September 19th, 2012
01:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Trump on Romney clips: Shows better president than candidate

(CNN) – On the second day Mitt Romney's campaign sought to explain controversial recordings of the Republican presidential candidate speaking at a fundraiser, Donald Trump had his own frank explanation and analysis.

"I think he's somebody that will make a great president," Trump said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "That doesn't mean he's going to be a great campaigner, but he will be a great president.

"There are very, very different abilities," Trump said.

Romney called a press conference late Monday to explain clips of the recordings, which were then released in longer form on Tuesday. In them, Romney is heard telling supporters at a fund-raiser that President Barack Obama has 47% of the electorate to himself because that portion is dependent on the government.

Trump predicted that, "ultimately people will see through all of this," and charged that "the media" was building this story into something more significant than what it was.

"I blame the media but I don't blame the Obama folks, if they can get away with it, for doing exactly what they're doing," he said on the show. "But I really think that Mitt can handle pressure well."

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  1. silvergoal

    Conversely...Obama is a great campaigner – yet – he's proved to be a lousy President.

    September 19, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. Thomas

    With that said , Great Hair !

    September 19, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. Bessy

    Trump just has to crawl out from under the wood work, doesn't he ? If Mitt was serious about his campaign he wouldn't even be seen with this guy.

    September 19, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  4. Charlie from the North

    When a potential President declares that he "does not care about neaky 1/2 of our citizenry that is the very definition of a big deal.

    September 19, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  5. helenecha

    Romney had made it clear that his job is not to worry about those people. That means Romney not only is a great campaigner but also will be a great president.

    September 19, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  6. bassman

    Compare how our media treats Mitt Romney's comment and Pres.Obama saying ""I Actually Believe In Redistribution" and you will understand why Republicans think our media is in the tank for Pres.Obama.

    September 19, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  7. Dave

    Earth to Donald: no one cares what you think.

    September 19, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  8. chill

    A great president for the Trumps of the world.

    September 19, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney ----- Lying for votes.

    September 19, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. coffey77

    Piers, first you complimented Trump when you told him that even though he is richer than Romney people love him in New York, thanks to his great ability to communicate. Then you asked why some millionaires communicate better than other millionaires and Trump essentially says, you either have it or you don't -and, of course, he does.
    Then it's Trump's turn to go into effusion mode and you went all agaga and looked like a kiss-a.. when he told you what a great show host you are and he watches you every night. It was like watching (even though Trump wasn't there) two helium-filled ballons soaring, soaring into the wide blue yonder. Spare us the "you're good, oh thank, you're good too". It's nauseating.

    September 19, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Squigman

    Trump, needs to set this one out. He's out matched and out weighed by many tons. He's looking for a payoff, that ain't int he cards.

    September 19, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |