GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together
May 24th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
8 years ago

GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together

(CNN) – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be joined in Las Vegas next week by two of his backers: former candidate Newt Gingrich and reality television star Donald Trump.

The event will take place Tuesday at Trump's International Hotel on the Strip. Romney's campaign is also raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters who donate to the campaign.

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"I want you: Dine with the Donald," a campaign flier proclaims, along with a drawing of Trump.

The campaign offers: "Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle; Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom; Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney."

Trump, who flirted with a bid for the White House last year, said he wouldn't run for the White House because he didn't want to cancel his reality show, "The Apprentice" in order to comply with equal air time laws for candidates.

After a parade of GOP candidates visited Trump in Manhattan, the celebrity business magnate finally announced he was backing Romney in February.

"It's my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney," Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said, "he's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."

Trump was not always so positive regarding Romney's record. During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" in April, Trump criticized Romney for eliminating jobs while in the private sector.

"He'd buy companies. He'd close companies. He'd get rid of jobs," Trump told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I've built a great company. My net worth is many many times Mitt Romney."

Gingrich, who dropped his bid for the GOP nomination in April, said in a CNN interview soon after suspending his campaign he was backing Romney.

"I said I want to campaign for him and he will appoint dramatically better judges than the president and he'll do a better job creating jobs than the president and he'll do far more to balance the budget. I went down the list of why Mitt Romney is better than Barack Obama," Gingrich said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

CNN's Steve Brusk and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Donald Trump • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Beverly - NYC

    Once again Mitt is content to follow President Obama's lead. Dinner with two Presidents ( Obama & Clinton) or three wannabes who will never hold the job, decisions, decisions.

    May 24, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. garc

    Oh good, the Three Stooges.

    May 24, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. mark

    No Obama Drama

    Like him or not, Donald Trump draws a crowd.
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    So does the lunatic down the street, whats your point?

    May 24, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. JASON

    This again proves that republican voters are dumber than they might appear I am pretty sure the old farts in arizona are already saving their social security checks for this dinner. The funny thing is that they believe that if they go for this dinner it will give them a pass to go beyond pearly gates

    May 24, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Tex71

    Romney, Gingrich, Trump : Obama, Clinton, Clooney :: contemptuous, arrogant, offensive : cool, cool, cool

    Whoever "wins" a dinner with Romney & Co. will make the news again when some loose-tongued staffer leaks what those three say about their guest after dinner...wait for it.

    May 24, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. scoto

    Didn't want to run for President since it would conflict with his "reality" show. I think that one phrase depicts the utter debauchery that has become our political process.

    May 24, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Va native

    Really, say it aint so!

    May 24, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. AreYouForReal?!

    Sponsored by the law offices of Whee, Cheetem, and Howe....

    May 24, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. drod

    The 3 clowns – Robme, Donny, and Newty

    May 24, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. get real, America

    on the other hand, a great opportunity to give these chumps a nice coconut pie- in the face!

    May 24, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. MBSeattle

    You've got to love Trump. His need to bask in the medias limelight is his narcotic. What would this man be without the media. Just another weathty schmoe with a with a bad haircut.

    He is unorginial but a quick imitator of other peoples good ideas.

    May 24, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Would it be too much to ask if the winner could bring their spouse so that all of these guys could bring their beautiful wives as well? Republicans, and especially the conservatives, ALWAYS have the hottest wives. Eat your heart our libtards...
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    Yes, and make sure Herman Cain is there to hit on them. Romney's obviously not a real conservative, since he's never been divorced.

    May 24, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. cecilia

    is there no limit to the bad choices and stupidity of the GOP – why in the name of good sense would the pres elect dine with these other two men – romney is bad enough but he wants to go slumming

    May 24, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. American

    Romney sure is aligning with birther nonsense. No thanks.

    May 24, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. freidamurray

    Dinner with Trump? Wonder what the conversation will be like. Nevermind. There will be no conversation, Trump will just go on and on touting himself as the king of the world.

    May 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Realitybites

    I'd rather dine with Charles Mason and Mahmoud Ahmadinajad.

    May 24, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. 0rangeW3dge

    monumental poor judgement...they should add Bachmann and Perry and Sacha Cohen, and have a six-pac

    May 24, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. REPUBLICANS ARE PATHETIC

    Republicans are pathetic...exhibits 1, 2 and 3, above.

    May 24, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. KWS

    Heckle all you want. The conservatives are uniting, against all your hopes and dreams (those changes never came though). Obama is a failure. It's your worst nightmare.

    Obama goin' DOWN!

    May 24, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Well, I hope whoever wins likes crow.

    May 24, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. KWS

    Heckle all you want. The conservatives are uniting, against all your hopes and dreams (those changes never came though). Obama is sliding fast. It's your worst-case scenario.

    Obama goin' DOWN!

    May 24, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. KWS

    Heckle all you want. The conservatives are uniting, against all your hopes and dreams (those changes never came though). Obama is a failure. It's your worst nightmare.

    May 24, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Dee

    Why they think Trumps mouth is a Bible and they have to get advice from him is disturbing forget about Newt what a combination.

    People will really see who they are Trump is only trying to get on the ticket for the GOP convention. Both men denigrated Mitt and the President they have no repect.

    May 24, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Ron

    Candidates can't help who endorse them, but they can help who they campaign with. Anyone who would campaign with Donald Trump and Gingrich won't get my vote.

    May 24, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. jake

    Just look at what these three represent...corruption, greed, tax evaders, cheaters, and adultery. Everything that is wrong with America is represent here. How on earth anyone with a brain would consider these three for anything is beyond me. Talk about setting the bar really low. Garbage.

    May 24, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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