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04-21-2011 10:05 PM  7 years agoPost 1
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republicans are mounting an attack on real estate tycoon Donald Trump, worried that his flirtation with a 2012 presidential run hurts their chances to field a serious challenge to Barack Obama.

Many Republican officials doubt the billionaire and celebrity TV star known as The Donald actually wants the pain and suffering that comes with a presidential campaign. They see him as a self-promoting publicity hound and his talk of a White House bid as a stunt drawing more attention to himself.

But polls show Trump getting a bounce from his highly public consideration of a campaign and his foray into "birther" politics, the idea some conservatives cling to that Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii and so can not legally hold the presidency.

Concerns voiced by party elites suggest they are worried that the news media's fascination with Trump is crowding out some of the attention normally bestowed on the most serious of the Republican candidates.

Even if Trump emerged victorious as the Republican nominee, influential party players seem to doubt that he'd be able to defeat Obama.

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Karl Rove, who was the architect of Republican George W. Bush's two presidential victories, called Trump a "joke candidate" for focusing on Obama's birth certificate.

"The guy is smarter than this," Rove told Fox News.

The Club for Growth, a conservative economic group, pointed to a statement that Trump had made in the past in support of government-run healthcare to denounce him as a liberal.

"Donald Trump for President? You've got to be joking," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."

And conservative newspaper columnist George Will told ABC News' "This Week" online "Green Room" segment that Trump is a "blatherskite.""

"That is a word my grandmother was fond of as someone who blathers promiscuously," Will said.

All this leads Jennifer Duffy, a political expert at the non-partisan Cook Political Report, to conclude: "It does seem that the GOP establishment is now engaged in a serious effort to undermine Trump's candidacy."

'NEW VOICE'

Trump is waving all the criticism aside, and holding interview after interview to rip Obama, Middle Eastern oil barons, Bush and even China.

"If we stop buying from China, China will go down like no other country has ever gone down before," he told Reuters last week. "China needs us more than we need them."

And last but not least, there is Mitt Romney, the wealthy former Massachusetts governor who many see as the Republican front-runner for the 2012 race.

"Well, I'm a much bigger businessman," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union". "And I have a much, much bigger net worth. I mean, my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney. And I don't know Mitt Romney. I really don't know him. So I'm not saying good or bad."

Still, Republican pollster Whit Ayres said Trump is getting a look from Republicans in search of a fresh face for 2012.

"There's unhappiness with the prominent names that are currently in the field. And when somebody comes along who already has high name identification, who sounds like he would be that new voice, a certain proportion of people gravitate to it," Ayres said.

A poll last week by Public Policy Polling said Trump led the Republican field with 26 percent, followed by 17 percent for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, 15 percent for Romney, 11 percent for former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and 8 percent for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Republican strategist Scott Reed said Trump's poll numbers are proof that the Republican Party nomination "is wide open" and that Republicans should welcome him to the debate because some of the issues he raises are important.

"He speaks with some real common sense, especially to independent and (conservative) Tea Party voters," Reed said.

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04-21-2011 10:59 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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I am suprised because if Trump runs as an independent,the same clown we have in their now will surely get another chance to run this country even further in debt.

The dems would love the same thing to happen again that got Clinton elected.

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04-21-2011 11:56 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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I am suprised because if Trump runs as an independent,the same clown we have in their now will surely get another chance to run this country even further in debt.
Trump has already said knows the damage he can cause by running as an independent and will not do that.

He is getting a lot of attention because he is saying things the others don't have the balls to say. Some I don't necessarily agree with. But, at least he certainly is not going out of his way to be politically correct and throw sunshine up our butts.

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04-22-2011 02:26 AM  7 years agoPost 4
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Paaleeeaze...don't let Trump or Huckabee get nominated!!!!
Trump is a joke and Huckabee is a tax and spend republican.

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04-22-2011 01:48 PM  7 years agoPost 5
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I don't know. The fact that both sides of the ruling class dislikes him is a good sign! Maybe a Trump/Palin ticket would be perfect!

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04-22-2011 04:18 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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Unfortunately if you look at a break down of it Trump is at this point the only chance we have of Obama being a one term president. No one will be able to beat him except Trump, and that is pretty close to a 50/50 shot. And the Republicans dont care if Obama does get a second term if it means marginalizing Trump. They dont want to be dictated to more than they want to win an election.

And you guys really need to get off this Palin thing, she is a great motivator but she could never get elected to national office. She rubs too many people the wrong way, even if it is a perception problem.

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04-22-2011 05:30 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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My preference would be:
Herman Cain
Michele Bachman
Chris Christie
Ron Paul(or Rand Paul)
Sarah Palin
Marco Rubio

in that order.

I think anyone of them can beat obama (of course I never thought there were enough stupid people in America to vote him in the first time).

I'd love to see the liberals squirm if the Republicans put a black man and a woman on the ticket.

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04-22-2011 06:57 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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of course I never thought there were enough stupid people in America to vote him in the first time
I suppose you knew ahead of time what was going to happen with our country if Obama got elected. Because if Palin and McCain were in office I suppose none of what has happened would have happened. Our economy would still be strong, people would still be working. The price of gas would be at 2 bucks and change and all would have been great.
I'd love to see the liberals squirm if the Republicans put a black man and a woman on the ticket.
They really squirmed when they put Palin on the ticket. Why would they squirm if there was a black man and a women on the ticket?

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04-22-2011 07:31 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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Because if Palin and McCain were in office I suppose none of what has happened would have happened.
No, the economic alvalanche was already in motion, but I'm sure they would be doing something positive to stop the bleeding. They both have records showing that they can manage economic situations. What record does obama have...community organizer?. What has obama done other than set policies that have added to our burden. Hows that stimulus package working out for ya? obama has added to our China debt; refuses to enforce our border security and refuses to start escalating oil production in the U.S.
Why would they squirm if there was a black man and a women on the ticket?
Because it would show that democrats are frauds. Purportedly, they stand up for blacks and womens rights. When the truth is that they are just using these groups to promote their liberal policies and enslave them.

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04-22-2011 08:00 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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Herman Cain maybe, the others either have too much baggage or not enough name recognition or lack Obamas charisma. I hate to admit it but we are probably looking at a 2nd Obama term.

As far as McCain doing something differently than Obama, maybe in the details but not much else. Look back at the campaign and what they both were saying. The two surprisingly didnt have very different views when it came to how to correct the economy. I think they fear Donald Trump more than anyone, including Herman Cain. Because he truly is an outsider. He doesnt give a damn about their job security or best interest.

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04-22-2011 09:53 PM  7 years agoPost 11
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Herman Cain? Really? Name recognition? I have never even heard of him!
I'm not advocating Palin but I bet she could beat Obama now that the world knows whaat he is.
I'd much rather see Alan West run than any of them But at least Trump isn't scared to say what he thinks!

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04-22-2011 10:08 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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Trump, i would dare say, is the only one with proven experience to dig you guys outa the $$$ hole your in.

Hes brash and opiniated and just what the rest of the world used to expect a US Pres to be. A commanding figure, not to be reconned with.

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04-22-2011 10:09 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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04-22-2011 11:14 PM  7 years agoPost 14
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Trump, i would dare say, is the only one with proven experience to dig you guys outa the $$$ hole your in.
He has also filed for personal bankruptcy 4 times and bankrupted a casino as well. He may know how to make money but he also knows how to loss money.

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04-22-2011 11:38 PM  7 years agoPost 15
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Still better than someone the relies only on political theories that have been disproven all over the world and through out time!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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04-23-2011 01:53 AM  7 years agoPost 16
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Allen west should be the front runner IMAO

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04-23-2011 02:24 AM  7 years agoPost 17
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He has also filed for personal bankruptcy 4 times and bankrupted a casino as well. He may know how to make money but he also knows how to loss money.
Perfect,that way when Obama is done bankrupting this country, Trump will know how to file all the necessary paperwork with China.

(I thought we already addressed this issue with Trump? )

and besides,alteast Trump has a background that can be checked.You dont even know for sure what Barry has gone throught and why his and his wifes (possibly fake) law degrees were taken away several years ago.

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04-23-2011 02:49 AM  7 years agoPost 18
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Herman Cain? Really? Name recognition? I have never even heard of him!
I'm not advocating Palin but I bet she could beat Obama now that the world knows whaat he is.
You should check him out, he would put BO in his place like the spoiled little boy he is. And no, she can't. Look at the early head to head polls, BO clobbers Palin in every scenario.

And Trump may have filed for bankruptcy but so have many other people and companies, it happens every day. But he has also rebuilt fortunes from ruins. Which is exactly what this country needs. And Chris is right, we need a strong leader that makes people feel good about this country again. Not a boss that is always chastising us for what we have done wrong. All the while not following their own advice.

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04-23-2011 02:56 PM  7 years agoPost 19
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Palin is the queen of idiots and anyone still advocating her for potus needs to get out of politics

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04-23-2011 03:38 PM  7 years agoPost 20
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I would love to see Trump and Bachman run in 2012. Can you imagine these other chumps trying to debate with Trump? He'll kick their ass every time.

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