Trump headed to another early voting state
April 20th, 2011
09:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Trump headed to another early voting state

(CNN) - Donald Trump already has trips to Iowa and New Hampshire scheduled for June. Now the businessman, real estate mogul and reality TV star who's flirting with running for the White House will head to another state that votes early in the presidential primary and caucus calendar: Nevada.

CNN has confirmed that Trump will speak to several Republican women's groups at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on April 28. Trump, the owner of the Trump International Hotel and Tower on the Strip, was already scheduled to be in Las Vegas next week for the wedding of his friend Steve Wynn, the billionaire casino owner. The story was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Saturday Trump headlined a tea party Tax Day rally in Boca Raton, Florida, his first political event since he started talking of a possible run earlier this year. In June, Trump's scheduled to headline an Iowa GOP dinner and also make an appearance in New Hampshire. Those two states kick off the presidential primary and caucus season. Nevada's caucus is scheduled to go third, according to a calendar approved by the Democratic and Republican national party committees.

Trump has said he'll make a decision on a White House bid by June.

Trump's now tied with former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 GOP White House hopeful Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked whom they would support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll that was released last week . But while the survey indicates Trump has nearly doubled his support since a mid-March poll, it also indicates that more than four in ten Republicans say they don't want to see Trump toss his hat in the ring.

Trump has said he could spend hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money on a campaign for the presidency. He also recently told the Wall Street Journal that he might also make an independent run for the White House if he doesn't capture the GOP nomination.

Trump has made numerous appearances on the cable news networks and other outlets over the past two months, as he's increased his discussions of running for the White House, and as he's increased his attacks on President Barack Obama's performance in office.

He has also repeatedly questioned whether the president was born in the U.S. and asks why Obama doesn't produce his birth certificate. In 2008, the Obama presidential campaign released a copy of the certificate, saying the serial number was blacked out for concern over Hawaiian procedure. Since then, many news organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the original with the serial number, an embossed seal and a stamped signature.

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Nevada
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. righthook38

    While Trump has been gaining in the polls, and he seems to be saying all the right things, I don't know that this will last long. If you go back and listen to his interviews over the last 4-5 years, a lot of what he's saying now contradicts his previous comments. While people can legitimately change their mind, it does give cause for doubt, when it comes to his sincerity and loyalties. He gives large contributions to liberal Democratic campaigns, but now aligns himself with the tea party and calls himself a conservative. I've never seen any other conservative give contributions to Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Anthony Weiner. Makes you wonder....

    April 20, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Do you get the feeling that elements of the far right are trying to disavow Trump? They are not exactly trying to distance themselves, but there appears to be a unified, across the board active effort forming to disavow and discredit Trump within conservative ranks. A good question is why?

    This goes beyond the birther non-issue. Trump claims to be wealthy, wealthy enough to finance his own campaign, which means he does not need Koch brothers donations. That's what it looks like on the surface of it.

    By the way. Trump thinks running a government is a like running a business. The man is a loose cannon. He lacks the verbal skills of a diplomat. He lacks the insight of a general. He lacks the vision of a leader of minds. He lacks clues, which means he doesn't have any.

    All he that really is, is just another angry boss who motivates employees through intimidation and menacing "You're fired."

    April 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. JJOE

    Donald Who??????? What a joke!!!!!!! If the Republicans nominate him will surely show a party that is in difiant with the Great Nation called the USA. Go Away we want a serious, intellagant candidate.

    April 20, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Bob Dog

    Trump is fantastic entertainment!! He is completely destroying any remaining credibility the republicans once had. This is so great to see.

    If you are a dim wit, republican wacko, the choices are very difficult this year: Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Barbour, Gingrich, etc. The choices are endless!!

    April 20, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. once upon a horse

    once NBC renews Trump's realiity show next month the joke is going to be on all these dumb Tea Party folks and other righties that have been coming out to support him. Of course he can NOT run for POTUS and have a television show. Right now he's just enjoying all the attention he's getting and when he gets a question he has no answer for he says EXCUSE ME....which means he has to be in control. I thought most conservatives were too smart to fall for this kind of act, but I guess I was wrong. Then again look who a lot of the conservatives ARE!! LOL

    April 20, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Keep gassing Trump's head up as if he's the man for the job. In a span of 11 years, he's gone from being an extreme liberal, to being a psycho conservative. In 1999 he proposed a 14.25% tax increase on the wealthy and universal healthcare just like Canada. Where did that Trump go? I LIKE THAT TRUMP. Apparently in the last decade he was abducted by aliens and brainwashed.

    April 20, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Besides the Birther Baboon Brigade recanting, this must be a SSSSSSSSLOOOOOOOOOWW news day.

    April 20, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. rusty155

    This man Donald Trump He DON"T what Party he for He Back Hillary Clinton In 2008 and she was a Democrats, And now he a Republican. Well all I think the man file bankrupt three time and he say he as a lot of money, but I bet he don't have as mush as he claim he dose. I think he Is just a big JOKE and making him look like a fool.

    April 20, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Obama should Trump a thank-you note for burying the "birther" issue and laying it to rest.

    Too bad, the issue was such a gift that kept on paying. Trump won't let it go until he announces the results of his investigations, though. That moment will be a defining moment for Trump. I hope he shines brightly when it comes. Unfortunately for Trump, he will have to perform some major flip-flops on several fronts to do so. To shine brightly, then he must tell some truths.

    April 20, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Marjee123

    This guy is bigger bully than the article you posted about Christie. He just doesn't have a public office to enforce it. Just look at the expressions on his face and you can see he thinks he is the ONE WHO SHOULD BE OBEYED. Rational Americans can see, but the whole darn bunch of tea bags and republicans sure need glasses to catch it.

    He decided that if Palin could run around the country begging for celeb attention, he wanted to give it a whack. He didn't have enough people kow towing to him so he went for it.

    April 20, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Fact check is a sell out

    A part of homeland security is doing a investigation into Obama birth certificate. They just finished step one in the process and said fact check is not a trustworthy site for information. It's all a scam and everybody knows it. God said everything done in the dark will be brought to the light. This issue is not going away no time soon.

    April 20, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Marc Ramblers

    Presidents have come and gone siince Mr Trump began making decision to run for the whitehouse some 30 years ago.. He would have fired anyone in his employment for that lack of courage.When it comes to polititics, he can bark but cannot bite. Moreover, the only issue he talks about concerns MONEY.

    April 20, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Isn't Celebrity Apprentice over yet?

    I think that's all he's doing – raising his profile to get better ratings.

    April 20, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |