Romney-Trump 2012?
May 25th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney-Trump 2012?

(CNN) – The Donald says it's the buzz.

Asked Friday in a guest appearance on ABC's "The View" if he was interested in joining Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, Donald Trump asked, "Who would turn it down?"

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"A lot of people are asking that question," he added. Not known for his modesty, Trump said, "A lot of people are asking that question. I think probably that won't happen, but I'll do anything I can to help this country get balanced again because we are a mess."

Trump endorsed Romney in February, and is scheduled to participate in a fundraiser on Tuesday at his Las Vegas casino with Romney and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Trump has become a vocal and effusive backer of Romney in television appearances and on social media. Before endorsing Romney, he met with several of the GOP presidential candidates and even announced a presidential debate, which was later canceled when several candidates declined the invite.

He said Friday that he was performing well in polling at the time. Although he briefly fared well in national polls early in the election cycle, several surveys from last spring showed a majority voters ultimately disapproving of a Trump candidacy. One released hours before he announced he would not seek the White House showed seven out of ten Americans saying he had "no chance" of winning the election.

Trump brings perceived baggage to the Romney campaign, including his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace and birth certificate. He and other prominent conservatives have raised questions about Obama's birth, as "natural born" U.S. citizenship is a requirement for the presidency.

"Donald Trump has become the 'birther' in chief," Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Obama's re-election campaign, said on MSNBC Friday.

Though Trump tweeted as recently as last Friday "Let's take a closer look at that birth certificate," Kevin Madden, a Romney adviser, said Friday that questions about Trump's views on Obama's nationality should be a thing of the past.

"When you endorse someone, you are basically signing onto their views," Madden said on MSNBC.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to Romney, on Friday said, "I can't speak for Donald Trump ... but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States."

"He doesn't view the place of his birth as an issue in this campaign," Fehrnstrom said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate in April 2011 that shows he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Soon after it was released, Trump announced he would not make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump made light of the issue in his appearance on "The View," when one of the co-hosts handed him a slip of paper and called it her birth certificate.

"I'd like to see Obama's," he quipped.

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    A sure way to sink Romney's aspirations. LOL I hope he does pick Trump. LOL

    May 25, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. steven harnack

    Please, oh please make this guy the VP candidate. We could really use a record landslide for the current President to show the utter abhorrence of these two leeches.

    May 25, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Pimp my Hair !

    America needs Trump , like America needs a Talyaaniga Silvio Burlasconi !

    May 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. beevee

    That would be a terrible mistake for Mr.Romney to have Trump on the ticket. He may not even get a single vote (other than the two) in November.

    May 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Obama -- Our FIRST Cow Pie President, Served Fresh Daily

    I think The Donald just likes to keep getting under liberals and Obama's skin with this birther schtick. He's just picking at you scabs for the fun of it.

    May 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. newshead12

    Never pick someone for VP who would do anything to have your job.

    May 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Kindly either pick as vp or let him campaign with u....

    May 25, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. kevin

    Great...two people who like to say.."You're Fired!"

    May 25, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    PLEASE make it so. The orange-skinned combover man would guarentee Obama winning by an even bigger margin than he did in 2008. Did I say PLEASE?

    May 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. wgf

    "I'll do anything I can to help this country get balanced again because we are a mess."

    ... except, of course, pay a higher marginal tax rate.

    May 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Kenneth

    Please do it Don ... might as well make sure the GOP surrenders in a timely fashion instead of dragging it out until November.

    May 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Peter

    Oh, brother.

    What Trump won't do for some press.

    May 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    I am glad that I wasn't drinking water when I read this caption.
    Can this teapublikan race get any more pathetic? This goes beyond anything in this country's history. The teapublikans and the flip flopper are making a mockery of our political system. This isn't a cotillion prep boy!!
    Of course, from the bishop's list of candidates bad hair man is the only one who has nothing to lose unlike the other clowns who can kiss their political careers goodbye!! :) Shat a fun way to start the holiday weekend. :). Really!!

    May 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. raj

    I think every body especially CNN like to play him as a JOCKER in presidential ploitics. No body is asking him VP except his employee to make him happy.

    May 25, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Mary

    I hope Romney picks Trump and that would be a great win for Obama with this clown as Romney's VP.

    May 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. s

    Please pick Trump and Obama will win by a landslide, just like MCCain picking Palin. YAEAH

    May 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. gg

    if they vote for each other they could claim they got 100% of the vote

    May 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Cedar Rapids

    heck yeah, go for it, he would be Romney's Palin.

    May 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Jewels

    No wonder he and Sarah Palin click. Anything to get a moment of attention.

    May 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. gar

    Trump is the perfect VP choice for Romney. Two complete blowhards. Although, we do need to find out if Trump has a certificate for that thing on his head.

    May 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Squigman

    The fact that this creep endorses Romney, speaks volumes. When (The King Of Horrible Hair), is this politically motivated, its for a reason. There's money to be made somewhere, and you're position in the equation is as giver, not receiver.

    May 25, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Doubtful

    He "made light of" the birther issue? He "quipped"?

    What total BS! He was spouting his usual birther garbage, and he needs to be called on it.

    Shame on you, CNN Political Unit, for giving this traitor a pass.

    May 25, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Wes

    There is a small step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Trump is an embarrassment to American society.

    May 25, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. getoverit

    Obviously all the Lefty Loon Haters think that Joe "Dan Quayle" Biden is more qualified. LMFAO!!!

    May 25, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    @bob, speaking of crack pipes Your twice loser in a beauty contest, to a black intelligent woman in AK no less, and political career is not qualified to breathe the same air the rest of us do much less be president.
    The woman who had to get married then had a grandchild also out of wedlock. She can't keep her family on the "righteous" path of you right wingers who continue to laud her as the second coming in a skirt. She is the second coming alright. If you are in the bathroom she IS #2!!!

    May 25, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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