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. jg167

    There is perhaps no bigger fallacy in politics than the idea that success in the private sector as a CEO well prepares one to be President of the United States. Of course with Trump you have to multiple that fallacy by the buffoon factor which makes the notion of a Trump Presidency all the more ridiculous.

    August 11, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. keven

    Just what we need, a president whose an egomaniac with illusions of grandeur.
    And with a bad hair piece.....

    August 11, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Johnjon

    TRUMP, go away.

    August 11, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. dennis

    Trump is unelectable. He's demonstrated too many times what a WHACKJOB he is.
    In addition, he's too narcissistic to be in charge of a country where he has to think about the welfare of other people, instead of what's best for himself.

    August 11, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Tanker

    Uncle Wilbert is off his medication again...

    August 11, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Eric B

    You are never going to win the white house so just dont bother you have wasted americas time twice.

    August 11, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. billleesbrain

    It's not about the money, hairboy. Go away.

    August 11, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    First, Trump the clown (sorry, clowns), thinks he can buy the White House. Second, and more importantly, Trump couldn't give any clear answers to ANY of the softball questions that his right-wing peers asked him. He is a male Sarah Palin, just with more money.

    August 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Is that thing on trumps head alive, Most importantly, does it have a birth certificate.
    Spend all your millions Trumpie , You will never be POTUS.

    August 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Belseth

    Oh please oh please run! You'll rule the lunatic fringe and Hillary will win by a landslide!

    August 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Allan

    Donald Trump is just one of many I would not want to see running the country.

    August 11, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. Mac buying the presidency is a "good" idea...sigh

    August 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Sam

    Spare us from this publicity hound.

    August 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. DaviCA

    There's not enough $$$ and not enough booze in the world to get sane, intelligent people to vote for this buffoon.

    August 11, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. jerry walters

    He's a joke. A carnival barker. Just too funny.

    August 11, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Faux Scandals

    There is not enough money in the World for Trump to win the White House.

    August 11, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Fon

    He's a total joke, regardless on ANY net worth...and that dead squirrel on his head absolutely has to go...

    August 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    Donald Trump would make a great stand-up comedian,it is his natural calling.

    August 11, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Jessica McGwin

    OK I need a backer.

    August 11, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Jeb

    By pretending to run for President, Trump gets the publicity that he craves. It's like a months-long commercial for his boring TV show. By pandering to the birthers and other crazies, he gets a loyal following.

    If he actually ran, he would be exposed for the fraud he is. That's why he will never actually run.

    August 11, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. john

    Please don't start this.

    August 11, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. LW

    He is right! I love this guy, he along with the girl from Alaska has done more for the Democratic party than all the
    Clintons & Kennedys.

    August 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. The Burned Out One

    Could someone please shut this gas bag up? This so called business man has filed for bankruptcy more times than I've had good days. Then again, he is riding on the coat tails of what his father built in the real estate business just like USA is riding on its past accomplishments so maybe he would be the perfect person to be president.

    August 11, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Jessica McGwin

    And you would never loose against me.

    August 11, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    President Hair Club for Chumps? HA! This guy is the poster child for self-deception.

    August 11, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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