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Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney for president

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, shakes hands with Donald Trump after Trump endorsed Romney’s presidential bid Feb. 2, 2012, at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Romney’s wife, Ann, applauds.

Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney

KSNV coverage of Donald Trump endorsing GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Feb. 2, 2012.

Trump Endorses Romney for President

Ann Romney points out someone in the audience to her husband Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, after businessman Donald Trump, center, endorsed Romney's presidential bid during a news conference at the Trump International Hotel  in Las Vegas, Nevada February 2, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The Republican presidential candidates spent months seeking, dodging, and sometimes outright shunning Donald Trump.

But Thursday afternoon, Mitt Romney accepted the Donald’s endorsement in the lobby of Trump's glittering golden tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

“There are some things you just can't imagine in your life,” Romney said as he accepted the endorsement. “This is one of them."

Trump, who has been a household name thanks to his television show “The Apprentice,” became a force in the presidential fray when he toyed with a presidential bid of his own. Ever the publicity man, he stoked speculation about that potential bid through the Florida primary – but his endorsement of Romney Thursday appeared sincere and emphatic.

“It’s my honor, real honor, and privilege to endorse Mitt Romney,” Trump told a group of about 80 guests and a gaggle of press in his hotel. “He’s smart. He’s sharp. He’s not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country we all love. So Governor Romney, go out and get ‘em. You can do it.”

Trump refrained from using any of his stock catch phrases – “you’re fired” – or engaging in any self-promotion while offering his support to Romney.

But no matter what Trump says, the main challenge of a Trump endorsement is making it about the candidate, not Trump.

“Of course, I’m looking for the endorsement of the people of Nevada,” Romney said immediately after thanking Trump for his endorsement – which he then parsed for the crowd in practical terms.

“Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works. He’s done it here in Nevada, he’s done it across the country,” Romney continued. “I spent my life in the private sector -- not quite as successful as this guy, but successful nonetheless. Sufficiently successful that I understand what it takes to get America to be the most attractive place in the world for innovators, entrepreneurs and business, job creators.”

Romney’s Nevada supporters spun Trump’s endorsement in the same manner, with a reserved appreciation for the humorous light in which a Trump endorsement will be received.

“Donald Trump is a character unto himself,” said Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. “I think Donald Trump has built a marvelous facility here in Las Vegas – it’s iconic – he certainly has a presence and a personality that we love having here associated with us in Nevada.

“I just think it’s one of those moments that’s convenient,” Krolicki continued. “We welcome the timing…two days before the Saturday Nevada caucuses, I just think it’s a convergence of his calendar that makes this endorsement happen today.”

Before the announcement, Trump played his endorsement close to the vest. His initially scheduled a “major announcement” pertaining to the president campaign, setting off rumors that Trump would be endorsing Newt Gingrich.

By Thursday morning, the Gingrich rumors had died down – but the former speaker of the House didn’t miss an opportunity to throw some water on the coming endorsement.

“I like to hire people,” Gingrich quipped Thursday morning at a campaign event – a sidelong dig at the “you’re fired” line that Trump deploys on his TV show, as well as Romney’s background as CEO of Bain Capital. Gingrich and his supporters have strived to paint Romney as a corporate fat cat who has destroyed more jobs than he has created – a view of his record that Romney disputes.

Democrats offered a similar criticism of the endorsement: "It makes perfect sense for Trump to endorse Romney. They like to fire people," Democratic National Committee Vice Chairwoman Linda Chavez-Thompson. "It's one millionaire endorsing another millionaire. ... It couldn't have turned out any better" for us.

“Whatever Donald’s going to do, Donald’s going to do,” Gingrich’s spokesman R.C. Hammond said Thursday morning, shrugging off the significance of it.

Even Trump business partner and Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin said he didn’t know the endorsement was coming until the last minute.

“I was hoping he would go for Romney, because that was who I was for. We didn’t even know until the last minute,” Ruffin said. “He didn’t say a word.”

But Ruffin seemed more happy about Trump’s endorsement Thursday for a reason that has nothing to do with politics: “I’m glad they’re doing it in our hotel, we need the publicity. So anybody listening, they could come and get a good rate.”

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  1. Romney's proud to have the endorsement of America's Top Birther?

    Yikes.

  2. Just what Romney needs -- a super rich birther guy throwing his support to him in the most public way possible. And Trump does it the day after Mitt yet again says something that amplfies just how out of touch he is with the average American and the needs of the poor.

  3. Question: How do you know your campaign for President is doomed?

    Answer: When "The Donald" endorses you.

  4. The real story is Trumps endorsement of mulitiple wives!!! (Just not all at the same time of course)

  5. Obama was endorsed by George Soros, where are the democrats to complain about that? He is not even a citizen, ( Soros ) we all know about Obama..

    from website http://thenewamerican.com/opinion/sam-bl...

    The question is why did Soros decide to make Obama president instead of Hillary? The answer is simple. Obama was an empty suit, easily controllable by the master puppeteer. Hillary was too much of an insider Washington politician to be anyone's puppet. And women are much more difficult to control. And so, invisible Soros chose the best potential puppet at hand. And he won.

  6. Trump: multiple bankruptcies (4), multiple wives and too many trollops to count.

    "The Saint and the Sinner": a match made in in movie classics.

  7. Donald needs to be aware of the dark side of ROMNEYCARE, which is killing off major insurance companies including BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD of Massachusetts:

    "Because it was politically intolerable to allow premiums to rise in line with the costs of Romneycare, the state's insurance commissioner denied 235 of 276 rate increase requests in April 2010. For a short time, no new policies were offered, and plans suffered significant losses. The next month, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest carrier, announced a $55 million provision for anticipated losses in the second quarter alone.

    Of the 12 largest carriers, five were already operating at a loss. At this point, even if the state allows Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to increase rates in line with medical costs, my analysis concludes the carrier will become insolvent in the vicinity of 2017. Other carriers will soon follow."

    http://www.marklevinshow.com/goout.asp?u...

    So how will Mitt debate OBAMA on the health care issue when the MAIN STREAM PRESS throws these facts at him???

  8. So Mitt says the people in Massachusetts approve of his ROMNEYCARE 3 to 1. REALLY??? " An April poll conducted by Suffolk University and Boston's WHDH-TV reported that 49 percent of respondents do not believe Romneycare has helped, while only 38 percent believe it is working. And 54 percent said Romney's signing of the law likely hurt his presidential chances, while only 22 percent believed it helped.

    This is a dramatic shift from a July 2008 poll, conducted two years after the law was signed, which showed 69 percent favoring the law and only 22 percent opposed." http://www.marklevinshow.com/goout.asp?u...

  9. Dear Mitt...

    "From one rich guy to another, who like myself could really care less about the little people we stepped on & crushed on our way to success, who firmly has a handle on how to be a rich dude in America, and just as importantly, how to KEEP US THAT WAY, I now bestow upon you the mantel of 'The Official Republican Presidential Nominee of Donald Trump'!"

    And the crowd ro...no, just jokin'!
    NO ONE CARED!!!

  10. Where is the Big Kiss to seal the deal? I'm still waiting.

  11. ... LMAO all-THEE-way from Bflo./Niagara! PLEASE: a-BILLIONAIRE-loser ENDORSING-a-MILLIONAIRE Mormon LOSER (who's thee member of a so-called-"church," which-STILL-endorses "electric-shock" therapy for it's LGBTQ members?!?) REALLY?!? KEEP-Trump-THERE!!! PLEASE!!!

  12. I wish Gary Coleman was alive, he'd endorse Mitt and have just as much credibility as Donald Trump.