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. keith greystoke

    donald trump would never really run since he would never dare to show his financials or tax returns

    August 11, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. badgirl2

    OH PLEEEEEEASE Run for President! I really enjoyed the clown car of candidates the GOP paraded before us last year! I hope they all run again in 2016 (and yes that includes the Mittster!) Not only will it be entertaining but it will virtually guarantee the White House will stay Democratic!

    August 11, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. bill.x

    If the Republican were a real person Trump would be it's butthole – he stinks

    August 11, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. bana

    To be a president, it takes a lot of common sense. I wouldn't advice you to go presidency, otherwise it would be waste of your money and time.

    August 11, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. JoAnn

    Isn't this the same guy that was bankrupt when he was in a divorce? Now he has enough money to buy the White House???

    August 11, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. eddhur

    like him or hate him he knows and a lot of other people know you can't go on like we are doing

    August 11, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Bob

    You don't have enough money, joker.

    August 11, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Eddie Vanmeer

    Great another republican clown show, hopefully Sara Palin will participate too.

    August 11, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. PJ

    Oh brother. Here we go again. The clown car is getting full, they need a bus and this guy can drive it....................
    right over the cliff.

    August 11, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. rickapolis

    Another American embarrassment. A grown-up Honey Boo Boo.

    August 11, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Smarter than ewe

    That hair, or lack thereof, will never make it to the White House.

    August 11, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. dean morse

    Spend whatever it took to "buy" the Whitehouse? You have to love this guy, a perfect example of the GOP mantra! It all about the cash.

    August 11, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. hreidRacistMormonWimp

    Though the presidency is largely for sell after citizens united birthers need not apply.

    August 11, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Bill Davis

    Yet, he won't question Ted Cruz run for the White House even though Cruz was not born in America. Trump and the birthers opposition to President Obama's legitimacy has everything to do with racism. They believe a black man duly elected twice isn't entitled to occupy the White House.

    August 11, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Poodlepuff

    Frankly the Donald as a president is like an alcoholic running a tavern.

    August 11, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. DE

    Basically, he wants to buy the White House. This man has absolutely no respect for the democratic process. It would also be nice if conservatives kept their religious beliefs out of politics. This is supposed to be a secular government,

    August 11, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. scooterdie

    go for it Mr. Trump (it will ensure Hillary's election).

    August 11, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Bill Davis

    Trump is a lying clown.

    August 11, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Joseph

    Lack of comments, thumbs up, likes, and reposts of this article should be a 10 Billion dollar sign for Donald NOT to waste his money on a failed presidential run. I mean. This story has been out for 5 hours, and no one [except idiots like me] is even clicking on this article to see what he has to say.

    August 11, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. Kenny

    Okay, I like Trump and respect the man very much, but Mr. Trump please leave politics alone.

    August 11, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Blinded by the republican lie

    Trump...If you didn't know it...You folks will continuously get beaten in every election if you don't change your bigoted backwards ways...

    August 11, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Jerry

    He would be better for this Country than what we have or have had for along time. If he runs I will vote for him.

    August 11, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Joe

    Trump is the only person who has a presidential campaign without actually running for president.

    August 11, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. scooterdie

    I do think he can improve the American economy. I just think that America will not like the country after he gets started slashing and burning. Republicans love smaller government until it negatively affects them, then they want the welfare system, Medicare, food stamps, etc. He would not be a good negotiator however on the world stage. He'd have to be careful, you can only go so far in insulting your enemies before they issue a fatwa on you. That is not to say Islam equals violence, but he does seem to upset people very easily and thoroughly. I certainly wouldn't want to misquote him, because I'd end up being sued I fear.

    August 11, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. If I had a hammer... I'd whack you in the morning

    He'll get no votes from this house or anyone's home I know. For that matter you maybe the one person that both liberal and conservative agree on to be "Chock Full O Nuts." Do fool yourself DonL just because you find yourself in agreement with a section of conservatives and some liberals who are either not for or against Obama doesn't mean you are electable. It was a concerned effort on the part of many liberals and conservative to NOT elect the last Oligarch – "all about me queen" Romney, and you sir have less of a chance to win... but go ahead and spend other peoples money , oh that you are good at.

    August 11, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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