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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soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. observer99

    Trump is one of many conservatives who got their sorry rear ends out of of harms way during Nam. Compare those cowards to JFK who had various ailments but pulled strings to get into the Navy and pulled more strings to get in combat in WWII

    August 12, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Me. Dump has no chance but do spend all your money on t shirts and a new wig to replace your wild animal hair piece!!

    August 12, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. david mann

    "Blowfish" isn't the first to think he could buy the White House (think Romney), and it's way too early for him to be blowing gas about "another run". He's just been out of the spotlight for awhile and needs his fix. It'll come to nothing like it always does.

    August 12, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. El Flaco

    Trump is too dumb to win the nomination, way too dumb to win the election, and would be a completely incompetent President. He might even be worse than George Bush the Lesser.

    August 12, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. molinyc

    In a list of the most disliked people in America...Trump has to be among the top 10

    August 12, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Tony

    Trump would not even run against Romney in the Republican primary. Think about it. Romney lost to McCain in 2008 and lost to Obama in 2012 even though the unemployment rate was around 8%.

    August 12, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Minnie Mouse

    You can't even manage your own finances,. when your wealthy You filed bankruptcy how many times, Mr. Trump?? Regardless of how much money you have in your wallet and bank accounts it doesn't matter, because the country is not voting on money. I vote for the person, and who cares what party you are because that has no relevance either. It's all about what you actions you can bring on to make things physically happen in our country for the better of everyone, and not just in it for own yourself interest.

    August 12, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Data Driven

    "Obama should have been beaten. Hillary is going to be tougher to beat."

    I guess that's why Obama beat her, genius.

    Anyway, Trump is the naturally inevitable candidate for the modern GOP: a media creation, a billionaire out of touch with working people and never really earned his own fortune (having inherited it), appealing to conspiracy theorists and the lowest common demoninator. A reactionary celebrity.

    He's all yours, conservatives.

    August 12, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. pjoe

    Seems the price-tag for Obama was around $2 Billion.

    That's a lot to pay for a job that pays about a half-million per year.

    August 12, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Odo

    Donald Trump: I would spend ‘whatever it took’ to win White House
    Then file bankruptcy yet again to stick it to the taxpayers.....

    August 12, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. dzerres

    He'll never run because he'll have to release some tax records which will show is never was a billionaire.

    August 12, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. wendel

    disgusting display of one inflated ego. Amazing that the republican party even listens to this creep. publicity seems to be his middle name and we keep reporting on him.

    August 12, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. ja

    the White House is not for sale, don't the last election prove that, the Obama was out spent, trump need to keep his head in the sand

    August 12, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Laverne

    So he would like to purchase time in the White House, maybe they can give him the job as "The Butler" now what would be FANTASTIC!!

    August 12, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. ART

    So The Donald is willing to spend big money to make even a bigger fool of himself, wow what a narcissist. I would pay big money myself just to see that.

    August 12, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. History Bear

    Da Donald- what a joke. This man has no understanding of the middle or lower economic class, has no social class and no political savy. Let him run. Just makes it that much more of a circus and everyone loves a circus.

    August 12, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Fred Evil

    Admitting he's willing to buy the office? Interesting public admission, I hope the Secret Service has a long, unpleasant conversation with Trumpstain.

    August 12, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Wake up People!

    I also saw a really good movie yesterday called, Good night and good luck. It was about the CBS News execs that were instrumental in taking down Joe McCarthy. I swear looking at that movie was exactly like reading the comments posted daily on this hate filled site. The same things coming out of their mouths were the exact same things being spouted the Teapublicans today.

    August 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. TomGI

    Trump, Cruz and Santorum. Three Stooges comes to mind.

    August 12, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Virginia

    He should get the nomination and have Roger Ailes as his VP. Ailes spent millions trying to get the nomination for "dough boy' Gingrich. Then he switched to Mitty. How did that turn out?

    August 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Bill, NY

    President Trump would raise corporate welfare to new heights. I can hear them all singing happy days are here again.

    August 12, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Mark

    Last time we heard from this clown, he was telling us he was finding some "very interesting things in Hawaii about Obama's birth certificate". I guess a birth certificate from Hawaii wan't very interesting after all.

    August 12, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Larry Burns

    All the money in the world would NOT get Trump elected. As ignorant as some American voters can be, the majority recognize an opportunist and shallow man when they see him.

    August 12, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. calamity jane

    So in other words, Trump acknowledges that the position of President of the United States is one that can be purchased by someone with alot of money. Keep on showing us those true Republican ethics!

    August 12, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Clete

    Memo to Donald Trump....You do not have enought money to convince me to vote for you.

    August 12, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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