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. john

    Mitt will pick whomever he is told to...just like John McCain did. The Tea partiers and the evangelicals are the puppeteers and these guys are weaklings.

    May 25, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Bleedingheart

    Romney might not be the brightest bulb around, but I don't believe he's dumb enough to go with The Donald. But again they are repukes so any thing's possible.

    May 25, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. mikewj

    Why not, the replican party has been running one big circus the past few years. Trump would be the top clown.

    May 25, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. carlos

    the poosy mittsy and the 'possum don......what a ZOO, with all due respect to the dwellers.

    May 25, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Rosslaw

    Please, please, please. They can both talk about bankruptcy, although Trump's experience with the subject comes from a different perspective than Mittens. I understand he's still bitter at Obama for interrupting the Apprentice just for the purpose of announcing Bin Ladin's death.

    May 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. D$

    What Mitt really needs on the ticket is someone that can form community awareness committees. I think that was the extent of Obamies experience before he took office.

    May 25, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Romney-Trump sounds like a good ticket to me. They already idolize each other. When their political ship begins to sink, they can fire each other. Then they can both retire and count their money. What could be more of an American story than that?

    May 25, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Bob

    Trump doesnt care about the birther issue, or about who is president, or about anything other than publicity and money.

    May 25, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. carrborian

    romney and trump are both morons. i wish cnn would report on that.

    May 25, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Willie K.

    When Obama compared The Donald to carnival barkers, he went over the line. Obama should apologize - to carnival barkers!

    May 25, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. SkyKing

    Hilarious!
    That's as bad as McCain-Palin!
    That would let the Dems finish getting us out of the current recession before we let the GOP get us into another one.

    May 25, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Mitch Martin

    oh, please... Donald Trump is no more in the running for VP than George Clooney. He's an embarrassment to the country.

    May 25, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Richard

    Romney-Trump sounds like a good ticket to me. They already idolize each other. When their political ship begins to sink, they can fire each other. Then they can both retiire and spend the rest of their lives counting their money. This could be a true American story.

    May 25, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Isaac

    and i thought mccain and palin combo was dumb. lolz

    May 25, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. brian in denver

    Please, Donald. Sign up now to complete the ticket!

    May 25, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. mike

    Its doesn't matter who the VP pick is because Mitt's on the ticket. What ever the GOP does will backfire like their policies.

    May 25, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Denker

    Ahahahahahaha! These to low IQ-range missiles WILL destroy America.

    May 25, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Dieter Zerressen

    OMG. Only in America. We would be the laughing stock of the developed world if we're are not already.

    May 25, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Mindie in Indie

    How to lose an Election in 1,2,3 acts by Mittens (AttaGirl) Romney

    May 25, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: Trump is still on the birther band wagon, now who in their right mind would want Trump for VP when he himself doesn't marry American born women, I guess they just aren't good enough for Trump. Does that make Trump "good enough for your vote"?

    May 25, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Ralph G.

    It's a wonderful ticket–i hope it comes to pass. But of those powerful, intelligent people on the same ticket....who could ask for more? Certainly not the Democrats–it will assure a second term for the president. I'm all for Romney-Trump.

    May 25, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    "When you endorse someone, you are basically signing onto their views," Madden (a Romney advisor) said on MSNBC.
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    And obversely, is the endorsee signing onto the views of the endorser? I know the answer is usually ‘No’, but Gov. Romney has more to lose than gain by his association with Trump. It will be difficult to paint President Obama pejoratively as a celebrity when one of your highest profile surrogates is a game show host.

    May 25, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. steven

    ROFLMAO. Laughing so hard my eyes are tearing. What a humor.

    May 25, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    That's why he is known as Mitt McCain.

    May 25, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Kevin

    He's be better than our current VP. Who is JOE BIDEN??

    May 25, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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