Romney-Trump 2012?
May 25th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
2 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. Marylynne Ashton

    I truly hope that Romney chooses either the bully, unprofessional, lying Chris Christie, OR the epitome of the 2% representation of the upper class obliterating the middle class, a.k.a. Donald Trump, because either one of them WILL INSURE OBAMA'S WELL-DESERVED PRESIDENCY IN 2012! Obama only had 3 years to clean up the Republican's 8-year BUSH MESS of the economy and international relations and I cannot wait to see what Obama WILL DO in his next term to continue improving upon the Republican's MESS. Get over it, Republicans...You ARE HISTORY........

    May 25, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. saneCanadian

    Oh PLEASE oh please oh please

    May 25, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. David

    That ticket would bring American back on its feet. We have failed horribly for the last 3 years.

    May 25, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Wouldn't you think that by now "The Donald" would realize and care that people are not laughing with him ...but "..AT HIM' He is such a fool and everything he does just makes him look worse. If by some chance he DID run for VP that would be the end of a viable Repub. party!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. hjs3

    Oh Dear! Someone is confused!

    May 25, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Lizzy10

    Yeah, right.

    May 25, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Bob

    I would love to see Trump on the Romney ticket. He'll do for Romney what Palin did for McCain.

    May 25, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. carly

    Please god make it a Romney Trump ticket. Obama would win with 80% of the vote.

    May 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. palebluedot

    Really......whos kidding who....he has no interest except for the fact he keeps his name in the news.

    May 25, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. puffin girl

    OK everyone – we know how the Trumpster is so adored and respected, let's go for the VP for he and Romney. Trump doesn't need the money and would make a huge asset to the Republican Ticket. Trump knows as all of us that obamanation has got to go before we all perish and have nothing but a gay president and you notice how I did not capitalize the p., on Pennsylvania Ave. Enough is enough. C'mon people wake up. This man is a ruination to our country. Vote Romney in November.

    May 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. findley quay

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (must take a breath) ha ha ha ha ha!

    May 25, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Jerry Stuart

    Alyarby, you are the most ignorant commentator by pronouncing the outcome of an election not yet conducted.

    May 25, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Cindy

    After I heard Romney's plan to put 40 to 50 kids in each classroom, |I don't think we have to worry about Romney or Trump.

    May 25, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Nicholas

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if this were true. Romney-Trump 2012. OMG, the President would carry every state in the union because surely there could not be enough Americans stupid enough to vote Romney Trump in a general election. OK, maybe Obama takes 49 states, I keep forgetting about North Carolina and their political preaching pastors who would probably tell them all it was God's will.

    May 25, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Steven Colo

    Lessee now... We have a rich old white guy businessman on the ticket... I know! Let's add a rich old white guy as his VP!

    The GOP – where "diversity" means one superrich guy with great hair and one superrich guy with a dead weasel on his head.

    May 25, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. iBod

    Lets not forget...this is the same guy who went bankrupt, what?, four times? Yeah, DEFINITELY Executive material LOL!......NEXT!

    May 25, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. James

    The Donald is a media joke, isn't he? This entire story is about selling media, right? Romney is not a stupid man. This will never happen!

    May 25, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. JDinHouston

    A Romney-Trump ticket makes sense – neither one has done anything more for workers than to say "you're fired."

    May 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Gary Jaussaud

    I think if Romney picks Donald Trump for Vice President, and then has Newt Gingrich as Sec. of State, we can all say
    "The Three Stooges" have come back from the grave to make the World laugh again, Can't wait!!

    May 25, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Dumb and Dumber 2012! neither of these people has the slightest regard for the average American or the slightest interest in solving our problems. they will destroy the middle class and turn us into a nation of multimillionaiares and the peons who slave for them. is that really what anyone, even alyarby, wants? we have a president now who believes in fairness and equality for all Americans and the rabid right demonize him for it. after all he's accomplished to bring us back from the brink of disaster, all they can do is blather that he's a 'failure.' how dumb to people have to be to believe that drivel???

    May 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Carrieintampa

    More job openings at Saturday Night Live!

    May 25, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. slickteigkcmo

    It would be , who has the best tan and hair ???? , hahahahahaha, clash of the super egos, whoa!!!!!
    " I have more money, no I have" more,etc,etc,etc, LOL

    May 25, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Oh god no, please, give yourselves a fighting chance.

    May 25, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    This time you see Obama will win landslide, I foresee democrats will win in both, senate, congress....amen!!! Obama12.

    May 25, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Critical Thinker

    Mitt,s dream team – VP Trump, Sec. of State Palin, Press Secretary Limbaugh, Sec. of Education Santorum, Secretary of Defense Gingrich, Sec. of Treasury Paul, Sec. of Health Bachmann, National Security Advisor Wolfowitz, Office of Management and Budget Director Cantor, and Chief of Staff Cheney (because Dick always runs the show behind the scenes like the Wizard of Oz).

    May 25, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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