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. Michael

    This fool rightly claims he has never filed for Bankruptcy, but the companies he controlled filed for Bankruptcy 4 times. So I guess one has to ask if he runs these companies so well what would he do to the country. Unlike the business he drove into the ground there is no Bankruptcy for the Federal Government

    August 12, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Peter

    "...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.”

    Two elections in a row, the GOP has not been able to pick the right person, and that is why they lost. If this is what they have to work with this time around, they are going to loose again.

    August 12, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Arthur in the Garden!

    god help us!

    August 12, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. observer99

    Dubya was first president with a MBA – we know how that worked out. Dubya had 11 businesses fail, people should of known better. Supreme Court didn't either!!

    Anyone stupid enough to think Trump would be better?

    August 12, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Don

    Trump is an outrages loud mouthed fool. Any money he has is ill-gotten. 4 bankrupt companies! We need a financial person who can add and subtract in all portions of the Federal Government! Our spending is way out of line! Trump would spend even more money that we don't have!!! He is an egomaniac! Trump never lets facts get in the way of his opinions!

    August 12, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. billmosby

    He has more than enough "cash" to buy his way into the office. However, he would lose interest in being President within about 30 days and would outsource it to some young slavic woman. lol.

    August 12, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Don T. Hall

    Hey, Don!!! You must like exclamation marks! Serious! Learn how to spell! And, unfortunately, Obama knows how to add and subtract just fine, thank you! He adds to the deficit and subtracts from the middle class! Or what's left of it!

    August 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Leigh

    He'll spend whatever it takes? Excellent. Then I predict that after the 2016 election, he'll then be one of the 99%. And he'll still be shut out of the WH. Blowhard pig that he is.

    August 12, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Leroy

    Save your $$$ Mr. Trump...you have zero chance to "win" the White House.

    August 12, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    More Trump'ed up garbage? How'd the birther rant work out.. much like 9-9-9 and the 47% eh? LOL

    August 12, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. RINO Bil

    My vote is NOT for sale Mr. Trump ... and if it were, YOU could not afford to buy it.

    August 12, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Royboy361

    I agree with several posts that if this is the best the GOP can trot out they are in bigger trouble than they thought.
    The GOP can't stand the fact they don't have the Presidency and the House would rather bring this country to rack and ruin than pass anything. They are basically holding the country hostage until they get their way. Sounds quite selfish and immature to me.

    August 12, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Jim

    Trump seems to be out of touch. He thinks throwing money at the situation will get him the presidency. That brains and intuition play no part. He is also very racist, but chooses his words carefully. Don't fall for a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    August 12, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Torgo

    Our politics are a joke anyway. We may as well get a couple good laughs out of it. I really hope he runs!

    August 12, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. John

    Gee, I wonder if he would be for the rich or the middle class.

    August 12, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Andrew

    I think Romney proved that it doesn't take only a huge amount of cash to win the white house, you have to not be a total idiot. Trump has more than proved he can't be trusted with much of anything.

    August 12, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Patrick R. Tull

    Dude, it is not your money that will win you the white house, it is the votes of the people. Didn't you get the memo?

    August 12, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. ellid

    Sorry, Donald, but the White House is not for sale.

    Shame on you.

    August 12, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. cmesser210

    He went on to say, " I'm gonna paint it gold. Put some slots in the lobby, a big sign outside TRUMP'S GOLD HOUSE. Yeah. Classy."

    August 12, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Sean T

    Trump Glenfiddich 2016

    please let trump run.

    please, please, please.

    August 12, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. lsterne

    Why on earth does the media continue to give ink or airtime to this egomaniacal idiot? Is there anyone in this (or any other nation on earth) who cares what "the Donald" has to say. And, while I'm on the subject, why would any network want to air his absurd TV series? What kind of moron would watch it?

    August 12, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. lew todd

    Trump is an idiot and no amount of money can buy him the nomination...Although, I would love to see that...

    August 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. thedoctor

    He doesn't have THAT much money!

    August 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Paladin Knight

    I hope he uses all of his money and assets to run for the presidency just so he could go totally bankrupt, and lose everything he has with nothing to show for it. It would serve him and his ilk right to think they could just win the presidency by just using their monetary influence over the people of this nation, only to find they have lost their underwear to those better qualified and those more wanted to lead the USA. There is no way this dope will ever win the presidency!!!

    August 12, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Country Girl

    So Donald is the first Republican to openly admit they believe the White House is for Sale...How sad that so many are willing to sell their vote to the person with the slickest campaign (and on Trump's part) the least genuine appeal!

    August 12, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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