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. Tony Torres

    Why do we persist in giving this Buffon air time? It is the medias' fault that give this wing nut any attention. Just leave the jerk alone and hope he goes back to his hole, please!

    May 25, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. obama2012

    Please please please pick The Donald, Mit

    May 25, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Patriot

    The mere thought that a charlatan like Trump could even be considered as VP material is as disquieting as it is embarrassing.

    May 25, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Sydnium S. Washington

    @alyarby I'm in favor of having a Veep who has the same situation as Reagan: about 90-100% popular, served the state very well, can take the position as Prez if Romney (impromptu) dies or resigns, if GOP will be elected into office.

    May 25, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Meki60

    funny now, no posts on CNN concerning Obama so we can criticize President Garbage. Must be the new strategy for the demos.

    May 25, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Have Republicans gone this far down the food chain to find a VP? Palin was a joke – but Trump is an insult. Do they want two preppies "Daddy made rich" to lead America? How stupid are modern Republicans?

    May 25, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    That would be the nail in the RMoney coffin right there.

    May 25, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Kathy

    The Donald and Romney, great match. Still after that elusive birth certificate I see. Obama has done a good job in a short time and with absolutely nothing but blockage from the republicans. Stocks are way up, unemployment is down, Bin L is dead, A possibility for health care in america, europe respects us again, our GDP unlike Europe's is growing. Romney simply has zero to offer both in terms of character and experience.
    Why would any even moderately educated,well read person got to return to the Bush polices, protect only the wealthy, overturn any of the modest wall street and bank regs put in place for consumers, fight for oil subsidies, Trickle down economics – remember what really rolls downhill.

    May 25, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. kit8

    IPlease pick the Donald for your VP Mitt. That would definitely be the Democrats dream ticket > Mitt and the Donald.

    May 25, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Observer

    Only the Republicans could claim they want to fix the unemployment problem by running two guys who LOVE to fire people.

    LOL.

    May 25, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Now there's a fine candidate for the Repuglicans! They could buy the Presidency! A man who pays no taxes, while the rest of us carry his butt! Wow.

    May 25, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Jay Shapiro

    Go for it! By all means go for it! Nothing would insure Obama's second term more than putting that pompous, fatuous, venal egomaniac on the ticket with Mittens.

    May 25, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. lovemygirl

    Trump would accept second place?

    May 25, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. nolimits3333

    The billionaire and the millionarie.......the pretty much covers who the republicans represent.

    May 25, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. Angy

    the only ones that will vote for romeny are the teabaggers. trump is just a hot air loser. You can make all the money in the world and still be a LOSER. trump is the one fanning the flames about President Obama not being an American. romeny is a rethugian puppet. he is dumb as a stump. A lose ball in high weeds. Things are turning around. the haters (donald t and teabaggers) are the only ones that continue to lie about President Obama. The thing that amazes me, is how stupid and gullible people are. come haters admit it, unemployment is down,more people are working then when your beloved bush was in office. romeny doesn't know his a$$ from a hole in a ground. I don't expect you will see anything differently and that is find. But know that come November, President Obama will still be president and romeny will still be the liar he has always been. he stands for NOTHING. Oh except what ideas he can get from others.

    May 25, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Mark Taylor

    IGOP did not learn its lesson with McCain Palin I see. Of course McCain was worth voting for, a man with good sense. Romney? What's he accomplished apart from violating some guy's civil rights and cutting his hair?

    May 25, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Bob W

    Wow. Would I love to see Romney pick Trump. Best thing that ever happended to the Democratic Party.

    May 25, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. escher7

    McCain had Palin. Romney might as well have Trump. We need some laughs.

    May 25, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. Bob W

    I don't know who alyarby is but...he is in for a surprise in November. Ha ha.

    May 25, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. ludvig

    Romney likes firing people. Trump makes a living firing people. Repuglican Meg Whitman just announced as CEO of HP they are firing over 20,000 people and Repuglican Curt Schilling is firing people. What a bunch of job creators.

    May 25, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. luke,az

    For Gov. Romney to consider Trump shows that he doesn't possess any leadership skills. Sad ,the Republican party has devolved into four splinter groups;moderates,evangelicals,tea partiers and birthers.

    May 25, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. meanwoman

    Maybe Romney could get some of his friends to hold Trump down and give him a decent hair cut

    May 25, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. Realist

    Who would turn it down? The voters, that is who.

    May 25, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  24. M.K.

    All this country needs is Trump as a V.P. When we get behind on our debts, he can swear out bankruptcy.

    May 25, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. david mann

    @alyarby..."nothing more than a one-term President'? I believe you'll be proven wrong, but you make that sound like a minor achievement. Obama became the President of the United States. I wonder what you've achieved in your life?

    May 25, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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