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. Tampa Tim

    $10 billion, and he will get 38%of the votes. After all, his base is made up of Birthers, bigots and big oil. He will also capture the brain dead base who thinks Mittens killed bin Laden.

    August 11, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. labman57

    Dude, there's not enough wealth available in the world to get you elected.

    Trump has a fundamental character flaw shared by both Palin and Bachmann — an arrogant unwillingness to do his homework before making public proclamations concerning matters about which he is ignorant. All three alleged POTUS-wannabes appear to believe that if they say it is so, then it must be true, even when their inflammatory "insights" have been repeatedly refuted (refudiated?) by numerous independent sources. Their mantra: when in doubt, make crap up.

    Trump has spent most of his adult life surrounded by brown-nosing "yes men" (and women) who would never tell him that he's full of crap for fear of being fired. And so he doesn't see the necessity to engage in some basic fact-checking before making public comments on matters of which he is completely ignorant.

    Sorry, Donald. "I'm the boss, and therefore everything I say is indisputable" doesn't work outside of the board room.

    In addition, both Trump and Palin exhibit an exuberance - in frequent acts of petty vindictiveness - to dish it out, yet a total inability to take it, demonstrating a naive cluelessness about that old axiom: What goes around, eventually comes around.

    August 11, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. simplefaith

    Madam President Hillary Clinton, best choice for President of the US for 2016.

    August 11, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. joe

    this loser says the USA is a laughingstock around the world. perhaps he needs to look in the mirror.

    August 11, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Family leader event? Is it because he has been married three times and has cheated on all?
    The twit and his master puppets wasted over $400M. Go ahead bad hair man. I would love to see you go bankrupt again?
    Just a reminder to McCarthy cross. You were born in Canada moron!!

    August 11, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. king

    trump trump trump, you dont even take yourself serious how you expect the American people to. do you really think the American people have time for you to play with their intelligence with this birth-er crap you have been spewing. i dont understand how so many people took you seriously, you are running around with ted Cruz for crying out loud. i know your not helping this Canadian run for president, as much as you keep slamming Obama for not being burned in America but Africa. when will the repubs hypocrisy ends.

    August 11, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. sadiw

    Just what the GOP needs...go for it!!!

    August 11, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. gpaul50

    Not a snowballs chance in a warm place.

    August 11, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. stars

    We know that you are best friends of the Clinton. So skunk top dont worry Hillary will be our ndxt potus I bet you that ten billons dollars.

    August 11, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. artichokes

    Mr. Trump must have a TV show coming up. That's probably why he is reappearing again and blowin' hot air. He cannot buy everything he wants, especially the office of the Presidency.

    August 11, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan

    Say Mr. Trump, what's your opinion of Sen. Ted Cruz, born in Canada?

    August 11, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. woodie

    Trump is not very popular. I think that should be the least qualification. He is living in a hollywood illusion where he thinks more of himself than others do.

    August 11, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Carla

    Not everyone is impressed with your "sweep" hair and all of your money, Donnie. You can't buy our votes. Really. Stay in TV where people are easily influenced by wealth.

    August 11, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. bluemountain

    Whose worse? Don or CNN?

    August 11, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. darth's daughter

    Any and all political back door bankers are going to he_l because I am going to put you there! Back door banking is ruining this country!
    Call the FBI on all of the free political presents being given to your neighbors until the FBI gets fed up and does something about it! That new car or truck your neighbor just received could have come from your pension money!

    August 11, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Lindsay

    Ted Cruz was born in Calgary Canada so why is he even thinking he might run? He can't-

    August 11, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Dan5404

    Mr. Trump, there isn't enough money in the world for you to be elected president. Even the crazy right wingers of the Tea Party are meek little middle-roaders compared to you.

    August 11, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. dave

    LOL... He will never be the prez

    August 11, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. ge

    some things money can,t buy . but trump will never under stand -but someday he will find out

    August 11, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. T

    .............Apparently, trumpers cannot buy a ............BRAIN...............

    August 11, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. John

    Do you really want to be broke?

    August 11, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Matthew Gaines

    The guy is oblivious. Trump, Bachmann and Palin need to stop tainting the Republican party with fringe right-wing extremism.

    August 11, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. don

    trump does not have a chance.

    August 11, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. miller

    we don't care what he spends ,the man is a pig ,who wants him in the white house .the white house is not for SALE

    August 11, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Mike

    OMG – Comedy Central will have a field day with this bogus candidate! I think all those folks he screwed when declaring bankruptcies will just be the tip of the iceberg on how his candidacy will sink forever into obscurity!

    August 11, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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