Trump says he is Obama campaign's 'worst nightmare'
April 11th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump says he is Obama campaign's 'worst nightmare'

Wasington (CNN) – Top Obama advisor David Plouffe Sunday laughed off suggestions Donald Trump will ever be a serious presidential candidate, but the business mogul says he is actually the Obama campaign's "worst nightmare."

"I am leading a lot of polls and doing very well," Trump told Fox News Monday as part of his weekly segment for the network. "I can tell you I am their worst nightmare."

The comments come after Plouffe joked on ABC's "This Week" that he would love to face off against Trump in a general election match-up.

"I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising," Plouffe said with a smile. "There's zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job."

But Trump contends the opposite is true:

"I am not the person they want to run against," he said. "They know it, and I know it, and I know it for a fact. Because I have a lot of people that, frankly, are contributors to him and they tell me, 'Donald you are not the person they want to run against.'"

Trump has not led the potential GOP field in any major poll. But a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed "The Apprentice" host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are tied for second place with support from 17 percent of likely GOP voters, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 21 percent.

Filed under: 2012 • David Plouffe • Donald Trump
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  1. Alaskan Sourdough

    Don, you're just another "birther"... furthermore you're not qualified to be his shoe shine boy, go away and take your ridiculous comb over with you.

    April 11, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Mike

    Trump can explain why he chooses to buy marble from Europe when he outfits his buildings. He can also talk about all his bankruptcies as well. Trump is too much into Trump.

    April 11, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. perriwinkle

    Donald Trump has my vote, no question. He's honest & tough and he Loves America and hates what's happening.
    Can't wait to cast my vote and my family is in full agreement.

    April 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Little Tin God

    There are definitely a lot of wackos out there that will love The Donald and his birther campaign. As with the rest of the clowns currently talking about running (that would be Paliln, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Gingrich, etc.) all I can say is bring em on!

    April 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    No. Obama's 2012 campaign's worst nightmare is the current Obama administration. Plenty of big, expensive programs. Plenty of speeches telling how everything is going to be better. Pleanty of promises. And plenty of excuses.

    April 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Monica from south Florida

    LOL at that clown.

    April 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. K3Citizen

    He is not Obama's worst nightmare, he is OUR worst nightmare!! He went bankrupt after his daddy gave him several million dollars to start his own businesses. He is no better at balancing his budget than Bush or Obama. Not all of us have millionaire daddies or republican politicians to bail us out.

    April 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. jm

    This man is dumber than a rock, an ugly rock to boot. He is as big of a joke as Sara. The" Obama wasn't born in the USA" thing is about as cute as a dead skunk in the trunk of your car. Grow up Donnie, or put a pacifier in your mug so you can't spout your ignorance.

    April 11, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. paul

    Trump loses all credibility when he continues to push the "birther" theme. Everyone knows he is playing to the right wing extremists who vote in the primary. I also wonder if he knows that you just can't declare bankruptcy and start new with no debt for the nation. His foreign policy would be: "Screw you, I am the presiden"

    April 11, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. smtwnguy

    I wanna see TRMPDY DUMPTYS marrage certificates–talk about something not worth the paper there written on !!! Trump is a loud mouth,overbearing,obnioux,conceited ass-fits right in at FOX.

    April 11, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Mikel

    Donald Trump is EVERYONE'S "worst nightmare".

    April 11, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. ChicagoGuy,Chicago

    Trump it the biggest joke of the century after Palin of course.
    President wannabe, not even close to be taken seriously and be elected POTUS.We Don't need to have an high IQ to realize that.

    April 11, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Jay

    No. No. No. You're a dream come true. Please continue Dump..I mean Trump. You're actually helping my friend Obama. Keep it up Dump.

    April 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. runner305

    How can a billionaire be soooo darn stupid?? Oh, and are a dumb Birther, to use your least favorite expression. I hope you realize that you're becoming a laughingstock by harping on the birth certificate non-issue.

    April 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. thomas

    Trump is in a world that 90% of Americans want to be in and never will . Our President has larger scenarios other then Donald's ego.
    GAME SHOW NATION , 2012 is looking more like a Philippine election !

    April 11, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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