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. Brian

    Why do you guys keep giving this guy air time. He always says he will run and he never does. He makes up stupid things to say so you put him on air, and you guys keep falling for it. Embarrassing, this is really what you consider news. Oh yeah, you think news is running murder trials non-stop instead of covering uprisings in Egypt. What a joke.

    August 12, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. curious

    It will be fun to watch Trump making a clown act. We need more fun during the next election. Anyway voters need some entertainment. It will be even better if he makes Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    August 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. calamity jane

    I just can't understand his willingness to put millions into a campaign but he can't buy a hairpiece that looks like it's growing out of his head rather than being wrapped around it. In the realm of his riches, it can't cost that much. Really. Break down Donald. People are going to laugh at you anyway. Why not try to have a sensible hair style at the same time? This wraparound thing is just weird.

    August 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. roger

    I think Trump has way more positives and negatives. i would like to hear what he has to offer and then see if I still would vote for him.

    August 12, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Senior

    Oh, God – no!

    August 12, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. ATLEng

    I think if we had a businessman like Trump in the White House, you guys would really be in for a rude awakening. Remember America before wage and labor laws? You don't win in a cutthroat business by playing nice. Any of those who think they'll be fine will find out they're just as expendable. You think de-regulation is a good idea? You have no idea.

    August 12, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. w l jones

    Running a business is one thing but running a country is anothing is a different ball game,

    August 12, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Dave Harris

    Trump may or may not be worth $10 billion today, but he's been broke several times too and has left behind a string of business failures. Of course, that's the norm for a guy like him. But don't think he's your great white savior or something. The country could be his next big foul-up.

    August 12, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. John

    There you have folks, the trumpster has announced his next hostile takeover. The USA.

    August 12, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Thom

    Donald...your fired!

    And Ted, you were not born in the USA and can't be President...go back to Canada, assuming that they would take you!

    August 12, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. maximusvad

    Well he doesn't have enough money nor would he be able to get enough money to "spend what it takes" to get elected.

    August 12, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Mark of Tennessee

    Even the GOP and dumbbagger arent dumb enough to elect this fool

    August 12, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Rosslaw

    Wait a second! This is not going to leave him with enough time to show that the moon landing was faked, that Hawaii was a foreign country when Pres. Obama was born there or pretend that he knows how to run a casino. I guess he could make himself useful and drive the clown car during the republican primaries.

    August 12, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Eli Cabelly

    I would love to see the Donald run for president. The fodder for the Comedy Channel would be priceless!

    August 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Why does this blowhard get so much airtime?? It's not like he's doing anything positive. Why not show the viewers exactly what the Tea party stands for. Show them the real story and the real pictures and video of the traitorous Tea Party in Arizona. Now that's a real story. Sad but real.

    August 12, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. cp1205

    I hope he goes for it. Let him go bankrupt, again. He's a total failure as a human being. Does this man's ego every end?

    August 12, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. JoeyTx

    Someone once said "he will never run" "The only thing he will run is his mouth" enough said.

    August 12, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Clarke

    Mitt has more money than Donald and it didn't help him. Donald is not a person that belongs in the Oval Office

    August 12, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. JoeyTx

    People who talk about their worth aren't worth what they said. At the very most DT is work a few million dollars. Never a billion.

    August 12, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. tribecagal

    Please, please, please Donald run. For sure we'll have Hillary as our next prez.

    August 12, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Dan

    If people still believe that the FBI, NSA, CIA, GAO, and all other relevant federal agencies wouldn't check into the nationality of a Presidential candidate, they have illusions that will be hard to break. The vet those people, you know?

    August 12, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Revolution

    Trump would be a HUGE improvement!

    August 12, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. jimbo

    Trump as president? Gimmie a break – Obama's dog would be better than him!

    August 12, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |

    This creep pulled the Guns Over People Shutdown Government tea potty into the silly season with his birther lies during the last primary. President Obama left him looking like the clown that he is at the news correspondents dinner. It was beautiful to watch.

    August 12, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Flash

    Trump is all about Trump. Lots of noise no substance. He sucked in the right in the last election only to get his TV show higher ratings. Why would anyone fall for this clowns antics again.

    August 12, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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