Romney-Trump 2012?
May 25th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
6 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. BeverlyNC

    Two rich arrogant jerks on the same ticket? Go ahead Romney and you can guarantee the Democrats the biggest landslide victory in history. Any fool who would put a birther as his VP deserves to be beaten soundly.

    Did you see Cantor's agenda for the Republican House? ALL of it is about protecting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and protecting corporations – JOBS did not even make the list. Think Republicans care about you? Think they are going to restore our economy for the benefit of the People? How many jobs bills have they introduced or even let come up for a vote in the past 3 years? Answer: ZERO. Republicans are betrayers of We the People and we need to get every single one out of every local, state, and national office so when President Obama is re-elected he has leaders in Congress to work with in restoring jobs, home prices, infrastructure, education funding, science, research, and the end to ridiculous subsidies for the oil companies and the end of corporations paying zero taxes. I stand with my President. If you care about the future of our country and your own future – vote straight Democratic and get the Republican haters, liars, obstructionists and do-nothings out of our way back to prosperity.

    May 25, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. ExPAVIC


    What better than to get two morons together. In one election we can quiet two of the biggest BS-ing idiots in our country.

    May 25, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    Rather he be a one term Pres. , than an un American traitor, who ships jobs to China, while hiding his wealth in Swiss banks overseas. You right winged losers deserve everything Romney has plan.

    May 25, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. trex

    ...................Romney /Trump....................................oh please please please please please make it so............................I cant wait to see that tu rd greeting the top Chineese..................I can see it, No bow, screaming AH SO AH SO............flipping rice into his skunk like hair.................

    May 25, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. DJ Reality

    Boy-O-Boy ole Donald Trump sure can carry on. Is he slow or what? I mean he is a one trick pony. He does not have all his chairs pulled up to the table. And the funny part is there is Wilbur Romney standing right next to him grinning away. Does anyone remember Laurel and Hardy? Their music should be played at all their campaign stops.

    May 25, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Bernie

    Romney appologizes for his firing comment and now is considering the man who's famous quote is, "Ya fired."

    May 25, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Mike Botwin

    There you go Republicans.... another billionaire boys club ticket. And these two could buy and sell Bush and Cheney.

    May 25, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Hardik

    Dear Trump,
    Do you have anything better to do. Waisting your time and other peoples time like a looser. OBAMA was born in US and its clear to everyone but not you.

    May 25, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Joyce

    President Who ?. Trump. Heeeee, kekeke. Vice President Romney . Whoa ! Whoa! Whoa!

    May 25, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Observer91

    Well if Romney does pick this guy then President Obama is a guarantee for another 4 more years. And considering the choices, I'd be perfectly alright with that.

    May 25, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Biff Omney

    Romney + Trump in 2012? A Democrat can only dream.

    May 25, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Gem

    Trump won't capture the GOP's VP slot. And Obama won't win the election, proving that he is nothing more than a one-term president – with a lower case "p." And both of those are highly favorable outcomes for the U.S.
    Snap out of it alyarby. President Obama is going to carry on with the torch, whether you deem it good or not. 🙂

    May 25, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well... They both like firing people... Seems like a match made in heaven (or hell, rather...)

    May 25, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. arale norimaki

    two trust fund babies

    I'll be around. Where there's a rich white guy in need of another tax break, I'll be there. Wherever there's a brain dead woman in need of expensive life support her husband doesn't want, I'll be there. Wherever there's a country that needs invading for reasons that don't quite pan out, I'll be there.

    May 25, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Natalie in MN

    Bring it on please! That would be a dream ticket for an Obama win!

    May 25, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Pretty please

    Mitt "The Barber of Cranbrook" and Donald "Comb Over" Trump 2012. A dream ticket. Ah ha ha ha.

    May 25, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Natalie in MN

    @Boyd: Do you ever check out the facts? Or is it just too much fun to spout BS and make stuff up? Time to turn off Fox Noise and watch some truthful reporting, don't you think?

    May 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Loubies

    Please GOD let this happen.

    May 25, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Patrish

    Joking I hope, As a democrat, I could tolerate Rommey, but a loud mouth like Trump.... no way

    May 25, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. kram

    I'd vote for Bozo and Cuddles the clown before I vote for the
    Current clown in the White House

    May 25, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. markiejoe

    Romney-Trump? Are you serious??? I can't think of a bigger disadvantage to Romney than to team up with Trump. People are basically grossed out by the blow-hard known as The Donald, who has more negatives than just about anybody.

    May 25, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Rags

    Mr combover is most likely the most stupid person on this planet, ever. He has the ability to attract the losest lifeforms and seems to dwell at their level of stupidity.

    May 25, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Lee

    Bring it! It's dumb, it's republican, bring it!!!

    May 25, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Tom

    Someone ought to inform Trump that it is only the Republican Party that is a mess. And It's people like him who are responsible for it.

    May 25, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Lori

    Perfect – he's self-centered, arrogant, out-of-touch, and mean-spirited – Democrats, start planning your victory party!

    May 25, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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