GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together
May 24th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
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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. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I'd rather have a burger in a tavern than sit with these three pukes!

    May 24, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. dbc

    Was hoping the "big news" was Trump getting rid of that skunk on his head. I would rather eat with my dog out of his bowl than dine with those 3 buffoons. The hypocrite meter at their table just might explode!

    May 24, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Three arrogant elitist idiots. I wouldn't eat with them if they paid ME. I have standards for character, honesty, integrity, and values and not one of these 3 has any. Romney is no leader. He is a really bad liar, has no principles, changes values based on the audience before him, and has not a single solution for our nation's recovery. He refuses to answer any questions of substance on the issues and just switches to attacking President Obama with disgusting lies. He cannot be trusted.
    Let these 3 eat cake!

    May 24, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Gadsden Gurl

    hah, is this the same romney that is bleeding delegates to ron paul? Not so fast bucko, you may not be the nominee after all... this certainly isn't going to help you... it's like the 3 stooges!

    May 24, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. jim

    Trump's only big move is moving that fat pumpkin head from point A to point B

    May 24, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Karm99

    I had to check my calendar to see if it was April 1.......

    For a party that touts its agenda as being inspired by the divine, it is ludicrous to put these three together.

    If anything, it is a divine comedy.........

    May 24, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. gg

    so this what the face of the republican party is 2012–even reagan would distance himself from this crew

    May 24, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Dave

    To all you left wing lunatics- Obama hasn't done enough damage for you yet? Give him four more years and this will be nothing more than a third world banana republic. I hope all of your children and grandchildren live in poverty under what this raiical marxist has and will do if he is given four more years. The destruction is just beginning....

    May 24, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. wavychips

    I want to take this moment to thank the stooges of the GOP for President Obama's next term.

    May 24, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. lvh2

    Dine with obama? Dine with Donald...I'll take Trump.....
    I just don't like "arugula".

    May 24, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Rightturns

    Nothing to add to the conversation from most of the comments here. Nothing but insults and petty character attacks. Very sad.

    May 24, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Dutra

    How low can you go? Next thing you know Mitt will be in Hollywood!

    May 24, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. LoLo

    People please wake up. This repub/TP party has lost their minds. I can not believe that people are falling for this hogwash. Hatred must be eating them alive. The actually think tha it is okay that the Three Stooges are acting as one big happy family and everything will be okay, they have all the solutions. They have solutions alright, Steal from the poor and give to the rich to make their pockets heavier. One thing is for sure Mittens should not cut education. We are in bad shape as citizens of the USA.

    May 24, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Factchecker

    All the drones on here are name calling because they realize Nerobama is fiddling while America burns.

    May 24, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Michael

    Not sure I really like this move on the GOP's behalf... but at least you'd be dining with SUCCESSFUL businessmen and could perhaps learn a thing or two (or at the very least, have the peace of mind that they will do a better job with the economy than Obama)

    May 24, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    At first glance, I thought the headline read, "Trump Has Big BM," which, upon reading the article, is closer to the truth ...

    May 24, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Pat I IL

    Having either one of these two clowns campaigning for someone is ad enough, but both of them as to be the kiss of death for Romney. The people have already spoken of their lack of resect for both Trump and Gingrich, so why do they want to drag Romney down with them?

    May 24, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. tor5

    Shouldn’t they be meeting at Circus Circus?

    May 24, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. sayer

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Can these guys come up with ONE original idea?

    May 24, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Jewels

    Maybe if we're lucky, Mitt will resurrect the birth cert. like some on the right are doing yet again! Honestly, I think there are more and more crazy people in this country every passing day...

    May 24, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. timz

    "Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said, "he's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."

    You're darn tootin' Romney's not just going to sit back and just "let" bad things happen to this country . . . he's going to pitch in and work hard to *make* them happen. You have The Donald's word on it.

    May 24, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. glorydays

    This must be Romney's idea of water boarding....

    May 24, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Jersey Girl

    Cecilia – why do you call R-Money "pres elect?" He will never be president, so he obviously will NEVER be president-elect. The closest he'll get to the White House is perhaps peeking thru the windows! LOL. He is a terrible person, a total liar, a big flip-flopper, everything that is negative about being a human. But I forgot, he isn't...

    May 24, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. MikeB

    Oh I get it ...
    It's a play off of Obama's "Dinner with Obama" ads.
    It's really a great way to have fun with Obama's ad and get some contributions to Romney's campaign.
    Oh ... but if Romney does it; that's to be derided by the Obama minions.

    May 24, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Gregor Stephan

    Is it possible for an American mainstream political party to be so utterly narcissistic that it doesn't have a bloody clue how it appears to anyone else? It was sad enough to watch a leadership race run as a farce, coming down to three "friends of Jayzuss" pimping their own righteousness while doing their best to (righteously, of course) festoon each the others' head with slime.
    I am not an American, but since childhood I have admired the USA and remember deriving comfort from the sense of having a big brother next door. I don't know what happened, won't presume to know what went wrong, but something certainly changed, and it leaves me puzzled that America voters seem to have bought into the fools' antics that have accompanied the deterioration, the insults to the very process that underlay the US's claim to being a bastion and champion of democracy and freedom.
    Your freedoms are illusory now, the various (and many) "intelligence" and "security" agencies seemingly convinced that your country is under constant dire threat, and that the threat resides in the hearts of Americans.
    Your once-mighty economy is in tatters, in large part because your government is happy to take the last real dollars out of your pocket to save the hides of bankers and other moneymen who gamble on credit, walk away with billions and do not share the suffering when the birds come home to roost. Wasn't there a lesson in the Savings and Loan scandal? Weren't there supposed to be some kind of controls put into place?
    I could go on and on, but the subtext throughout is: Is there anyone paying attention?

    May 24, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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