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. Chis

    For the past 6 months I would swear I was watching FOX News when viewing CNN. They have zeroed in on having Romney backers as guests on nearly all Shows. When they do have a Democratic Guest they do thier best to embarras them. The Righty's can say anything and seem to never be questioned by CNN. WHAT is going on? Either be fair or go full time into openly trying to elect Romney. I have been a loyal CNN viewer for many years....Hopefully that will continue..

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

    Who would turn it down? Anybody with half or more of a brain. All the same people who would NEVER ask you to be their VP.

    May 25, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Va native

    What does it take for "the donald"to disappear!?
    I"m so sick of hearing about this clown.He full of hot air &hate,.HOW ABOUT SOME REAL NEWS!?

    May 25, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Doreen Johnson

    Oh please...please...please – hands' down win for Obama!!

    May 25, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Yuri

    That will be perfectly satisfactory.

    May 25, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. asdf

    Trump certainly knows something about debt – he's declared bankruptcy more times than any of the welfare queens he demonizes!

    May 25, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. REG in AZ

    This country, the average American simply can’t take a return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, with the “puppet” politicians performing as their “strings are pulled” ... and that is exactly what “the money” wants, what they are paying for. The likes of Rove, Cheney, Norquist, SuperPacs and several others are all selling just that, the organization, control and power over the party, and then the likes of Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Ryan, Bachmann and several others are dutifully performing. “The money” is aggressively paying for it to emphatically assure their interests are the total concentration, without any concern for the majority, as has been totally proven over the last twelve years. They say whatever they feel will excite and sway the people, always rationalized as “conservative”, but do only what “the money” wants and then depend on the power and influence of “the money” to help con the people and manipulate public opinion. The Republican / Tea Party has literally become owned and controlled by “the money” and the only way to break that stranglehold that continually pushes this country further into being a two-class society, with “the few” (1%) competing in having it all while the majority (99%) keeps loosing more, is to firmly and totally reject their “puppet” candidates / politicians, and thereby render “the money” ineffective. It is up to the voters.

    May 25, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Steve K

    Trump says he will do anything to get the country balanced again? Does that include accepting a tax hike for the top 1%?

    May 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. V in Chicago

    God help us!!! No matter – Obama will get 4 more years anyhow.

    May 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Boyd Gordon

    I'm not surprised Democrats fall for these articles. They love Obama despite higher unemployment, higher government debt, higher gas and food prices, S&P downgrade of our nation's debt, 18 million more people added to the food stamp program, the administration's centerpiece legislation(The Affordable Health Care Act) is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court for its legality, Solyndra(500 million wasted), Fast & Furious, and thousands of innocent people killed in Paskistan and Afghanistan. This ticket will never happen.

    May 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Laverne

    Even with all his money, he will never be president or vice president of US. He is a moron and a loser! Donald Trump cares for no one but himself and people won't forget the duo campaigning together! Mitt Romney must be desperate, but more of a coward than anything else, can't stand up for anything or to anybody, he would make a terrible president!

    May 25, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. ShawnDH

    They deserve each other. They are both disgusting, morally bankrupt people who worship money at the expense of human beings. Obama 2012.

    May 25, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Obvious Guy

    Trump summed up his entire life in 3 words in the second paragraph... "I'll do anything"

    May 25, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. l

    Two valuable endorsements for Romney – one who has had three wives, and another who has had...three wives. I guess the "family" party is good at creating families.

    May 25, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. l

    Boyd gordon – you forgot one minor Obama failure. The stock market is only about 4500 points above where the village idiot left it. Oh, I guess you don't know what that means. Sensible voters do.

    Any voter with a sizeable portfolio has no other choice but to vote for Obama.

    May 25, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Here is campaign logo for these two fork and knife eating pizza clowns. I know it was the she devil from AK and bad hair man but can you see the flip flopper picking up a piece of pizza? Neither can I.

    Why marry four women at once when you can marry and divorce just as many in your lifetime!

    May 25, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. be quiet

    Yeah, like we really want the guy whose biggest achievement over the past several months was judging Debbie Gibson's Crystal Light jingle as VP!

    May 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Janet

    I think it's a wonderful idea; he's sort of Sarah Palin with CASH$$$.

    May 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. blake

    Trump is a pompous ass. No way Romney is this foolish.

    May 25, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. John

    The only thing that Donald Trump Is good for Is running his mouth. But he Is just like Mitt Romney ,either one don't know what there doing.

    May 25, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Donald Trump in the VP slot? That would be worse than McCain picking Palin in 2008.

    What on earth is wrong with Republicans nowadays? They have completely lost their little pieces of minds. It's been building for over a decade, but their higher brain functions have completely shut down. Their operating like neanderthals on instinct.

    May 25, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. MakeThemEatCake

    The Trump's ego couldn't take being relegated to 2nd banana. As president of the Senate, he has no responsibility until there is a tie. If the GOP gains control of the Senate *shudder*, do you think the Senate Majority Leader is going to sit by and let the VP dictate Senate business?

    May 25, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    Wasn' t this the same Donald Trump who dismissed Romney's business expereince as " a few nice, small deals"?

    May 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. whoCares

    Sounds like another McCain and Palin ticket, a bad republican running with someone that has now clue.

    May 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Gem

    So, here's something to ponder, even if you're an independent or conservative - look at the judgement of Romney. He has chosen to partner with this guy. A man who has been so divisive, incredibly arrogant and self-serving. You really have to wonder why this choice when they have a dinner coordinated with Romney, Trump, and Gingrinch. I say this is all a bad sign with Romney's judgement/character.

    May 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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