Trump ties no 1 for 19%

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Savant, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Savant


    Running on a populist message of isolationism and spite for President Barack Obama "the foreigner," billionaire businessman Donald Trump is romping to early polling glory in the White House race.

    In less than a month, the 64-year-old known best for his multiple marriages, garish skyscrapers and reality TV show, has jumped from 10 to 19 percent support among Republican voters, tying with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, according to a CNN poll released this week.

    That puts the real estate mogul with the signature comb-over ahead of a crowded field of more established potential Republican contenders, including conservative Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin (12 percent) and Mitt Romney, the ex-governor of Massachusetts (11 percent).

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    But more than four in 10 Republicans said they would not like to see the real estate mogul enter the 2012 race, the poll found.

    Ranked the 420th wealthiest person this year by Forbes magazine with $2.7 billion, the man nicknamed "The Donald" is nonetheless vowing to ask voters for campaign donations, just like other candidates.

    "I think it's important for voters to invest in the direction of the country," Trump told USA Today in an interview Tuesday.

    Yet that claim came after Trump repeatedly indicated he is willing to dip into $600 million of his personal fortune to run for the highest office in the land.

    "Part of the beauty of me is I'm very rich," he told ABC's "Good Morning in America" last month.

    The extra funds would help him match the $1 billion expected price tag of a White House run. He says he will decide in June whether to make it official.

    Recent successes in a series of polls have made Trump suddenly seem more of a viable candidate.

    But many political observers remain unconvinced that the rebranded Republican who has switched party affiliations over the years is serious about running, claiming he is simply courting media attention -- partly to drum up attention for his flagging reality show.

    If he doesn't get the support he needs from the Republican Party establishment to become the GOP nominee, Trump has threatened to run as an independent.

    Such a move would split the vote of Republican-leaning independents and spell trouble for other conservative candidates seeking to unite their divided party against incumbent Obama.

    "I think the Republicans are very concerned that I (may) run as an independent," Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

    "The concern is if I don't win (the Republican primary), will I run as an independent? And I think the answer is probably yes... I'm not doing it for any other reason. I like winning."

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played down Trump's early polling success.

    "For some voters, it may have just been that pure and simple: I've heard of Donald Trump, nobody else I've heard of I want to be for, so I'll just park my vote for this little poll with Donald Trump," Barbour told New Hampshire's WKXL Radio.

    The White House dismissed Trump's flirtation with a presidential run as a "sideshow" after he made himself standard-bearer of a fringe movement claiming that Obama, who was born in the US state of Hawaii, was not really born on US soil -- and therefore can't be a legitimate president.

    "I think there's zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job," Obama's campaign adviser David Plouffe told ABC's "This Week" program on Sunday.

    Trump's embracing of the so-called "birther" movement has brought controversy but also huge publicity that feeds into his self-appointed role as savior of a failing state.

    "I hate what's happening to the country," the host of NBC television's "Celebrity Apprentice" told the Journal.

    His responses to basic foreign policy questions have also fueled suspicions that Trump's bid is simply an elaborate hoax.

    He told the newspaper he was "only interested in Libya if we take the oil" and that, as president, he would tell China: "You're either going to shape up, or I'm going to tax you at 25 percent for all the products you send into this country."

    The United States has become a "laughing stock" and "whipping post," he repeatedly says. He told hundreds of conservative activists in February that as president, he would take in "hundreds of billions from countries that are screwing us."

    Romney, who took the first step toward possibly launching an official campaign Monday by opening an exploratory committee, took a hit in the latest CNN poll by dropping from first to second behind the Trump-Huckabee tie, but observers cautioned the picture may be more complex.

    "Are Republicans switching from Romney to Trump? Some are, but it's a lot more complicated than that, as you would expect with 11 potential hats in the ring," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
  2. I'm impressed.

    The main thing about Trump is: He has skin in the game. He has plenty to lose if this country goes in the shitter.

    What has Obama got to lose, he's owns nothing, ran nothing, employs no one.

    He lives in gov't housing. :cool: .....:D
  3. Pekelo


    So you are impressed because he is trying to help HIMSELF??? By the way that is not what he said, he is doing it for the COUNTRY, according to him.

    And if you have 2 billions and let's say you lose half, you still have left another billion, so that is not really serious skin in the game.... Poor Donald, are you saying he is worrying that he might have to live on a billion only????
  4. And if you have 2 billions and let's say you lose half, you still have left another billion,

    If Obama loses half of his net worth of nothing he still has the other half.......
  5. Pekelo


    Dude, your logic is still shit. You are impressed for the wrong reason. The right reason would be:

    Even if the country goes down the toilet, he still gonna have millions, so his lifestyle won't change, so he is doing it altruisticly for the country.

    That is the correct reasoning....Not that you would understand...Oh yes, and you should admire Obama, because according to you, he is doing it for nothing. :)
  6. With Trumps last billion, is Obama a good credit risk. Should Trump lend his last dime to Obama?
  7. Ricter


    Going by this Obama sounds like an ordinary American.
  8. Savant


    Ordinary Americans own nothing and live in government housing?

  9. Ricter


    Literal much?

    Obama owns something, probably more than a used car and the clothes on his back, unlike most Americans. In fact, he's probably a 1%'er now, if not earlier. And he won't be in "government housing" for life, but one in seven Americans have been homeless or come very close to it once in their lives.

    Trump doesn't look like us, but we dream of his money, don't we?
  10. And hair. Don't forget the hair.
    #10     Apr 15, 2011