

"There was a recent [anti-Obama] commercial done where they made him look like a superhero. I'm saying, who made this commercial? I thought it was one of the worst commercial I've ever seen," Trump said.

A Trump super PAC would run more issue-based ads, the businessman said: "If I did one I would show how bad we're doing as a country, how disrespected we are as a country. I would show people from OPEC, 11 people sitting around a beautiful gold-encrusted table talking about how they are going to continue to rip off the United States."

Trump flirted with a run for president before saying in May 2011 he wasn't willing to cancel his realty show "The Apprentice" to comply with laws mandating equal air time for candidates.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. gg

    trumps always flirting with something

    May 24, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. gurgyl

    ....................I want to evade my Taxes, Bain did why not I???????

    May 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Should be called the Orange You for American Fat Cats pac.

    May 24, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Trump going after Obama's record will be SPECTACULAR. DO IT TRUMP!! Let me know where to send the check!!

    May 24, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I'll bet you ten thousand bucks that any superPAC run by one Donald Trump will file for bankruptcy before all is said and done. Who's first?

    May 24, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. TomGI

    Regardless of whatever Don says, I never hear it because I'm always transfixed on that hairdo.

    May 24, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. jim

    excuse me, donald ... but ... having money doesn't make you ... or the united states ... great.
    it's time you conservatives start to accept facts

    May 24, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Sue

    Go for it Trump.......ANYTHING/anyone that can wake up voters to who Obama "really" is, and what his policies have done to destroy our economy/country, is helping to save our great country!!! If I had your money, I would be doing the same thing--spending millions to run ads in each of the swing states until election day.

    May 24, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. TM

    The only thing he talked about was Obama's birth certificate. No need to form a PAC to remind us how stupid and irrelevant he is. We already know.

    May 24, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Terry

    The Don says, I think its Great that The Mittster Raped Pensions from all sorts of factory worker all over this great Country. You would, you are a JOKE!!!!!

    May 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Joi Gibson

    This guy is so full of himself. He thinks he's relevant but he's not. And now he wants to throw around his money because he has oh so much to throw around, unlike the rest of us. Which is what he and Willard simply do not understand.


    May 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Christopher

    Shouldn't he be spending his money at the Hair Club for Men?

    May 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. ClarasBeau

    Unwanted... unwelcome.

    May 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would think that even republicans would be cautious about donating to a T-Rump PAC. His business acumen includes multiple bankruptcies and leaving small businessmen holding the bag.

    May 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....Unle$$ there i$ $omehting in it for the Dump$ter, thi$ ain't happenning either.

    May 24, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Dscol

    Any reporter that reports anything Trump says as political news should be ashamed. This guy is playing you for fools. He never had any intention of running for president and doesn't have any intention on starting a SuperPac now.

    May 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Bob

    Dude – less talk and more action – dont tell us about what you "intend" to do, or what you are "condsidering" doing.

    May 24, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. ken

    He'd make a great president...but not quite as good as Obama.

    May 24, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. steve

    To bad the average citizen can't have their own super PAC!!

    May 24, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. anagram_kid

    Trump flirted with a run for president before saying in May 2011 he wasn't willing to cancel his realty show "The Apprentice" to comply with laws mandating equal air time for candidates.
    I think it should read like this – Trump flirted with a run for president but knew he would never win the primary and would have to give up his lucrative job as a game show host in order to run. In the mean time viewers would find some other drivel to watch, so after losing the primary he would actually have to go back to work/creating new bankruptcy opportunities.

    May 24, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Rick in L.A.

    Good Lord! Can't you guys keep this mans suffocating ego out of the news? He has no relevance whatsoever. Please relegate this guy back to "Bad television programming news" where he belongs.

    May 24, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Trump is worth billions of dollars and can’t afford a decent rug or a presentable haircut?
    I’ll be my next $6 Starbucks Latte that Palin is dusting off her pageant bikini for her interview to be a part of this latest flash in the pan GOP Pack.

    May 24, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    This guy is about as useful as Mitt Romney's magic underwear.

    May 24, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Martha in CF

    So he can bankrupt that too!!!!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Bren

    Do it Trump!!! Wake up voters to Obama and his policies!! Make them aware that gas was $1.79/gallon when Obama took office, and that it has gone up OVER 100% since Obama took office!! Let them know that Obama's refusal to allow the Keystone Pipeline, prevented thousands of US citizens from getting jobs and prevented attempts to lower oil/gas prices!! Let them know that Obama's attacks and attempts to destroy the coal industry-will result in millions more US citizens losing their jobs and energy costs that will triple, and maybe even higher then that. Let them know that the deficit that Obama has racked up in less then 4 years--is more then all previous Presidents put together!! Wake the voters up in each/every swing state!!!

    May 24, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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