Trump flirts with starting super PAC
May 24th, 2012
12:43 PM ET
3 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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  1. winky

    Capitalism is a socialist program for the rich! That's why 99% of us are getting screwed!

    May 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. carly

    maybe Colbert can direct Trump in setting up his super PAC. I am sure Trump's PAC contributions will be as funny as Colbert's. Maybe there is a hair organization that needs his help.

    May 24, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. gg

    when the goverment hands out tax money trump is always first in line and first to cry about paying taxes–like to see a list of how much he,s taken over the years–mitt too

    May 24, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Let's see.... Donald Trump versus Bill Maher. Trump wins easily. I truly hope Trump does this and informs the American people about Obama's four years of failures, lies, excuses, fingerpointing, divisiveness and NO JOBS!!!

    May 24, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. tor5

    Although I always knew he was obnoxious, I must admit that I didn’t realize how clueless Trump is. His foray into politics is really quite comical. Ever notice how people who make a lot of money convince themselves that they are an expert in EVERYTHING? Trump is a case study. He may understand real estate deals, but he has no idea how the rest of the world works.

    May 24, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. he be floppin

    So he is going to show us all a picture of 11 men sitting around a gold leaf table talking about how to destroy america... in the mean time, he will be in his high rise Manhattan luxry office thinking of more was of ripping off the american people and then if that fails, he can just file bankruptcy for the 5th time.

    May 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Trump did mnot want to cancel his little gold mine, "The Apprentice". What were his choices? Serve the American people and try to guide them through these treacherous times as only the Donald can. That's one. Make a buttload of money pandering to the lowest common denominator of American taste while claiming the Donald has all the answers, but can't give them out because he chose not to run. That's two.

    Looks like he made the choice based on what was best for the country. More cash for the Donald while setting up attack ads and calling them issue based ads.

    No wonder he is a Republican.

    May 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Brett in MN

    Bets it's run like every other Trump program. His name, other people's money.

    May 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. simp

    Trump needs to do some research into getting a hair stylist he looks AWEFUL!!! This loser just keeps on comng out of the sewer and spewing his hate.

    May 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. chilly g

    donald i use to like you until you jump on the stupid birthner thing.now i will never stay at of your hotel,i will
    not watch your tv show or anything dealing with donald trump and this will be the last season for your tv show.

    May 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Poor Donald! Four bankruptcies and he thinks he a successful businessman. And he's CONSIDERING starting a PAC, sort of like he was CONSIDERING running for President. The latest in "almost news". And he's thinking (usnig that term loosely) about an add with OPEC when US petroleum production is at historic highs, imported oil is at historic lows and the US is exporting oil for the first time since the late 60"s.

    May 24, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. steven

    Blah, blah, blah. He could not make it running for President so now he wants to buy it.

    May 24, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Ex-GOP Con

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    Is he going to ask Rich Money for his birth certificate?
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    May 24, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Jason Glugla

    Trump wants to start his Super Pac to make sure that the rest of us get screwed and that there will be plenty of charities for his Celebrities to play for.

    May 24, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Boy these rich folks really think that Americans are fools. Maybe some of us are, but he is only doing this to get more millions so that he does not have to file bankruptcy again. To think he ran for president.

    May 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. lyn

    Super ego of the super rich.

    May 24, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Jimm

    He's going to start a SuperPac to talk about birtherism?

    May 24, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Let's see.... Donald Trump versus Bill Maher. Trump wins easily. I truly hope Trump does this and informs the American people about Obama's four years of failures, lies, excuses, fingerpointing, divisiveness and NO JOBS!!!
    ********************************
    How did Trump do on that whole birth certificate thing? Haven't you righties learned that Trump does not care about politics or the country? By the way, what sorts of jobs does Trump generate? Is it anything you can feed a family on? Nope, but I'm sure you don't care, as long as the plutocrats get their subsidy, right?

    May 24, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Adam Diran

    Why is trump starting a superpac a big deal. As Steven Colbert has shown, any college kid can do it.

    May 24, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    America needs LESS not more unhinged GOBP lies to confuse simpletons.Trump looked really stupid when our great President Obama pimp slapped him at the media dinner. Not a peep about birther from him since that night.

    May 24, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Scott

    We're probably disrespected as a country because some "businessman" reality show star keeps insisting that our President isn't even a citizen...

    May 24, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. James

    Trump tried to bully the Scottish Parliament and made a fool of himself. He will end up the same when he takes on China. Does this guy live under a rock? The world is moving ahead and he is straining to keep it in the dark ages.

    May 24, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. tylenol

    Thats his "Huge" I thought he was buyin a new man wig "tupe'" or sumthin,,,,, Ah cnn you got me AGAIN ?!

    May 24, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    winky - Capitalism is a socialist program for the rich! That's why 99% of us are getting screwed!
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    Capitalism creates the wealth that provides for the socialist programs that far too many have lived off for decades. But as Margaret Thatcher once said, sooner or later socialist's run out of other peoples money to spend. Leftists and Democrats demand that the goose that laid the golden egg be killed and eaten because it cannot lay enough golden eggs for every single person on the planet.

    May 24, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The Real Tom Paine - By the way, what sorts of jobs does Trump generate? Is it anything you can feed a family on?
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    Are you seriously suggesting that Donald Trump has nobody working for him????

    May 24, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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