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. Joe Voter

    Please Please Please run for office. The repugs are near the bottom of the barrel right now and you can take them the rest of the way. I cannot image anyone, I say anyone, with even half a brain voting for the comb-over dud.

    August 11, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Nick Carter

    And so it begins. The Republicans sent in a clown car full of candidates, including this one, in the last election. If Trump is the best they can do, then the best they can do is continue to obstruct without making any significant contribution to governing. Birth certificate indeed! Send in the clowns

    August 11, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. WhistleBerries

    Hmmm... I think that Mr. Trump's chances of getting elected POTUS and moving into the White House are about the same as him becoming the next Pope, or maybe the Grand Poobah of Boogaboogistan.

    August 11, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Dave Bannerton

    White House isn't for sale last time I checked, and you can't buy votes

    August 11, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. mary

    The question is what is it worth to the American people to make sure he doesn't get in.. He is scary.. A man who loves power.. And control. With the will and the money and the contacts to totally turn American into a plutocracy..
    Making virtual slaves out of the mass's..

    August 11, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Tony Montana

    Republicans need leaders like Trump, Santorum and Rubio. Traditional marriage, social conservatives and fiscal moderates that are for the labor, the poor, middle class and success. Robots will increasingly replace many manufacturing jobs. In the interim decent paying manufacturing should be brought back to the USA. Nations like China will advance and their going to be less interested in making stuff for us and be more focused on their domestic market.

    August 11, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. MrsFizzy

    Well, that should be entertaining if nothing else!

    August 11, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. js

    The Republicans running in the 2012 primaries were most likely the biggest group of idiots vying for the Presidency in history. I guess they are trying to outdo themselves in 2016.

    August 11, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. js

    The Republicans running in the 2012 primaries were most likely the biggest group of idi0ts vying for the Presidency in history. I guess they are trying to outdo themselves in 2016.

    August 11, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Subin

    Trump please run for the office also make sure someone is equally or more stupid like Sarah Palin to be your running mate that will Make Hillary's job easy.

    August 11, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Lz

    The irony, Trump is accompnaied by other presidential candidates as Cruz (born in Canada).

    August 11, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. richard

    why could this story possibly matter? trump doesnt have a snow balls chance in hell;

    August 11, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Scott

    How is this sleaze worth 10Bn after having filed bankruptcy numerous times?

    August 11, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. judewalker0220

    All he's got to do is get Opray's backing and he will have it made.

    August 11, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. tony

    A bankrupt gambling palace owner for President. How soooo Tea Party.

    August 11, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    So, does this mean that he is planning on bribing people? This seems to me the blunt meaning for me.

    August 11, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. Johnny DC

    I'd put Trump somewhere in the middle of a very, very long list of people more qualified and better fit to run this country than our previous two presidents.

    August 11, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. FrankinSD

    I wish that the media would stop feeding this clown's ego. He will never run because he will be unwilling to do the required financial disclosure. This entire act is merely self-promotion.

    August 11, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. marilyn

    I hope he spends every penny he has stolen from people, if he did" t learn from the last election that it takes more than money to win the White House he is dummer than a door nail. Stick to your TV show that we can all turn off.

    August 11, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Andy H

    What a joke this guy is

    August 11, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. Adlani

    Trump is a Joke. He's never going to win the white house 'cos American people are too smart to elect an Idiot who would not be able to debate.

    August 11, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. arodz4410

    This joker thinks he can be a politician, People who have casinos and manage properties. Have no business in the White House. To begin with he has a tarnished back ground. He scammed a women in New York, who purchased (2) Penthouse for $1 million plus each. They told her that if she purchased at that moment. She would earn a return of maximum 10% from the other sales of the units. Well, he is being sued by the client. He denies that they did not make her that offer. Then him and his son's the other Trump crook. Went to Rosarito Baja California Mexico, and place their name all of Baja California during the Real Estate Boom 6 years ago. They lied to buyers, they charged fees to use the Trump name. And all of the investors were ripped off. We all know Donald Trump, has no knowledge to run the office. He says that he will tell OPEC, how much they need to sell us their oil. He said months ago, that the USA, has to run issues like they did 25-40 years ago. Which means he wants to cause Coup d' tat's on a global scale. Then he said he would go to China and tell the Chinese what they have to do, to satisfy our needs. REMEMBER PUNK TRUMP SET UP A FACTORY IN CHINA TO MAKE HIS DRESS SUITS. Forgetting about the american workers. He could of had the factory in the USA. But no, he decided to pay workers $3.63 per hour. Then to top it off, he said he would put Russia in their place. Because Russia is a push-over. This C**ck S**cking imbecil just wants the Post of President, like Mitt & Ann Romney wanted. So he can try to obtain influence. The american people will never vote this Pr**ck into office, Let him waste $500 million. This is how stupid the PARIAH is. Always shooting off his mouth. Any ways there will be no Republican on office in 2016. Because Hillary Clinton will be the first women President of the USA. BOZO TRUMP CAN JUST CONTINUE TO DREAM OF BEING PRESIDENT OF THE USA. ** BY THE WAY. BE READY TO PRESENT YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE. PUNK!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Richard Bachman

    “How does that make me not serious? I mean, I think that resonated with a lot of people,” he said.

    Does it make you serious? Yes. Does it make you a nutter as well? Yes.

    August 11, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. harry

    Dump Trump is trash talker ,publicity stunt,sloppy guy and will do everything without MONEY to get daily highlights ,,,is a proved media JOKER.

    August 11, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  25. Richard Bachman

    Do you trust him with the launch-codes? LOL

    August 11, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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