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. Michael Siever

    Oh, that would be dream come true...for Obama. Biden would mop the floor with Trump's comb-over...

    May 26, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  2. Joe the Plumber

    you might be right. Too bad though since a Donald VP nomination would virtually guarantee an Obama victory. Trump couldn't even deliver New York. He is worthless to Romney other than publicity, which is the only thing Trump seems to care about.

    May 26, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  3. MrManhattan

    From the folks who thought Sarah Palin was a good idea ....

    May 26, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  4. magna42

    Not even Mitt is that stupid!

    May 26, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  5. TampaMel

    There are several problems with this. Trump is too self-promotional to take a second position to anyone. Also, I am not sure that Trump can legally be a heart beat away from the presidency. Has Trump proved he is human or sane, where is the papers to prove any of this. Finally, if the GOP wins in November Trump being vice president will not be our biggest worry. With Republicans reducing taxes for the rich and more of the tax burden pushed onto the middle class and with the Republicans reducing or eliminating services (because the rich don't need those services) and blaming the unemployed for not having a job, Trump will be the least of our worries.

    May 26, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  6. Mtnmedic

    The GOP clownfest continues.

    May 26, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  7. ExPAVIC


    And were can American voters verify if Trump is sane, honest and solvent with no current applications for bankruptcy?

    May 26, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  8. Bob Ramos

    Given the GOP's record in picking poor candidates, this is not impossible to have a Romney-Trump ticket. For starters it would be an early Xmas present for the Democrats.

    But should it happen that R-T was to win, it would be a very exciting four years. Romney would have to spend 1/2 of his time cleaning up after Trump. Trump would use the military as free labor for his projects and so forth.

    May 26, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  9. u kiddingme

    obama still has school records, travel records, birth certs all locked away and has refused to open vaults even if courts order him to. The boy is a King, he doesn't abide by the law or a Judges Order, tell the Supreme Court what to do...and yet NO ONE will do their home work on this guy. Donald owes him though remember when obama tried to make a fool of him at a dinner.........PAY BACK TIME KING OBAMSKI

    May 26, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  10. u kiddingme

    CNN the US debt 16 Trillion with a 11 percent True unemployment rate...Will you do a story on it or has the Gov. bought your station?

    May 26, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  11. sick of republican phonies

    THIS is "news"? CNN: pandering to the stupid for over 20 years.

    May 26, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  12. Jeff

    Wouldnt that be something. A Wall Street Venture Capitalist Pres and a Real Estate/Reality Show Vice Pres..... Sounds like the GOP to me. As even OReilly says, they dont do much for the folks anymore do they?

    May 26, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. deliverance

    This is the dream team that can beat the dude now in the Whitehouse. I had always wanted to see this comibination as the Rebpublican ticket! Go for it you guys...YOU WILL WIN!!! Deliver this country out of the stone age it is now in!

    May 26, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  14. deliverance

    If Biden can be a VP, a chimpanzee can be one! It is a cinch that a top notch businessman can be a good VP!

    May 26, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  15. bee

    How delusional are you?? OBAMA 2012 going forward

    May 26, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  16. max

    Bobby Jindal would worry me, as would Jon Huntsman. I strongly doubt either of those names will sign on with Romney though.

    May 26, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  17. chip

    Trump is delusional. Shame on CNN for giving coverage to this clueless ego maniac.

    May 26, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  18. Veteran For Truth

    @alyarby: You wish! Trump is Palin in a business suit. He'll get the birther vote.

    The President will get re-elected for another term. Romney doesn't even look too good now. Imagine what he is gonna look like after he gets chewed up in the debates. He's not ready, and never will be ready to debate the President.

    He is just not that quick on his feet. His foreign policy just got blasted by Colin Powell, a Republican. And Powell is right. Romney is clueless, and pulled out a page from G.W. Bush's foreign policy playbook.

    He offers nothing but more trickle down economic theory, more deregulation, and more cuts in education and social programs like social security, medicare, medicaid, etc.

    All things that will surely make us a third world country. But hey, he'll be alright since his cash is stashed around the world.

    By the way, he has paid at least $2 Million in foreign taxes, some of which are to socialist type countries. So, he support socialism with his taxes, and Bachmann joined a socialist country.

    The GOP ain't nothing but deceivers and hypocrites.... Don't be fooled. Obama/Clinton 2012!!!

    May 26, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. Truth Decay

    okay, just promise you won't be disappointed when he's re elected

    May 26, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  20. mary

    Hey great idea! Then he can name Sarah Palin (I can see Russia from my house) as Secretary of State. We can call them the 3 stooges.

    May 26, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. Reddog9500

    PLEASE choose Trump for your running mate, Mitt. That would be the best way to ensure your defeat in the upcoming Presidential election. (If not "The Donald", then I hope you go with Sarah Palin. Another perfect choice.)

    May 26, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. Brian Hughes

    I think your a good pair, keep up the good work fellows.

    May 26, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. DrDanno


    May 26, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. Joan Wheeler

    A perfect duo. Romney can have Trump do all the firing ; he's had plenty of practice on his show where the punch line is: "you're fired!"

    May 26, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. Linden Atrocity

    Why, so Trump can bankrupt our country? The guy is a joke. a HUGE joke. Just because he has money does not mean he is smart. I have never heard an intellegent thing come from his mouth.

    May 26, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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