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. sassysticks53

    Obviously all the Lefty Loon Haters think that Joe "Dan Quayle" Biden is more qualified. LMFAO!!!

    LOL! Biden is more qualified! Bad Hair Trump made a complete fool of himself with the birther crap. Obama made a fool out of Trump the Chump in front of millions of people. All Trump the Stump could do was sit there and take it – looking like the fool that he is. The whole world knows Trump is an idiot! P.S. I'm glad you admitted that Dan Quayle was an idiot!

    May 25, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Maggie53...OMG is that your age or your IQ? You need to stop listening to Glenn Beck and FoxNews and get some REAL facts iunder your brow because in your post you spouted nothing but myths.

    May 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. mimi of Toronto

    When I say, "This will indeed seal the deal," I meant, for President Obama.

    May 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Mr. 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" would outsource the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    I guess since President O went all "alpha male" on Mittens a$$ yesterday, now the GOP is considering tying two Omega males together, hopefully, by the uh, necks.

    May 25, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Orchid333

    This election won't even be close... the media only claims it is so people will keep watching.

    May 25, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. acajunthatsagun

    Dum and Dumber – what a pair!

    May 25, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Me

    Yes! This would simply be fantastic for the United States. A Mitt / Trump ticket for 2012. Yes, simply the best idea I have heard regarding Mitt Romney'srun for the Presidency!

    May 25, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney will "turn Trump down" but he'll never admit it. Trump will come up with the same old lie he told last year, "I had to finish off my season show for contract reasons(money)".

    May 25, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Nancy
    I actually had to re-read the headline twice to make sure somebody didn't spike my coffee. The rest of the article? I didn't even bother.◄

    DITTO!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 25, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. FedUp

    Oh puuuuhhhhhhlease!

    May 25, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. craig

    Romney-Trump? I would never have thought the GOP could out-do McCain-Palin, but...this combination would do it. Goldwater-Miller looks downright sane compared to this idea.

    May 25, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. jlf2002

    I didn't read any of the article, but ...HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    May 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. BD70

    Say what? Yes...by all means put him on your ticket Mitt.

    May 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Shannon

    Could Republicans be more pathetic!

    May 25, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Bill

    Not going to happen. If it does we might as well change our name to the Clown Party.

    May 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. stallion

    you are fired donald.

    May 25, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Lloyd

    I hope Mittens picks Trump the Stump. It'll give millions one more reason to back Obama-Biden.

    May 25, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Me

    Again, I love this idea – and people please, see the magic of this. They say Hollywood is mostly all Democrats, but GOP / Tea turns out to show it all wrong – every important election for many years now, it is with the GOP there is real Hollywood!

    2012
    Donald Trump, reality show star

    2008
    Sarah Palin, reality TV show star and TV news commentator +
    Mike Huckabee TV show host +
    Fred Thompson, TV Film star

    2004 - Sitting Republican President not challenged, no need for Hollywood stars

    2000 Pat Buchanan, TV show host

    1996 Pat Buchanan, TV show host

    1992 Pat Buchanan, TV show host

    1988 Pat Robertson, Media mogul, TV star

    1984 Ronald Reagan, Movie star

    1980 Ronald Reagan, movie star

    May 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Bando

    Oh please......please.......please.......please.........please.

    May 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Not Fat

    And watch the GOP continue to downsize the middle class. What a nightmare for America.

    May 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Len

    Oh please let that happen!!!!!

    May 25, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Whythehateyawn

    It's confirmed, The GOP has no interest in having someone in the Whitehouse in the upcoming election. This comment is comming from a recovering Republican, I'm on step 12!

    May 25, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. ginette/Mexico

    God, protect us!

    May 25, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. works4me

    Now we can have two that are full of mitt...

    May 25, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Me Again

    Romney will pick a fellow member of his social club (the Mormon Church) to be his running mate and then he'll swear to God it's coincidental!

    May 25, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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