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

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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  1. USAPeasant

    Donald Trump gearing up for another faux-run at the White House. Lol, if he'd spend whatever it took why does he run every election cycle and pull out before the primary elections? I guess we'll watch as Trump swaggers around on stage for a year leading up to the elections only to watch him pull out inevitably before the official deadlines to get on the ballot.

    Not that I am complaining, a Trump presidency would pretty much spell the doom for America. Trump has all ready shown too many times before a great disdain for the American people, democracy, the Constitution, peace, and just about anything American. Let's not kid ourselves, this guy doesn't want to be President, he wants to be King. I suppose it also doesn't help that Trump is a friend of dictators like Gaddafhii. Nor should we forget that Trump has advocated to other businessmen to invest in western europe as opposed to America. Let's also not forget that Trump called Snowden a traitor which is deeply ironic because traitor Trump made a publicized call for armed revolution to overthrow the Republic after Obama's re-election.

    Trump is like an episode of Jerry Springer; too absurd to think he's real, but at the same time so very entertaining to watch.

    August 11, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. norma jean



    August 11, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah sure, Donald... You'd spend whatever it took of other peoples' money...

    August 11, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. nintex

    And Trump somehow thinks HE'S the right person? Once again Trump proves that money has no relationship to common sense. Just try it, Trump. The whole country is lined up to watch you make a bigger fool of yourself than you did in the last election cycle. Just try it, Trump, just try it!

    August 11, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. L.Sanfod

    The republican and tea party circus with it's sideshow of malcontents is off to the races too many years early. It's will be amazing to watch how much damage this bunch can do to the republican image over the next few years.... And the millions of dollars that could be used to help create jobs and help people and children they will throw down the drain. Let the freak show begin

    August 11, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. basedonfact

    Sorry Donald there is no amount of money that can buy you the presidency

    August 11, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Ron L

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, CNN realize Donald Trump is only interested in being in the news. HE HAS NO INTENTION of running. He could spend ALL OF HIS MONEY and he would LOSE!! CNN, every time you write about Donald Trump and politics you are being suckered, and gives many of us proof CNN can not distinguish politics from entertainment.

    August 11, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. jboh

    Put your $ back into your business. That's how jobs get created. Stop buying elitist legislation for yourself and your ilk.

    August 11, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Mark

    He actually isn't that rich... His fortune has been estimated at a hundred million dollars or so, not billions.

    Regardless, he would simply be a distraction and would struggle to get 35% of the vote in the general.

    August 11, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    I can not stop laughing–poor fellow.

    August 11, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Gary

    "Family Leader Conference". Now thats funny.
    Donald, you want the White House, you better build your own. You'll never sleep in ours.

    August 11, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. onlyfacts

    Isn't that what Romney and the Koch idiots said. Anyway America is too racist to have an orange president AND an orange speaker of the house.

    August 11, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Rebecca

    "Family Leader Conference" hahahahaha Donald Trump? Sleazeball.
    Funny how the Repubs say family values and crucify Hillary for staying with Bill... and ignore Obama's solid marriage. Family? Republicans? Not so much.

    August 11, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Steveo

    Hey, plenty of other politicians thought/think the white House was for sale, too. Why not Trump? I believe it will be a massive waste of his money, but hey, its his money!

    August 11, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Donald Trump: I would spend ‘whatever it took’..

    Isn't that just like a woman .

    August 11, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. NameScott

    Donald I think you are the perfict person to run I mean perfict. So it will make it that more simple for Hillary to win

    August 11, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. ST

    Donald and Sarah are fond of teasing people all the time. We all have different hobbies, it looks like that is theirs.

    August 11, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Peter

    Glad to see Trump is thinking of running and announcing early, he doesn't want to get left out of the CLOWN car

    August 11, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. MrManhattan

    Please run, please, please, please! America needs the laughs!

    August 11, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    He had better try to win Revelation 21: 7 riches "above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3: 20) and is FREE(smile)

    August 11, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep dreaming Nutjob!

    August 11, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    Americas favorite pimple wants scratched again. Or is the Donald more like a festering boil?

    August 11, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. DJ Reality

    Trump is all show and no go. Filler and no substance. But he is fun to watch and hard to believe.

    August 11, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. BlackThought

    Does anyone seriously care about what he has to say?

    August 11, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Trump is correct. His "birther" position does resonate with a lot of people – the right-wing nuts who have captured what is left of the Republican Party. Trump understands marketing and he knows that bunch can never get a person elected to the office of President of the United States. He's just doing what everybody else does with the radical lunies – he's playing them like a violin. I can't imagine he's trying to get noticed so he can make more money. At some point even Mr. Comb-over has enough money. It must simply be an ego that needs regular feeding – and he knows the moderates of the Republican Party, if any still exist, will ignore his nonsense.

    August 11, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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