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. teapartypatriot

    Great – so we have a choice between a Kenyan born president and an illegal Mexican immigrant, neither of whom has never shown us their birth certificates. On top of that, I hear that Romney has more than one wife – AND a husband – in secret.

    May 26, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. please

    The last two business men in the WH screwed this country over big time .. MBA Bush and Haliburton CEO Cheney...Showing just how wrong it is to put a business man in the Presidency or VP for that matter....Don't be stupid, again.

    May 26, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Ed Fl

    The American Voters will {gladly] turn down these two turkeys. Go for it and see what America thinks of you individually and as a twosome.What a gift for America from two of it's worst CRO-OLITICIANS.

    May 26, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. please

    Like the last two "business" men in the WH didn't do enough damage...MBA Bush , Haliburton CEO Cheney...Don't be S T U P I D again....

    May 26, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. Tom Legare

    Do the Republicans really care if anyone is qualified to be anything? The keep nominating nut jobs to high Office. Maybe they only have nut jobs to nominate?

    May 26, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. DP

    The Donald must have another book to sell. Like he would ever take a VP role.

    May 26, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Doobie Wah

    Gingrich, Trump, Bachman, Perry, Cain, Santorum....

    All of these jokers while running against Romney said he is not presidential material.
    Now they all back him.
    You do as you are told in the GOP.

    May 26, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Doobie Wah

    *** Trump is an expert in his field

    Expert in filing for bankruptcy.

    May 26, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. w_roos

    I couldn't think of a better way to diss the poor and middle-class. I doubt even the GOP would do that...

    May 26, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. garc

    Bye bye Mitt to any shred of dignity you had left.

    May 26, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Who would turn it down? Anyone with aspirations to a long time political career for starters.
    Quiz which president has had the slowest spending in decades (annualized growth of federal spening)? Answer President Obama wins with only 1.4 between 2010-2013.
    reagan 8.7 and 4.9 (two terms); bush #41 5.4; Clinton 3.0 and 3.6 (two terms); shrub #43 7.3 and 8.3 (two terms).
    Any financial analyst out there who still can claim that President Obama is the big spender?

    May 26, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "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.'

    Yer nuts. President Obama is the best Republican President since Ike.

    May 26, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. John

    Richie Rich for Prez.

    May 26, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Musse K

    The 45th President of USA will be Gov Mitt Romney. It will be wise if Gov Mitt Romney will select the former secretary state Condoleezza Rice.

    May 26, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. fayse

    Trump is a joke. Romney has been running for President all the way back to the days of his Governorship. He didn't run for a second term because he would have lost. Romney lost to McCain, McCain lost to President Obama yet, he continued to campaign for the last three and one half years. Romney is a loser.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 26, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. John

    Leave it to Beaver.

    May 26, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. judester

    This would be perfect – it would be the icing on the cake for the republican party. So...getting Obama out of office is a plus? The economy is on an upswing. Foreign policy is going well. Bin Laden is gone, although pundits feel that it isn't Obama who is responsible for that. Apparently Bush is. The GOP is stonewalling any and all bills/ideas presented by the PRESIDENT (he deserves all caps – we'll reserve lower case for romney). romney wants only to protect his 1%, while the middle and lower classes meet their demise. What...on earth...is wrong with people like you? The fact that Trump is a spokesperson, along with Rush, for the republican party says it all. WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH YOU?

    May 26, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Dino

    It would be great to see Trump can run for VP because Romney is already slumping behind. Now just add a candidate to the mix who We ALL know flaunts his extreme wealth and the Romney campaign will be sure to fail. At least this way it will be a little more like a broadway show. It' too bad Cain dropped out and ran away with his tail between his legs because a Cain/Trump ticket would have been most entertaining.

    May 26, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. JD

    Trump is the male version of Palin. What a joke!

    May 26, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Matt

    Well, that would guarantee another 4 years for Obama!

    May 26, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Well "the Donald" does know about Bankruptcy!

    May 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. profart

    Why is this news? That Trump says he might be on the ticket? That's only news if ROMNEY says he might be on the ticket.

    May 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. roy

    Trump and Romney running the country! We'll have an explosion of new and richer billionaires.

    May 26, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. George in PA

    Well "the Donald" does know about bankruptcy!

    May 26, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. Lucky18

    We can only hope for this disaster to happen!

    May 26, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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