September 18th, 2008
08:52 AM ET
14 years ago

Trump endorses McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Trump also said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had rejuvenated the Republican Party."]

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump is endorsing Sen. John McCain: “I’ve known him. I like him. I respect him. He’s a smart guy and I think he’s going to be a great president,” Trump said Wednesday night on CNN’s Larry King Live. “I endorse him.”

Watch: Trump backs McCain

Trump also had praise for McCain’s decision to pick Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. “I think she’s made a tremendous impact. The impact that she has had on rejuvenating almost the Republican Party, it’s been unbelievable.”

Trump also confided that he did not know who Palin was before McCain asked her to join him on the GOP ticket. “As soon as we got to see her and watch her, everybody’s impressed,” said Trump. “That really is to John McCain’s credit. What he did in this choice is amazing. . . . It was a courageous choice.”

Trump may have announced his endorsement last night, but he voted with his pocketbook months ago; campaign finance records show Trump, who has donated to McCain for years, and gave the legal maximum to the Arizona senator in May. The same month, the members of Trump’s family — wife Melania Knauss and children Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric — also gave McCain the maximum individual donation allowed under federal campaign finance laws.

The New York mogul — who said Wednesday night that McCain was winning, but it would be a “different race” if Hillary Clinton were Obama’s running mate — was also an early financial supporter of his home state senator’s presidential campaign.

Filed under: Donald Trump • John McCain
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Jeffrey

    Is there a better reason NOT to vote for McCain?

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. larry

    all I want trump to do is stop with the hair and then I may take him seriously

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA

    ~~~~~~~WHAT A SURPRISE THERE~~~~~~~~






    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Loud & Proud Leftie

    Thank goodness Trumpie & yesterday's Baronness have joined team McCain-what a team!

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Rick

    The rich stick together and the rich get richer and richer and richer and richer and richer . . . . . . . .

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. JB in NJ

    Did anyone expect "The Donald" to do anything different here? He is one of the top 2% of the taxpayers that will see his taxes rise under Obama. He can afford it. Teachers, plumbers, waitresses, nurses, etc. can't afford it and will have lower taxes under Obama.
    Too bad, Donald.

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. BJ

    You all do know that Obama made almost 1 million dollars last year. don't you? AND GOT A TAX REFUND!

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. EJ in Texas

    Sorry Donald......YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!

    Where's Rosie when you need her?

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Frank

    So the super-rich ego-maniac endorses McCain and is against tax increases for the top 1%. Wonder why ?

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. david Armendale, SF, CA

    You can do a comb over on a Trump.
    But it's still a Trump.

    Donald Trump, god bless him, is a cut-throat business tycoon who knows who will best protect his bottom line – even if it means the little guy has to suffer more of the same downsizing and economic marginalization that we've seen over the past eight years. No surprise there.

    And if Kenny Boy Lay were still around, he'd be voting McCain as well.

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Michael

    The Geezer and Gidget have made a mess of the Rep. ticket.....sad.

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. deb in az

    just look at obamas friends out there in hollywood, dont they have a nice chunck of change to drop for dinner..... guess what robert those left wing nuts out there in hollywood are quite rich......yes bho is the elitist.... why couldnt the media attend this event? because they didnt want barrack to get caught saying something that would be spread across the he really feels about the people in america

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. rob

    Donald you are fired.

    September 18, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. McCain=the draft

    McCain had a fundraiser at $50,000 per plate recently. I guess that's ok with you.

    Obama is a rags to riches story. He WORKED for everything and his wealth (4million) is considered modest by Washington's standards.

    McCain MARRIED his wealth of over 100 million. That is after he cheated on and ditched his first wife and kids, after she was badly injured in an auto accident, for beer heiress Cindy. He then used her money to climb the political ladder.

    There is a big difference between these two men, not only on issues, but on integrity too.

    September 18, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Beth

    Looks like Donald is sweating....he'll have to pay taxes for the first time in 8 years.

    September 18, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Neutral

    Bunch of Fools!!!!!!

    Obambi already increased your taxes 4 times in the US Senate. If you're making $40,000/annually your tax already went up, you just didn't know about it.

    Problem with ya folks, your bark is worse than your bite.

    September 18, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Chris from NY

    The rich wants to get richer at the expense of those who are working sixteen hours a day and the end still doesn't meet.

    September 18, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. mark

    Donald Trumps choice to back McCain is yet another smart move by a true american success story! Mccain is the easily the most qualified canidate from day 1 !

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 18, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Ms. Smith

    Here is a "hint" to Rich from FL. People ARE, in fact, supporting Senator McCain for reasons other than their being rich or stupid. And, it is your very rude, blind adoration for your own canidate, Senator Obama, Rich, which is hurting your own cause.

    September 18, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Anna PA

    Wow! What a surprise!! Thank God!! Who would want Trump's name attached to Obama. It would be such a change for The Donald if he had to actually had to pay taxes. Shout Up Trump!

    September 18, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    The writing is on the wall. I have totally had enough. I was a firm supporter of George W. Bush and this year for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Now after paying close attention to his and her speechs I a fed us with the Bull. People are hurting because of this administration. People are out of work, the prices of everything is out of control. The most scary thing of all is all the Banks that are in financial trouble. Where will it end? For me it will end right here and right now. Enough is enough. From this day I firmly pledge my support for Obama. This country needs a fresh start and a 360 degree turnaround CHANGE. If things continue the way they are my wife and I won't be able to afford to send our children to college.

    I will vote for CHANGE – OBAMA – Please make it happen.

    September 18, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Dan , TX

    Trump wants that additional 10% reduction in his tax rate in addition to the 10% tax cut he got under Bush. That's understandable.

    If those tax cuts cause the US economy to tank more, and the social fabric of the country begins to unravel, he'll move to Switzerland, perhaps, to wait out the problem.

    I hope all the multimillionaires move to another country. Because there are plenty of us that are willing, able, and more competent to take their places.

    September 18, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Bulldog

    John McCain and Sarah Palin want to blame Wall Street for our economic mess we are in today like they did today in Iowa. The problem is that Wall Street would NOT have been able to do what they've done if John McCain and his great friend and economic adviser Phil Gramm didn't push a deregulation bill in 1999 that took away restrictions on bank and financial firms that were put in place after the Great Depression.

    John McCain has a DIRECT responsibility for the economic mess we are in but he wants to try to blame everyone else. What happened to "the buck stops here"? John McCain is a fraud.

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Bayou Joe

    All of us that have money to lose in this country (those of us who work and actually pay taxes) should be voting for McCain.

    Country is more important than Party.

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Lifelong Republican supporting Obama

    Trump is a joke!

    September 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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