Donald Trump: I would spend ‘whatever it took’ to win White House
August 11th, 2013
04:59 PM ET
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Donald Trump: I would spend ‘whatever it took’ to win White House

(CNN) – He flirted with a presidential run that never materialized in 2012, but Donald Trump is again making forays - serious or otherwise - into White House politics.

The real estate mogul and reality television host trekked to Iowa this weekend, along with other potential 2016 candidates Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, to speak at the evangelical Family Leader Conference.

And he told ABC News that he was willing to spend big on a presidential campaign - that is, if he decides to run for real this time.

“If I did it, I'd spend whatever it took,” Trump told ABC’s “This Week.”

Claiming a fortune of more than $10 billion, the magnate said voters would see a candidate who has “built a great company with a tremendous net worth.”

Many voters, however, still see Trump as the loudest backer of the “birther” movement, which questions President Barack Obama’s birthplace and thus his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.

Trump’s unfulfilled run for the 2012 Republican nomination included his demand that Obama make public his full birth certificate from Hawaii.

The president previously had provided a shorter version that serves as the public record in Hawaii, but amid the media glare on the issue raised in part by Trump's repeated questioning, the president released it in April 2011.

Noting he’s still not convinced the long form certificate is legitimate, Trump said in the interview Sunday that the “birther” issue wouldn’t disqualify him as a candidate, despite widespread condemnation of the issue from most Republicans.

“How does that make me not serious? I mean, I think that resonated with a lot of people,” he said.

During his address at the Family Leader event Saturday, Trump predicted a tough presidential contest in 2016, no matter the GOP candidate.

“Somebody is going to have to emerge who is really smart and really tough,” he said. “Because Obama should have been beaten. Hillary is going to be tougher to beat. And the Republicans have to do what's right. If they don't pick the right person, and I mean, it has to be the perfect person, they are going to get dropped in the 2016 election.”

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soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. polydeuce

    Doesn't Mr. Trump get it? Nobody wants him to be President. We didn't want him in 2012 and that isn't going to change in 2016. You can spend all you want, it doesn't change the fact that the majority of the American people think your an arrogant, self serving, IDIOT. Your not the savvy business man that you think you are. Anybody can be a millionaire when you start off with a million dollars. Grow up! It is a shame that you can't use some of that dirty money to buy yourself a clue. Or a decent toupee for that matter.

    August 12, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. anime1

    trump is willing to throw money at a presidential run? fine. Now if only he could show that he isn't a blowhard that is only interested in lowering taxes for the rich and can show that he has experience in government. being a business person doesn't mean a thing when it comes to political crisis in other countries.

    August 12, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Zimmerman

    Who is going to give his vote to this bloviating ignoramus? Donald Trump's net worth might be high but his IQ is very low.

    August 12, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. YUCK

    Nah,not my cup of tea....

    August 12, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Chump Trump

    Donald....Donald...go sit down. Your megalomania is acting up again, keeping you from hearing the truth. We don't want you anywhere around our government. It is filled with money-hungry power mongers as it is. We don't need you...we don't want will never win. Shhhhh...that's a good boy...go back to paying monopoly...good boy.

    August 12, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Bob

    Whenever the Donald opens his mouth he makes a contribution to global warming. Fortunately, he doesn't have near enough money to buys the number of votes he'd need to sit in the White House.

    August 12, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. the Dude

    the Donald? for president? Please! and what does 'he should have been beaten' even mean when it didn't actually happen? that he could have, but didn't? i'm no politcal strategist, but i went to bed election night pretty damn sure Romney was not getting elected. i'm still surprised by republican strategists' surprise.

    August 12, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. dmf

    Donald Trump made himself a clown , a laughing stock and huge spoiler in 2012 Republicans presidential elections ! He is preparing to bring his show to a TV anchor , ready to give him a phone call . The GOP elders should negotiate his price and derive Trump out of conservatives political space , before he damages their chances beyond control .

    August 12, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. Jackie Rawlings

    Donald Trump has Bankruptcy down to an art form. As one Journalist researched The Donald comes out to say he will run for President each time he has a book to sell and has done this since 1984. The Donald is no businessman but is smart as he sold his name by the image he presents. Now he almost had Russia hold until they saw his actual net worth. Donald will play the birther card for attention and will do some fundraising.

    August 12, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Frederick C. Lee

    I heard that there's still room for a one-way ticket to Mars.
    Think of all that Real Estate, with the solar-system's largest Volcano, etc.
    Donald Trump, leader of the first Mars Colony...with assorted spas, etc.
    Why waste his money on a no-go, when there's....Mars?

    August 12, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Tina

    Why is he back in the news. The clown should have had a mask of Trump . He is th biggest clown I know.

    August 13, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  12. adam4x4

    If he were elected president he would probably make frequent public appearances. Seeing him would cause a serious nationwide depression that would in turn affect the rest of the world. Not a good idea.

    August 13, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  13. SixDegrees

    Wearing a pair of gigantic, bright red clown shoes would add some much-needed gravitas to a Trump campaign.

    August 13, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  14. Dano

    That's the problem with people like Trump & Romney. They think that everything is for sale and can be bought with enough money. While that may be true of Congressmen's votes, becoming President would require him to convince over 50% of American voters that he isn't a nut job, and I don't think he can raise enough money to do that.

    August 13, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  15. mike

    Is it just me that wishes this Birther would just go away and stay away !!!

    August 13, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
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