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. Connie

    Please tell Wolf Blizer to run this on Situation Room today over and over as he did the Rothschild endorsement on Wednesday.Of course Donald was a recipient of government bailout. Connie from Indiana

    September 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jean

    By forehand they are safe: no daily money problems, they don't have go and fight a war themselves in countries the States has nothing to do with......... sorry, OIL of course and fear.... fear.... anybody who is straight doesn't have fear.The McCain/Bush and Palin pull the whole world with them in destruction. Because they don't have it.
    The USA lose all her benefits so far.
    Please: Common sense people

    September 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Frantz from Atlanta

    Of course, Donald Trump needs more tax breaks. Under the McPalin economic plan, the rich gets richer.

    September 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Ohio Guy

    This, in and of itself should be Obama's next commercial. Hilarious!

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. conatasustenamus

    Barbara Streisand–is also a multi-millionaire.
    Ask her...when was the last time she punched a time clock.

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. REAL Change

    ANOTHER DISTRACTION FROM THE RICH-McCain and Palin, the email didn’t work American people…….TICKET THAT IS FULL of Drama…EVERYDAY!!!…“As soon as we got to see her and watch her, everybody’s impressed,” said Trump".-----–Well their goes another millionaire who cares nothing about our economy crisis. Who did McCain say want to be a celebrity. So Trump since you are so impressed with Palin, after Nov. we look forward to you giving her a CEO position, making an impressive yearly salary. Her resume does met your requirements within the company you keep lies, abuses power of authority, read note cards, have a high rate of running from reporters, hides behind a political party to evade the law. Now that I think about it, she would fit right into you and your group of millions made on someone else’s lose. Yes, she would fit right in, she can give your company the same financial debt she has given the Alaska people
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. David Orbach, New York, NY


    Believe me, he is just as irrelevant here in New York as he is everywhere else.

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Sean Chong

    Trump's argument that taxing the $250k will somehow cut down the distribution of wealth to the lower-income people is somehow twisted. Yes, you will need to give incentives to become rich, however, I think the taxation should be progressive, so that the richer people share the burden of taxation. If they could donate their money for charitable purposes, they will enjoy tax cut (like what we're doing now), if they prefer to keep their money, in properties etc. in order to earn more money, how does that help the country and how does that redistribute wealth?

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Kevin C

    I just have to post on Fox , this is a GREAT example of CNN ONLY posting NEGATIVE McCain posts. NOT my previous psot (which didn;t get posted), Not one postive McCain post. McCain has a 61% approval rating and you REALLY think CNN is posting equal comments here? Just a hateful bunch of liberals posting here. Just look at the Venom for ANYONE who supports McCain. First, you radical Left Wing nuts, attack Palin BEFORE YOU EVEN KNEW WHO SHE WAS. Now, let's go after the Donald. But, you'd be kissin his Butt if he endorsed Obama. The Democratic motto, "ULTRA HYPOCRATES".

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Tim

    Bravo, Folks. Funniest thread I've seen so far. I'm still laughing.

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Susan

    Trump the schmuck. Aren't his 15 minutes up yet? Of course he is for Republicans, gotta keep those tax cuts rolling his way!

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Richard in Atlanta

    ... and McCain calls Obama an east coast elitist? Pathetic! McCain has so many lobbyists & wealthy CEO's supporting him it's ridiculous. Yes Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP who received $21M after getting fired from Hewlett Packard & a key economic advisor to McCain, I'm talking about you! Middle America needs to wake up ... McCain is another wolf in sheeps clothing.

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. James Nolan

    I have to wonder about the people who are putting down Mcain because he has money.

    The last time I check it out Obama was not standing in any cheese lines. **News Flash** Obama is rich also. He no closer in touch with the american people than Mcain is.

    I do not know about you I cannot afford a Barbara Striesand concert nontheless a 26,000 dollar a plate event. You want to get in touch with america kick back at the local bars and have a 5.00 dollar cover charge.

    We all want a president who will help us gain our American dream but we get jelous and hurl comments when the candidate actually has lived this dream.

    No one president is going to change this country, this is the facts. We keep changing our direction at every election. not going to work.

    If you go back to the founding fathers of this country, not sure many have.. The federalist views was to have government play almost a non-existant role in our lifes. Democrats do not see it this way.

    Before we start blaming the economy on Bush, we have to look back that these wheels were set turning during the Clinton Administration, Nafta anyone..

    Cnn will not post this, they never do, you say something bad about Obama and they run.
    The news Media wants Obama, plain and simple. George Orwell was write in one aspect big brother does control us. He got it wrong though it was not the government it was the Media.

    That is all I got to say.... Farewell CNN (Clinton News network)

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Samantha

    Could CNN actually report news? Of course Trump would vote for McCain. Obama will help a majority of the American people with his tax plan while McCain will help a few, like Trump, who already makes more money than one person needs.

    CNN find some real news to report... I'm seriousy about to switch to MSNBC...

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Hemal

    That's right....a failed businessman many times over, obviously endorses the failed economic policies of Bush-McCain! How many times did Trump's businesses file for bankruptcy? The guy is a joke!

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. conatasustenamus

    J from DC

    If you don't pay taxes now...and get several thousand a year just for being an American, filing, and having a few kids–how much more do you really expect to make without paying?

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. nancy

    Well of course he does. Obama will tax the rich. duh. And when is this idiot going to look in a mirror and see how rediculous his "combover" looks. I wonder if he knows how many houses he has. Obama is lucky not to have his endorsement.

    So long has been

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. white independant for Obama

    Gee, watching Palin on Tv right now, who said she just had Trig, "about" 4 months ago, WOW, isnt it amazing how fast she got her "figure" back ???? Hey, maybe thaqts the figure she means when she says she is economy proficiant..wonder where Trig is right now, and where he was when she was getting her figure back, and who was running Alaska during that time too >? wonder if she will show up on campaign now in a swim suit, evening gown , tiarra ???? this is too sad to even be funny anymore...
    Obama, Please Obama, for 08

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. J.L.

    Makes sense, rich guy voting for McCain... should be no surprise there. Folks like Trump make up the important part of the Republican base... the part that gives them the most campaign contribution... I mean someone like Trump would get the most benefits out of McCain's tax breaks. A couple million here, a couple million there... of course, who makes up for that tax break? The rest of us... wake up people... stop being so gullible...

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. jet in memphis

    yes mr trump likes the mccain tax becos it favors the rich,and listening to him last night on larry king shows me how this guy does not care about the poor Americans, all he wants to know his, who will serve his own personal interest. it is a shame that guys like this can open their big mouth to say the reason why i support mccain is because of his tax policy which is the same as george bush taxes.

    you are a disgrace.

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Herman In LA

    Of course he would more tax cuts for him...

    These people make me sick...

    Because of greed they have taken this country down...

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Bill Tampa

    If I were Trump, I'd endorse him too, because Trumpie is about to pay his fair share in TAXES WHEN Barack becomes POTUS. No more free ride on the tax payers Trumpie....!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. White evangelical now for obama--Repugs are liars

    That will still not erase McCain's lack of of economic ideas as he has already stated.

    How many houses does trump add to the ticket?

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Chuck

    This kind of support is not in McPalin's best interest. People lost respect for this looney years ago after he trashed his wife for a younger woman. OH wait, McPalin did the same thing didn't he. I guess they do have something in common. Both of them are scum.

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Baze

    Of course Trump likes Palin, he wishes that he could have her on the next episode of the Apprentice. And if America fails, oh well, he'll just buy his way into whoever becomes the next superpower.


    September 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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