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. Susan

    2 out-of-touch individuals will run for America's top jobs?
    Are there no more qualified people in the USA? I am soooooooooooooo sorry USA!

    May 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Susan

    Both love to say "YOU ARE FIRED!". YEEEEEEES, they are a team!

    May 25, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Ron

    I though that badger glued to trumps head was red a month or so ago. What up with that?

    May 25, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. quinLee

    please please please pick trump.

    May 25, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. hwy9

    Perfect. Two 1 percenters, with no regard whatsoever with for rest of us, trying to get elected to preside over... the rest of us. Ain't a-gonna happen. But it'd be fun to watch!

    May 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. ST

    What cred does this clown has? Totally nothing except he shows up pretending he possesses money. Sorry, this is not a kind of a person we would like to lead us. Sorry Trump, just go away!

    May 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. yogi

    Idiocy running wild.

    May 25, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Dumb and dumber. Please pick him Romney. Better yet just pick Ann or one of your five sons. Keep it in the family and you want have to divide the spoils with anyone.The only way Romney will win is by the GOP/TP stealing votes which they are pushing very hard to stop people from voting. Changing district maps will not help. They know that Romney is a wimp that is why they chose him. This man can not stand up for himself, only when he is in the boardroom trying to steal more money from the poor. You GOP/TPers should have listened to Santorium, Romney is not a true severly conservative candidate.

    May 25, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Papadee

    Nowadays, watching CNN is like watching FAUX news, it crepes or it gives me a cringe, Whats going on CNN????? Maybe Rupert Murdoch has 50% shares in CNN. I like to know.

    May 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. M

    I want see Dumb and Dumberers' birth Cert

    May 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. There. Are. No. Gods!

    Lol, Romney/Trump ticket would be the nail in the coffin for the Republican party. Kinda like the McCain/Palin debacle of almost 4 years ago.

    May 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. PJ/TX

    Romney has already proven his total lack of judgement. This dinner with the three stooges is proof of it. Romney
    will do anything, say anything, stand with anyone, and defend no one, except himself. By doing so he has
    accepted Trump's birther garbage, he allowed his gay advisor to be kicked to the curb, and he falls on the
    short side of "truthiness".

    May 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    @boydgordon, step out od the teapublikan bubble. Gas prices have gone down at least 40 cents here in MD and a gallon is fie cents less than it was a year ago. The country was downgraded thanks to the rethugs in congress!!!
    I am sure your imbeciles at faux ness don't esnt to report this because even if they wrongly blame the president when gas prices go up they can't afford to give him credi when the price goes down.
    Yiu are the typical eight wing lemming who can't see beyond their nose and see the truth for what it is. It's beyond pathetic!

    May 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. RF Burns

    Love to see Trump debate Biden. I'd pay money to see that. Biden is such a putz.

    May 25, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Bill

    Theater. Nothing more.

    May 25, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Bob

    Romney picking Trump would be very similar to McCain picking Palin. A sure way to blow the election.

    May 25, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. griffbos

    Mitt will not pick the donald, he is to independent, MItt needs a lap dog as VP just not sure where he will find one..............

    May 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. John B.

    Sounds GREAT to me! 2 people in office that have no care in the world about the US...just their own bank accounts. PERFECT!!! (for the Dems that is).

    May 25, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. calvin

    Really, Really what a joke

    May 25, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Looking at this from a realistic perspective, how many people believe that The Donald would accept the 2nd Banana position to anyone. His ego is too great to not be #1. Just another attempt by him to be relevant. By the way, Donald, where is that evidence your folks found in Hawaii?

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

    Here we go again..Donald has got a new thing he can attach his overblown ego to..Go for it Donald Barnum and Bailey are holding auditions

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

    @ getoverit -Biden is definitely more qualified than Trump!!!!!!!!!! You need to lay off the bottle. Better yet put down the pipe. You have to be on something to make a statement like that or you truly think that being dumb is smart. Palin got to you didn't she? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. timothy

    First Sarah Palin and now Donald Trump? GOP Tea Party Birthers are completely wacko is the only explanation.

    May 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Orwell Sees it


    "Who would turn it down?"

    May 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. DW

    Repudiate the birthers now, Romney. ...or step aside.

    May 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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