Donald Trump for President? CrossRoads, posted by Cindy Cross, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm Cindy Cross is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Donald Trump for President? By Cindy Cross
Billionaire realtor, reality TV show host and best selling author has been hinting about a possible bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential race.
Recently Trump has been in the news ranting about the possibility that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is demanding to see further proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. Many see this as a moot point since Obama did produce a certificate of live birth to the media back in 2008. Still, Trump claims that the circumstances surrounding Obama’s birth is a…”strange situation.” Trump went further by questioning why no one knows the name of the hospital where Obama was born.
Back in 2000 Trump explored a possible bid as an Independent candidate for the Reform party.
In February Trump was invited to speak at the CPAC convention in Washington DC. In his typical style, Trump told the crowd of conservatives that Ron Paul (Rep.-Texas) had no chance of winning the 2012 election. This garnered many boos from Paul supporters, but the rest of his speech was met with thunderous applause.
Trump is supporting the standard Republican ideals such as pro-life, anti-gun control, anti-gay marriage, promising to not raise taxes, and anti-Obama care.
But will the thrice married Trump appeal to the American people? Sure, everyone knows who he is—he’s practically an American institution, but will he appeal to the Republican base enough to garner a nomination? Trump has no political experience per se.
"There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people," President Obama's chief adviser David Plouffe told ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." Democrats seem to not be taking Trump seriously.
“Obviously, I hit a nerve because they’re fighting me,” Trump said recently. “I don’t hear them talking about Mr. Pawlenty [former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty or anybody else. They are talking only about Trump. I can tell you I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person they want to run against. They know it and I know it. I know it for a fact because I have a lot of people that frankly are contributors to him and they tell me, Donald, you are not the person they want to run against.”
Interestingly, The Public Policy Polling survey, released Tuesday, shows 27% of voters support the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney- but Trump comes within striking distance with 21% in New Hampshire, the state that historically holds the nation's first presidential primary.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Fox News, check out Bill O’Reilly’s full interview (34 minutes) with Donald Trump so you can hear how Trump would handle specific issues.
Trump says he will decide whether or not to run for the Republican ticket by June.
Posted by ??, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm
I guess the GOP wants to ensure an Obama second term. Picking people like Trump, Palin, Bachman, etc will make it easy for Obama to win in 2012. It is scary that the GOP is not trying to put a candidate out there that can actually win and do great things for this country (a fiscally conservative, not extreme, socially moderate type)
Posted by Justin Miller, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm
If I had to guess at this point, I'd say Trump is more flash-in-the-pan than legitimate presidential candidate. He's definitely turning heads, but so did Sara Palin and some would argue that she single-handedly cost McCain the election. One thing can't be denied, Donald Trump is a decision maker, and that is a quality I want to see in anyone who is considering a legitimate run for the most powerful position on the planet. We can only wait and see, but whether he wins, loses, or even earns the party nomination, it will definitely be entertaining. If he truly is serious about making a run, I just hope he runs a classy, fact-based campaign that doesn't make a mockery of our nation's presidential election.
Posted by Justin Miller, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm
...oh, and whoever said "Barack will not even be a candidate in 2 years"...I think you're forgetting something. He's the president! That makes him an automatic candidate and the incumbent to beat..pretty sure he'll be a candidate.
Posted by Juan, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Yes I would vote for Mr. Trump because I think we need someone in there that knows how to run a large organization and effectively. I voted for Mr. Obama but now will admit it was a tremendous mistake, not because he did not come off well but clearly does not have the background and the capability to excell in the job, which I believe Mr. Trump does. obama was just a mistake in history and will go down as a dark time in our history. I had hoped for more but sadly what I got was worst than anything I had seen. I have listened to Mr. Trump and believe him to be substantial and clearly capable of making america great again as Mr. Reagan did in the past.
Posted by John Douglas, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm
First of all, yes, Trump would be a serious republican contender, and secondly, he would get slaughtered in a national election. As well he should, as who really thinks that what America needs is a pompous, self promoting wind bag with bad hair? Besides, Trump has too many skeletons in his closet for the media to feed on, therefore, any momentum he might gain on the campaign trail would be lost each time the sordid details of his domestic and high roller life were laid bare.
That Trump is even a topic of discussion for president is a sad state of affairs for the republican party. John McCain was a legitimate war hero who has served his state well as a U.S. Senator for a generation, and he still got trounced in 2008. Although stupid is fashionable for the republicans with the likes of Palin and Michele Bachman, the majority of Americans are tired of hot air and are seeking someone who can generate real jobs.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm
"Yes I would vote for Mr. Trump because I think we need someone in there that knows how to run a large organization and effectively."
Even assuming that business skills translate into Presidential management skills, why would you choose Trump? There are many better businessmen than Trump. Why not instead recruit Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs, or Jack Welch?
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 8:39 am
Why not instead recruit Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs, or Jack Welch?
Answer: Because they are rich, elitist liberals. When I hear the class envy crowd tout increased taxes on the rich, why is it these guys names never come up? Doesn't the press realize that the top 1% includes mainly liberal billionaires, i.e. Soros?
Posted by LJ, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 9:18 am
Trump says he's the best man to lead the American people. Is he kidding???? Donald Trump says he can't commit to an election bid until June of 2010. Why? Because that's when the season ends for The Apprentice. Really? Saving the nation might be important but not as important as reality TV. Give me a break!!
Posted by Trump Fan, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 9:25 am
Seems to me that he would do a better job than what we have now. So what if he isn't a career politican...maybe that is what we need! He is a good negotiator, businessman and has ideas. I would vote for him.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:46 am
LJ-Trump is contractually obligated to finish his season of the Apprentice. He is choosing to honor his contract, plus he cannot run while he's potentially receiving additional TV exposure through a network program. It'd be like Obama taking over Oprah's show while he's trying to be re-elected. Althouhg, one would question how much of an audience that would draw anyway.
Posted by LH, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:32 am
Steve, Who knows? Maybe throwing his hat into the "intended arena" is a ploy to boost interest in The Apprentice. I'm not a reality TV fan but maybe I'll even take a look and see what The Apprentice is all about.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm
I actually like the idea of obama taking over for oprah. I think it might be something he can actually do a good job of. I mean bsing without follow up or delivering is right up his alley. Terrible President and the worst we have ever had. No one respects the guy, to weak.
Posted by Ethyl's MOM, a resident of another community, on Apr 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Did I miss something....?? said the GOP has already picked Palin,Trump etc. We have a long way to go until election and I'm not "delusional" enought to want someone that has actually hired and fired people and done something other than run for office or lived off the government as the current holder of the office has done. Trump at least knows to get the best person for a job instead of just pay backs.
Posted by Huh??, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm
"Posted by LJ, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, 9 hours ago
Trump says he's the best man to lead the American people. Is he kidding???? Donald Trump says he can't commit to an election bid until June of 2010. Why? Because that's when the season ends for The Apprentice. Really? Saving the nation might be important but not as important as reality TV. Give me a break!!"
Am I the only one living on some alternate planet where June 2010 has long past??
Posted by Obama's safe, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm
At least Trump is a step up from pathetic embarrassments like the slick Elmer Gantry revival-tent huckster Huckabee and catholic crusader Bachman who has 6 or 8 kids, and wants to make sure there are housefulls of poor unwanted children everywhere....as a fiscal conservative, that truly offends me. She thinks her way must be our way...WRONG ! The truly dangerous one is Santorum, a real in-your-bed zealot....all 3 real hypocrites when it comes to "limited government".
First up Iowa LOVES all three....but don't forget they picked the not-so-reverent Pat Robertson over Papa Bush, and last time they picked huckster Huckabee over Romney (McCain was going broke and about to drop out). Tall, dignified, qualified,business turn-around expert Romney would have defeated Obama, but got bumped out by stupid extremist crusader states like Iowa and South Carolina. You can count on those early states again...to pick a guaranteed LOSER ! ! ! Obama's safe. Nuts rule Republican primaries ....so it's pretty hard to win the Nov general election....with a loser nominee. They just don't grasp the concept of VICTORY in NOVember ! ! some voters would rather die on their swords and let the DEM win in November. They mistakenly believe it has something to do with WHO they LIKE, or a crusader for a single issue, when it's all just a numbers game...the one with the highest number of NOVember votes, NATIONALLY will be President...and that sure isn't any of these clowns.
Posted by We deserve what we get, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2011 at 6:04 am
Given the overall intellectual laziness of our society, we will once again end up with poor candidate choices. This blog is case and point. Much talk about needing a leader who understands business/economy but is moderate on social issues and yet little discussion on Romney who was an extremely successful businessman, turned around the failing Salt Lake Olympics, was a successful governor in a liberal state like Mass, etc.
Given the pathetic state of our country, we deserve what we will get and years from now we will all be wondering and griping why our standard of living continued to decline. In our distorted society, style seems to always trump substance - just one reason why we are a joke to the rest of the world yet in our own minds we are are still at the top.
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2011 at 9:12 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Romney might be a good choice for the reasons you cited, however, like all candidates, he does have his drawbacks---in his case, the failed socilaized medicine program in Mass. and his lack of charisma.
Posted by Obama's safe, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm
SteveP: Pawlenty might have some ability, but zero charisma! I guess you would rather keep Obama socialized medicine. There is no perfect candidate, like there is no PERFECT spouse !... SO ?? you decided against marriage? I have a hunch your checklist is narrow, which doesn't guarantee electability by the masses nationally. We know the 3 I mentioned above would guarantee a Nov loss. Since the election is not about you, who does your scanner pick that meets the national electability checklist???
Like Drier said last week, we are still looking for our 2012 Reagan (somebody who can keep issues realistic). So far we haven't found one, but Romney is the closet that's surfaced to date (successsful but more credibility than Trump).
Like Haley Barbour has said repeatedly, keep focused on the BIG thing... NOV. victory..50% of the vote....(not which Rep wing beats the other Rep wing in primaries, since COMBINED we don't make 40%). Keep your eye on the ball..NOV....not worth bothering with it the candidate can't carry that over that line! !
Posted by lillieh, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Trump seems like he would definitely get more done for our country than Obama, judging by his fast wits and no b.s personality. Someone who is outspoken, well spoken and fair is someone I can see running a country. Whether or not I agree with his Republican ideals is a differant story. Time for a new hairdo though, Don!
Posted by lillieh, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm
C. Miller, I'm going to have to say I disagree that John MCcain was a good candidate- he was seeminly another Bush and at a time when America needed change. Sticking behind a failing president with only a 40 something percentile of the American people's support was not wise.
Posted by david, a resident of another community, on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:52 am
Trump and his hair are another distraction,to go with the clowns Palin,Bachman,etc.,to ensure the rich get richer while we become a third world country.Romney is the poster child for GOP goals. He was a corporate raider who outsourced US jobs . Make obscene fortunes using cheap overseas labor,decimating the US job market, and lowering taxes on the wealthy, the voodoo economic Reagan lie still being worshiped by morons. The love of money is still the root of all evil, and also the root of the GOP, as well as many conservadems. Its all about greed, not the distractions of God, Gays, Guns, etc. Follow the money, not the shiny objects these people use to divert our weak attention
Posted by No Trump Fan, a resident of another community, on Apr 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Who would The Donald pick as his running mate? Miss Hawaiian Tropic perhaps? Didn't he declare bankruptcy awhile ago, then go right back into his wheeling/dealing? I can't stand him and his egotistical bluster...and his hair. A combover would look better.