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. Voiceinthewind

    Wow two 99% right wing lunatic's for sure, just what America needs, another set of reublicants to send it deeper into banckrupcy than The Shrub and his crew did.

    May 25, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Stephen in VA

    Yes! Please pick Trump as Veep candidate! We soooo need more humor in this campaign; it's gotten too serious. We need to all be reminded of such great successes as Trump Vodka, Trump Airlines, Trump Hair...yes, yes, yes!

    May 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. firebird9999

    Two profiteers who know nothing else but stuffing their pockets with other people's money? Now THAT would be funny if it wasn't so absolutely terrifying!

    May 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Maggie53

    Trump is 100% corret that our country is in a total mess. An inexperienced Obama has made a bad situation into a total wreck. He has to go so democrats/liberals get ready to see Obama voted out of office in November/12. Get used to the idea because it will be a reality soon. We cannot afford 4 more years of Obama's failed policies. Time for him to go back to Chicago.

    May 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. mike.s

    Just what the Republican ticket needs, another Palin-like, self-centered nutjob as VP candidate.

    May 25, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Neurotoxin

    Yes, Romney, PLEASE choose Trump as your VP. Ron Paul is just a few pebbles short of the critical mass needed to steal the convention from you, adding this clown's name to the ticket just might do it. Give American's the gift of a real choice in November by destroying your joke of a candidacy.

    May 25, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. socalgal

    We thought Palin was a disaster. This ticket would be a dems dream.

    May 25, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. ezduzit757

    Romney-Trump? Really? If Romney could be so stupid as to even entertain the tiniest thought of selecting that pompous moron then he deserves whatever he gets – which will be to loose by the biggest landslide ever seen in American history.

    May 25, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. bilk7

    Trump says a lot of people are asking that question? WHO??? I haven't heard anyone mention Trump as a VP running mate. Romney is almost certain to lose in November but if he picked Trump to run with him, it would be Nixon-McGovern all over again. Romney would lose by a record margin!

    May 25, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. JohnRJohnson

    OH, I HOPE THIS HAPPENS! Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, two multi-millionaires who love to fire people on the Republican ticket. IT would be downright epic.

    May 25, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. ezduzit757

    @Maggie53 – you must be getting all of your news from Fox. Try another channel and get some real facts.

    May 25, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. JJC

    As I was reading this article I heard the theme music from "Benny Hill". Please, Mitt, PLEASE pick Trump!

    May 25, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. souptwins

    No way does Romney choose Trump. He acted like he could barely stand to be on the same podium when receiving the endorsement in Vegas. This would make McCain choosing Palin seem like a good idea. Colossal Fail!!

    May 25, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Michael

    This must be someones idea of a joke.
    TAXPAYERS COULDN'T AFFORD Trump's hair care.(if it's hair could be a badger)

    May 25, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Mike

    This is a great idea. This would insure Obama's 2012 election. It would result in the biggest electio disparity in history.

    May 25, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Merle

    Go ahead, Mitt, choose The Donald. No one else wants to end their political career.

    May 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. pntherpaw86

    I love how the deluded repubs post comments on this article about how we should prepare for Obama to be voted out of office in November. Because the majority of Americans really want to see Romney and The Donald in the White House ... I think not! Obama 2012!

    May 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. normajean @ verizon ,com

    A vote for Trump is a wasted vote!

    May 25, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Manny Báez

    God given gift to late night comedy. Run Trumpy Run !!!!

    May 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Ed

    I'm a lifelong Republican, but I will vote for Obama if this buffoon is on the ticket with Romney.

    May 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Save Us Jeebus

    PLEASE pick Trump!! PLEASE!!! I'm always entertained by an ego-maniac with enough money to inform everyone he's an idiot.

    May 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. GRS62

    Romney/Trump...perfect combination to seal the deal for Obama. Make it happen!

    May 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Paganini

    Please, please, please make this happen. Two kings of bankruptcy would be a classic ticket! Trump screwed so many people out of money in NYC by using "legal bankruptcy" in the eighties and nineties that I'd love to see him finally called out on it...

    May 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. fred37ify

    Boy , two successful businessmen just drive the liberals even crazier then they normally are ! Too funny !

    May 25, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. toby

    No modern sitting president has been reelected under such an abysmal economy. Obama is in trouble.

    May 25, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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