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. Alfuc

    Hope this happens. This will be the winning combination for the Republicans and get back the white House in 2012.

    May 25, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Shardik

    Romeny/Trump 2012?!

    Oh please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please...!

    May 25, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. steveo

    please, please, please, please pick that dim-witted, multiple-bankruptcy claiming dipstick, please, please, please. if Romney is that stoopid (and I'll bet $10,000 his advisors would kill him before letting THAT happen), the election is over- TODAY. this must been a wet dream originating in Mr Bad-Combover's fervent imagination as he's the only messiah-complexed blithering idiot to believe its even possible.

    May 25, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. mywishcometrue

    YES PLEASE!!! . . . Mitties pairing with the Donald would guarantee a win for Obama.

    May 25, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. judith

    Trump for vice-president–it would be viewed as the worst choice since Sarah Palin. He and Romney both make me sick. Romney is already losing the women's vote–putting the chauvinistic pig Trump on the ticket woud lose even a bigger percentage of females. These two nauseating rich guys seem to have a love affair going, though because of their mutual worship of the Almighty Dollar. Obama s going to win in November and maybe Trump will shut his trap and Mittens can retreat forever to one of his many mansions..

    May 25, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. chucky

    Romney Trump??? please, please please!!! It would be so much fun watching those idiot teatwits explain how that would benefit the US. If you like Trump-you are dumber than s–t.

    May 25, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. sam

    Why are these folks not posting comments that they do not like. Post the comments already
    Romeny will win.. He is an hateful man and does not know his head frfom his toes without a butler.

    May 25, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Paul Ryan's Path to Poverty

    You poor thing, here have another tax cut.

    May 25, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. EdL

    No way could Trump be 2nd banana.

    May 25, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Smako

    You base this tag line on a statement from Donald Trump? This is not only an uneducated statement, it's outright stupid. Donald Trump would never be chosen by anyone with an ounce of credibility. Donald and his birther rants yanked credibility right out of his portfolio. He would be better paired with Ted Nugent.

    May 25, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Earthling

    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?"

    Answer: anyone with at least half a brain. Romney, king of the flipfloppers, has zero chance of beating Obama.

    May 25, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Smako

    My comment is awaiting moderation because I called it s t u p i d. I said Donald Trump has no credibility and would be better paired with Ted Nugent. What kind of tripe is CNN trying to mask anyway? I guess if you stir the pot they yank you. Yank this d=====B

    May 25, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. TexMan

    LOL ....... Trump, Christie, Palin, Howdy Dudy, or Bozo the clown. The GOP lead astray by the GOTP will nominate another loser ticket. Independents will just say no to the extreme right. The US will suffer another 4 years of Obama, ..the Dream Act part 2, welfare for the children of illegal aliens and the social costs of being sooooooo stylish with gay marriage and other bs causes. Meantime the US middle class remailns unrepresented and paying the costs of this foolishness ... ENOUGH

    May 25, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Neptunes Revenge

    I love it... Can you imagine those two power hungry, ego tripping mongrel's in "political bed" together? It could be so much fun watching which GOP "Tea-Bagger" became the top, and which one became the bottom. LMAO! Please. Please. Please let this happen. My gosh! I could finally get excited about the election.

    May 25, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. SPQR

    God bless The United States of America.

    President Obama 2012 !!!

    May 25, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. bailee

    Haaaaaaaaaaa! Haaaaaaaaa!! Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Donald Trump is the very best "gift" that the Republican Party could have been given this election cycle!! All I can say to Mitt Romney is: Bye! Bye!! See you back in California, with your big fancy house, swimming pool, and Ann's TWO caddies!! AND your doggie!!

    May 25, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. The Chief

    What's funny about Trump is that he's probably been given as much welfare (from creditors or government) as probably all of the "traditional" welfare recipients within 300 miles of his hometown.

    May 25, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. Lunatic's on Parade !

    Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber ! Two peas in a pod ! Donald Trump doesn't want to run for any office ! Donald has far too many skeletons in his closet to run for any public office at this point ! He is just playing the gullible republicans for fools , just like Palin did ! He is simply trying to keep his big fat stupid face in the news ! My guess is that he angling for another season of his Dumb show !

    May 25, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. bobby

    CNN has reached new lows in political coverage. This is stupid, and nothing that any gossip magazine wouldn't write.I'm embarrassed for the gossiper, no need to call this journalism. CNN, I wish we could expect better.

    May 25, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. M-W-T

    I'm 65 yrs old, come to Muncie IN. and look me up, you coward
    I'm calling you out trump, just you and me in the back yard, man to man
    I want to call you a COWARD, and a liar, right to your face

    May 25, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. gary stover

    That would be an awesome choice for Romney! Go Donald!

    May 25, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Bill

    he may run, but only if he could order the invasion of Scotland for spoiling the view at his golf course with an offshore wind farm. I personally don't think we'll vote for gold toilets and pink marble waterfalls at the white house.

    May 25, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Steve Fielder

    Donald Trump is the perfect living embodiment of the ultimate modern-day big-shot Republican: arrogant, greedy, bigoted and power-hungry, so of course he would make a fine VP running-mate for Romney.........

    May 25, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. plenty

    Great! Two billionaires that can't relate too us commoners.

    May 25, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. EJ in Tacoma

    Trump only wants to use Romney for his own exposure and Romney is only using the Trumpster to be his Tea party mouth piece so he can gain their votes! Maybe that would be a perfect marriage certificate come the Presidential election a Romney/Trump ticket just call them idiomatic and ignorance what a pair!
    e.j in Tacoma

    May 25, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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