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. HenryMiller

    Will this clown please just go away!

    August 11, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Patines

    "... they are going to get dropped in the 2016 election.” He knows it and then he's going to come back saying: "I told you so".

    August 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Bill Nitz

    I would spend whatever it took so that trump would never be president.

    August 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Taylor

    Oh lord, here we go again. "Somebody is going to have to emerge who is really smart and really tough." Yeah, not from your party, hairpiece. Hope this guy spends all his money and loses, and then we never have to hear of him again.

    August 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. samir

    you will have 1% and loose may be 10% of your dirty money!

    August 11, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. RE McCray

    It would not matter how much money Trump spent, he would never get elected. Even the nutso-side of the Republican party and ultra conservatives distance themselves from the Trump insanity.

    August 11, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Danmark

    I do not think he has a chance in politics

    August 11, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. jamessavik

    He'll never get there. The problem is his style. A President has to create consensus and juggle competing interests. Trump can't just give orders and fire people. It wouldn't work and I think most people know he is poorly suited for the office.

    He might make a good cabinet member- like commerce or treasury. I doubt his ego would allow him to be a part of the team rather than the top of the ticket.

    August 11, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Chad

    Don, we all get it. You have failed so many times in business your only remaining avenue is to say and make outrageous claims. Take what’s left of your fortune and go spend time with you trophy daughter and grandkid. Just go.

    August 11, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Casual Observer

    Give it a rest. Please!

    August 11, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Rajan Upriti

    Knucklehead Trump is everyone's waste of time. He will again run as a JOKE.

    August 11, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. Lone

    Silly Trump. A shame you didn't transfer your supposed business acumen over to politics. How seriously are we supposed to take you when your most notable asset right now is the leftover remains of a burnt out dog and pony show, a party primarily composed of baby boomer dregs, and two or three decades of "I could do it, I could run for office with my money".

    August 11, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. Doctorstrangeluv

    Donald .... please for the love of God & Country, crawl back into whatever Troll Hole you sprang from. We've had enough of you.

    August 11, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. mfarena

    The only thing I can think of that about this guy is that he is one BORED dude. He should take lessons from Sir Richard Branson.

    August 11, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. couyon

    Many people would love to see the GOP pick Trump as their candidate as it will shut him up once and for all when he loses big to Hilary.

    August 11, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. lgbarn

    Only a true idjut would vote for him. He just proves that having a lot of money does not make you smart.

    August 11, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. DocHollywood

    I don't care what Mr. Trump spends, I wouldn't vote for him to become president of the Outhouse Organization, much less President of the United States. So before you even start, Mr. Trump, in your own words.....YOU'RE FIRED.

    August 11, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. R.S.Sonwalkar.

    What Donald said is partialy correct,but who says Obama is not fit, his present role is
    suitable for international politics in view to economics & uncertainty in ruling party roles worldwide politics.One should be slow in action this time to balance economy &
    comments are easy to critisied but
    one should be matured enough to
    run a big country.

    August 11, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Dave

    Mr. Trump doesn't have enough money, and the RNC doesn't either, to buy him the White House.

    August 11, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Winston Smith

    This statement says it all. Democracy, goes to the highest bidder. What a country.

    August 11, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. buffalo

    This moron should be kept as far away from the White House as possible.

    August 11, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. DH

    The Repubs do not have "a right" person.

    August 11, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. us_1776

    Trump has been bankrupt 4 times.

    He's the last guy we need anywhere near the Whitehouse.


    August 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. joe

    you know the scene in forrest gump when luitenant dan is yeling at god during the thunderstorm, saying "is that all you got, you bastard?" if this man gets elected that is essnetially what America is doing. god help us.

    August 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. jeff carnell

    So it has to be a Republican.....I am way beyond tired of the 2 Party monopoly, the last election debate with no 3 rd party candidate.... was all the Proof you need to know that the so called Voters choice is not Freedom at all , and to think both candidates spent over a Billion dollars plus is a injustice to the Democratic process of fair elections.

    August 11, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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