Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney
March 12th, 2012
10:14 AM ET
8 years ago

Trump: Candidates should quit for Romney

(CNN) – For their decision to remain in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump called the other Republican candidates "disgraceful."

The real estate mogul said it is time for Republicans to unite around the eventual nominee Romney to avoid aiding President Barack Obama's re-election.

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"If they're good Republicans they're going to say, 'Look, we've got to beat Obama, lets get together,'" Trump said Monday on Fox News. "Somebody has to get together and end this thing because now it's getting tiresome and people are not liking it. The only one liking it is Obama."

Trump, who flirted with his own presidential bid earlier in the year, pushed back against recent Santorum wins.

"He's not winning … he's not going to win and it's just not going to happen," Trump said, after pointing to his 2006 Pennsylvania Senate loss. "At a certain point you have to get behind a person and you have to start going after Obama, not each other. And what Republicans are doing is disgraceful."

He acknowledged the energizing component of a primary battle but said the process should end now.

"Romney's going to win, and I think it's now time for us to focus on Obama, which we're not doing," Trump said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney • Republicans
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Kim

    That photo of Trump alone is worth 10,000 words. Team Romney must be nervous if this clown is summoned to come on stage. The blond version of super-bully Gov Chris Chris-sano helping Eddie Haskell to fight his battles for him. BTW Willard, are you still thinking of Chris Chris-sano for VP? Hope so, lose the military/veteran vote, too.

    March 12, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Interviewing the rodent on Trump's head would probably produce more coherent ideas.

    March 12, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. jlf

    why listen to him...the only reason he endorsed Romney is because they are both flip-floppers and fellow 1%ers....Trump isn't a true Republican because he said he would become an Independent in order to run for President if he didn't like the Republican nominee. so who is he to say the Republicans need to unite when he doesn't know what his own party affiliation is!

    March 12, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    I think "the Donald" is right on this one. IF they don't get behind Romney – especially after the next 3 states ( the 3 southern states) It may spell trouble for the repubs. – The Independents won't go for the right wingers, such as santorum & the newter. Those are the ones who are going to decide the election, in addition to the hispanic & latino population. If Santorum or Gingrich gets the nomination – this country will end up going backwards about 30 years. The women voters won't stand for it, that's why the Female Voters are Also the ones who are going to decide the election.

    March 12, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. AngryBob

    When is the press going to finally get it? This guy, Trump, is a complete clown. Quit giving him the stage, he's not that important.

    March 12, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. mike

    Yikes, the kiss of death has endosed Mitt. That's almost as bad as a Palin endorsement.

    March 12, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Rich in NJ

    Hmmm... by this logic Romney should quit in favor of Obama, since it's clear that Obama is going to win.

    March 12, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I like seeing the GOP tear each other a new one. It isn't disgraceful. It is what goes on and is just more apparent now during an election.

    March 12, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Groucho Marxist

    Bozo is speaking, but the other clowns don't seem to be listening.

    March 12, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. nena

    He's at it again, as soon as he sees that noone is paying attention to him, he runs to the mike and says dumb things. Trump is full of it. He offers nothing of value when he speaks, he might as well just keep quiet.

    March 12, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. manistee49660

    Barbara Bush and her assessment of the Republican primary has gotten it right on! Donald Trump and politics? Come on what does he know?

    March 13, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  12. Jackie

    Romney & Trump are victims of "the tall poppy syndrome". (Google it ). Just read the above comments and see what I mean.

    March 13, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. Draac

    Trump is correct !

    March 13, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Fed Up

    When W was in office and gas was 4 dollars a gallon, the Republicans said nothing could be done about the rising price of gas. Now the Republicans are jumping up and down, blaming Obama for rising gas prices. They're all nothing but a pack of hypocrites and liars, including Trump.

    March 13, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Roger

    Didn't Trump change his party affiliation?

    March 13, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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