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October 4th, 2010
05:54 PM ET

Would you like to see Donald Trump run for president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Could real estate magnate Donald Trump have his eye on the White House?

Time magazine has quite a scoop: New Hampshire voters were polled on their feelings about Trump and 2012. The mysterious poll's callers asked people about several potential Republican candidates and matchups. It included about 30 questions on Trump.

Voters were reportedly asked if they had heard that Trump had donated to Democrats in the past and if they thought his appearances on TV would help or hurt in a political race. Time doesn't know who paid for the poll.

Trump tells CNN he's never heard of this poll but is "anxious to find out what it says." He says he didn't commission it, nor does he know who did.

Trump goes on to say that he really likes the people of New Hampshire because they're "strong and intelligent people" and they know what's happening in the U.S. is wrong. Sounds kinda like a politician, doesn't he?

Trump insists he's not considering a run, but he adds that "somebody has to do something or this country is not going to be a very great country for long."

Experts point out that the Republican field in 2012 is wide open, with no clear frontrunner. They say if Trump simply made a couple of trips to New Hampshire and ran some ads, he could become a player pretty quickly.

Just last month, Trump was in the CNN Situation Room talking about how President Obama is in trouble. He said he doesn't know if Obama can win re-election, and that he's never seen the current levels of animosity toward our government.

Here’s my question to you: Would you like to see Donald Trump run for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Gordon in New Jersey writes:
No. Despite his smug know-it-all entrepreneurial arrogance, Trump started his fortune the old fashioned way... he inherited it. Remember the last president we had who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but lacked all traces of humility? How did that work out?

Jeffrey writes:
Our entire political landscape is slowly being turned into an embarrassing carnival sideshow, so we hardly need to add yet another dysfunctional participant to our Washington-based version of The Jerry Springer Show. However, considering the unqualified tide of human drek that's currently being shoved down our collective throats by Tea Party pandering Republicans, Trump's own sideshow antics could hardly do more damage to us than what appears to be on the horizon.

Roxy writes:
Absolutely. He's a business man who gets things done. Period! I am a firm believer that he would be perfect for president and everyone knows that he would get in there and make REAL differences for the good of the country. Donald Trump did not get to where he is by sitting back and hoping for a miracle, he took charge and made great choices for his company.

Bob writes:
Trump for elected office? Are you nuts? The guy is out-of-touch out on planet zoom-zoom somewhere. The LAST thing we need is Donald Trump making decisions that affect and control the people. Nice guy to have cocktail with on a yacht somewhere, but political control? No way, no how!

Sylvia in California writes:
I will take a business man any day over lawyers to run our country... Yes, he would get my vote!

U. writes:
No, I think Trump is a buffoon with a bad hairpiece who has outlived his usefulness (if he ever had any).

Carol in Massachusetts writes:
Yes, he'd tell everyone in government and lobbyists: "You're fired". Then he'd start over with economies of scale and run the country like a business. Never mind the hair.

Annie in New Hampshire writes:
One word: NO! And I'm one of those strong, intelligent people from New Hampshire.


Filed under: Elections
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Mike North Port, FL

    He's educated and a wildly succesful businessman. Is not a Washington insider or professional politician. America needs a business friendly approach to bring jobs back home. I say run!!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    If he ran as a true conservative, I'd consider him as a Ron Paul VP...

    October 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Phil, Jersey

    No,,,,he's just an over-hyped opportunist who sometimes gets it right.....

    October 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  4. billmaden

    Trump makes things happen. He's smart, successful and tough.I say go for it Donald. The U.S. needs leadership and you would supply it in bushels.
    Halifax.Nova Scotia,Canada

    October 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Why not? He would be as good as what we have now.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  6. Don Fishback

    I do agree that someone with truly successful business experience needs to be at the top. The last several years of lackluster business leadership proves that point. But Trump isn't the answer. His success is based more on image than reality. And he has way too much baggage of leaving others stuck with bad debt.

    I'd rather see someone with an *actual* legacy of success, like Alan Mulally (Boeing, and now Ford), or even Steve Jobs.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  7. JENNA

    Would you like to see Donald Trump run for president?

    Jack, I love your joke questions of the day!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  8. David in Indiana

    I would like to see all of the talking heads run for political office. If they have a better way to govern, then stop complaining about the individuals currently in office, and take a stand.

    I, for one, am tired of hearing about how the government keeps screwing up. Step up and do something, or shut up.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  9. Mike W

    We're dealing with the results of electing a meglamaniac for president, right now. Why would we dare elect another? Although, I admit the campaign would be hilarious.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  10. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    It would definitely be refreshing to see someone with a demonstrated business acumen take on the professional politicians. Donald Trump almost went bankrupt in the early 1990's so he knows how to work his way out of a hole and the US is in a really deep hole now. He must know how to work political deals since he developed many huge projects in New York City. All I could say about the prospect of Donald Trump running for President is "You're Hired!"

    October 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  11. billmaden

    Trump makes things happen. I say go for it. He would shake up politics more than Ross Perot in 1992 and he could win.
    Halifax.Nova Scotia,Canada

    October 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  12. Kelly in Oklahoma

    I personally would like to see Trump run for president. He obviously knows a lot about money and I think that would be a good trait for a president. Isn't that the main problem right now?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  13. Paula in Albuquerque

    Definitely! He is capitalism's "poster child"...he is not afraid to "call 'em, like he sees 'em"...and, as a Washington outsider, he less apt to be "bought"....

    October 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  14. Linda in Arizona

    Why not? He's smarter than most of the Democrats and more decent than ANY of the republicans.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  15. Jordan

    Well the guy has bankrupted his own companies twice, sounds like the perfect guy to further run the U.S. economy into the ground.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  16. Matt, San Diego CA

    Yeah Jack,

    That's all we need is more silver-spoon-fed billionaires and millionaires in government, that ought to get the poor people the jobs they need... oh wait, that's right trickle down doesn't work!!!!! Jack, why do you insist on asking the lamest questions on the whole Internet?

    -Matt

    October 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  17. Vince

    A billionaire who has his name on a bunch of casinos that went bankrupt in Atlantic CIty.

    Sounds like a perfect metaphor for the US in 2010.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  18. Jared

    If Donald Trump running for President means the end of the animosity towards our government I'm all for it. Trump may be the only man who can turn this country around at this point in time. He's honest and calls it like it is without a view of party lines getting in the way, which is something that most politicians do not have the guts to do.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  19. Nicholas

    Yes, I do think he should run. If he doesn't go anywhere with it, at least he will give us something to laugh at other than Sarah Palin come 2012.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  20. Frank from Abington, PA

    After the Wall Street gamblers bankruptcy, let's vote for the king of gambling. We can learn from our mistakes. By the way, does Trump gamble with his money or with his investors' money?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  21. Mick Hamden, CT

    Hey, all the other millionaires are buying seats in Congress – seems like where we're headed. Kind of like "America's Got Talent" for the very wealthy.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  22. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Trump for President? What a joke. He would probably claim bankruptcy again, stiff the taxpayers and remain a multi-millionaire.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  23. Anthony M.

    Honestly, the way that the government seems to be bloating up, by the time 2012 rolls around someone is going to have to be ready to say "You're FIRED" to a lot of people. Is that a good thing? Not exactly.Then again, better a businessman who knows what it is like to be successful and to fail on occasion, than career politicians who see the money in the country's coffers as their own to play with, doing so little or no regard for their constituents' and the country's well-being and future.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  24. Dean

    I think Mr. Trump would be great. He would run this country like a business, which is something that has never been done before. I say lets see what he can do. It would surely be better than whats going on now and what has never been done in the past. Go Donald, do it for your country.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Randy

    Is this a joke, of course not..geesh.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  26. Tim in Texas

    I'd crawl over cut glass to vote against him. It's not that I don't like him, but he's a corporate guy. He is a walking talking one man self-interest group. We have more than enough of that in Washington already. We don't need voices for the powerful and wealthy representing us, we need voices for the middle and working classes. Corporate giants have plenty of influence over legislation already, and we don't need to hand them any more.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  27. Mike

    That's the absolute last thing this country needs. The corporations already own US (yes double meaning). Do we want Trumps idiot self getting into office and trying to sell states for profit? Ross Perot didn't make it, Trump shouldn't even try.

    We need a person who was born with nothing and still has nothing to be president. That way they actually understand what's going on in the world, not the skewed view of the top 4%.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  28. Rebecca

    As someone who lives in "fake" Virginia and considers herself a progressive liberal, I would be less embarrassed having Palin in the White House than Donald Trump.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  29. Juan

    Juan in Oakland

    Sure he should run!
    Who wouldn't enjoy his campaign?
    It could be the most entertaining ever!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  30. Dale

    New Mexico:

    Donald Trump would get my vote because he has COMMON SENSE and the right connections.
    And one other thing he has everything, I think he has true feelings and concerns about United States future.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  31. Dinesh

    If he has desire to serve but not (serve) to fulfil his desires.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  32. Bradley Sebastian

    Are you kidding me?! The Baron of Bankruptcy? The King of Bogus Name Brand PR? He barely weighs in as a billionaire and doesn't as a liquid billionaire, thought he would have you believe he's equal to Bill Gates. He's been in bankruptcy at least twice (that we know of). He probably makes more money off the Miss America brand than his own "real estate". Is that all it takes to run for President of the United States of America these days? Anyone who has ever had a real job and had to work for what they have would be a far superior candidate to trump. His nomination would be an insult to this country and a guaranteed loss for the Republicans.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  33. Ron - Portland, OR

    The press is asking if Sarah Palin is a credible candidate. Why not Donald Trum? Why not Robin Meade, or Dog The Bounty Hunter? After all, apparently the only criteria for press hype these days is a potential candidate's ability to keep his/her face on TV. (No offence intended to Donald, Robin, and Dog... who actually have jobs)

    October 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  34. Evan

    The question is is Donald Trump tough enough to withstand the pressures of the beltway. Will he change politics or will it change him? I'm not sure any one person can change politics these day...

    October 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  35. JudyD

    ABSOLUTELY! He can run a huge empire effectively, so why not the government?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  36. LJ

    I think Donald Trump would make a great President. He has already proven, time and time again how he is a great leader. Mr. Trump would bring to the White House something that it has been missing for years, that is honesty, integrity and most of all a not backing down from anyone attitude.

    Please run for President of the United States Mr. Trump, before we all see this great nation something of the past.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  37. Tripp

    I can sum this up with one piece of initialism: LOL

    October 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  38. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl i wouldn't by a used car from him, but he actually would be better qualified to straighten out this country's problems over any other candidate, so, i'd vote for him.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  39. b10mtrk

    "The Donald' for President; You can't be serious.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  40. Jon Hughes

    Trump for President of the United States? No way, he is to real estate what Bush is to oil. Same old song and dance my friend. Just another self serving individual.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  41. Ian

    Given his history with bankruptcy, he's definitely qualified.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  42. Dave

    Does he have any political experience? Has he been a mayor, a govenor, a senator, or representative?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  43. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Jack, I would vote for "The Donald" in a heartbeat. And you know what? If we put "Mr. You're Fired" in the White House, it would truly be historic. As you know, there's never been an Orange-American President.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  44. dwighthuth

    Why would anyone want Donald Trump as the President of the United States? All he will do is take taxpayer's money and big some damned golf course. How does a golf course sustain jobs for an area where thousand's are in need of a stable employment?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  45. Otis

    He can if he wants to. Doesn't matter to me until I hear what he would offer to America.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  46. Dave

    No, we've already had enough ridiculous decisions and behavior from our current politicians!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  47. Jenny

    Yes I would very much like to see Donald Trump run for president. He understands how our trade policies are devastating our economy and realizes we can't wait forever to fix them. At this juncture in our history, I believe we need a businessman more than a politician to lead the country. Mr. Trump is very successful, cares deeply about the future of our country and I think would make a far better president than any of the political candidates out there.

    Jenny – Hillsboro, Oregon

    October 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  48. sam k

    We need to do something to stem the tide of negativity. We need leaders, not politicians. We want someone with not only positive and reasonable vision, but a leader who has the backbone to carry out their spoken word.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  49. mary

    I seriously doubt anything could be worse than what we have so what the heck let's give The Donald a try

    October 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  50. simon

    If the Presidency was a billionares boys club then he would its not.Alot of billionares have tried and failed.Remember people dont associate with the rich so much.good luck Trump lol

    October 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  51. Drew Bentley

    Stick to making crap reality shows Trump!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  52. Dan

    Here's the one and only reason why my answer is "yes".

    I can imagine nothing more amusing than watching a Trump vs. Palin debate.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  53. DeDe

    Absolutely!!!!! He has great business sense & a toughness that is needed. He also knows the world stage better than many politicians. DeDe, Tucson, AZ

    October 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  54. Ron

    I think he would be a strong candidate that would not need the support of either Party to run. Could be the strongest independent candidate ever. Definitely not as wacky as Perot was. At least Trump would bring some busines savvy to the office.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  55. Allison

    NO way am I putting any stock in a canidate that thinks it is ok to go bankrupt as many times as he has. He would do the same with the country and tell us it wasn't his fault.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  56. katiec Pekin, IL

    Heavens NO.
    We already have too many politicians who have undying love for Wall St, big business and we most certainly do not need to add another one to that cesspool.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  57. Steve Riley

    Yes, I'd vote for him. Mr. Trump is not a career politician, something we could use a lot less of.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  58. Pat Hammons

    Yes, I would like to See Trump as president. He has good sense and good business sense. I think he could make a difference.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  59. Ann

    No. He has too much of an ego to be president of the United States. He should stick to real estate.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  60. Thom Richer

    Even less than Sarah Palin. Give me a break. Just what we need another self-consumed president in the white house. This man is exactly where he should be. On the near useless TV. Just as Bush is where he should be. Out of the White House. Where do you come up with ideas like this? What a HAIR-brained idea!

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Annie, Atlanta

    Everything I need to know about Trump was discovered when he supported Palin for VP, so NO. Besides, getting on Marine One might send whatever the hell is on top of his head out into space and trigger an alien attack.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  62. Russell Levin

    I think he would make an excellent candidate because when he speaks people will listen. Also he does not carry any political baggage. If he can demonstrate that he is his own man and can survive the "Washington Political Virus" then he will have the electorate eating out of his hands. He must also force Congress to conduct the business of the country and earn their money and break the impass. Hopefully he will recruit the brightest minds and tackle our financial and trade problems with a vengence. I hope he reminds the elite that it was the middle class that built this country because they had good paying jobs. They are the marketplace that made the folks rich. No good jobs; no middle class; no country. Hello third world. China is better off then we are and that is a crime. Bring the jobs home...please

    October 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  63. Debbie

    Are you nuts? How many times has her married? he may be a conservative republican but he has no morals.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  64. Bill in CT

    I can think of worse choices (ie. every other Republican candidiate out there).

    But if he's running as a Republicam I wouldn't vote for him. Never again will I vote for the party of hate, anger, lies and willful (almost gleeful) ignorance. They virtually wallow in it.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  65. Paula from Canada

    The GOP could use another "clown" leader.. pair him with Palin and they would be voted in like "snap" just the thought begs the question..Where has America gone?? It is all about celebrity, money and power.. the Kennedy boys must be rolling in their graves.. I mean they actually stood for something.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  66. carol

    Yes I would like to see Donald Trump run for president. I think it is time for a smart business person to run this country instead of a politician who only cares about the votes he or she will get next time around!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  67. Edward, Nassau Bay, Texas

    Don't be ridiculous. He has absolutely no experience in governmental affairs or executive branch management. America has already demonstrated with the likes of Ross Perot, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others that we are not interested in electing a novice to the worlds highest office.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  68. lj bernard

    surely you jest..silly thought would he run the office the way he runs his business ?

    no to the question...

    albany n y

    October 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  69. Steve

    I'd like to see Trump and Bloomberg run.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  70. murray rosen

    I for one would vote for Trump

    October 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  71. Vincent Carrano

    If my memory serves Mr.Trumps "run" seemed to be a political move solely to keep other , better candidates from getting on the ballot in New York. With all due respect to Mr.Trump, politics is a dirty game played by rich people and he plays it very well when it serves his or his friends needs.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  72. Kathy Point Pleasant, NJ

    Maybe not prez but treasurer!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  73. Bill Seward

    Never do we want to see a dog who interests in money over a high character person.As proof he picks the lowlife's over the quality person, He proved that to me on his money, money, whatever shows. This would be the worst guy you could ever put in office. I told my son to look at Trumps and do the complete opposite. People and God come first money you can't take with you. Do the right thing and God will provide!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  74. Angela Charlotte, NC

    No! I can't think of anything worse. Anyone with an ego as big as his, whose whole life appears to revolve around his money, his hair, his beauty competitions and his delight in making others suffer public humiliation, would be the last straw. And can you imagine a White House with the whole Trump family in charge?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  75. Carlos Marrero

    Just what we need, another politician that knows how to spend too much money. Palin/Trump or Trump/Palin, would be a sure fire way of keeping Republicans out of the White House in 2012.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  76. Scott Stodden

    Absolutley I Would Love To See Donald Trump Run For President I Think It Would Be History In The Making If It Ever Happened! If He Runs For President I Always Said I Would Vote For Him And Yes, Yes, Yes, Let The Donald Run For President In 2012, Washington Needs The Donald And First Lady Milania!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Dawn

    If he's that rich, and that's the kind of tan he gets, I would question his judgment on absolutely everything else.

    But even if he didn't look like he was from Jersey Shore, money is the root of all evil, and he's got a pretty firm grasp on a big chunk of root.

    Sketchy at best.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  78. Cary in Colorado Springs

    This is a joke, right?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  79. Edward Nashville, TN

    I think someone with business experience like Trump just might have the knowledge and experience we need to help create jobs. On the downside he may be too pro-big business at the expense of the little guy.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  80. Wes

    No way. The man can't run a business, let alone the country. He's a joke.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  81. Vincent Carrano

    If my memory serves Mr.Trumps "run" seemed to be a political move solely to keep other , better candidates from getting on the ballot in New York. With all due respect to Mr.Trump, politics is a dirty game played by rich people and he plays it very well when it serves his or his friends needs. He would still make an election interesting though.
    Vincent Carrano
    Brooklyn, New York.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  82. Tim Bueneman

    Trump?? No way. His super-inflated ego would ruin this country. It would be all me, me, me.

    Tim Covington, WA

    October 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Tim Yearneau

    Interesting idea. Trump certainly knows about business, commerce, and the economy, and has been in a huge economic hole once himself from being highly leveraged and then the bottom falling out. He dug out of that hole and came back strong, so he knows what it takes. He is used to calling the shots, but can he work with others where compromise is needed? Don't know, but interesting.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  84. Lawrence Baron

    Hell no, not unless Rosie O'Donnell is his running mate, She can keep him in line

    October 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  85. Scot

    That's why I voted for Perot! Need someone who makes bussiness sense in the WH. Someone who is rich enough to NOT need the backroom cigar chomppers that get them to power!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  86. Anthony from NJ

    Great, just what we need, a robber-baron for president. I respect what Trump does by buying and trading skyscrapers but don't see how this converts to leadership. It simply a savvy businessman who knows how to manipulate business to his advantage.
    This is exactly what we don't need in the White House. He's better off starring in Wall Street 3.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  87. Linda

    NO, NO. Mr. Trump needs to stick to property developement.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  88. Fred Skarich

    If Trump is a viable candidate, so are Jack Cafferty and Lady Ga Ga.

    Fred
    Mendota Heights, MN

    October 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  89. Carrie /Alabama

    Jack , OMG NO NO NO!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  90. Kate

    I would love to see him run for president. I think we need a shrewd businessman to bring this country back to what it stood for...the Greatest Country in the world.....You have my vote Mr. Trump

    October 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  91. Frank in Indiana

    Trump's family got its money due to government deals. He'll never last. I don't know why people follow him, his deals have gone bust.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  92. KH in OK

    As a left leaning Independent, it'd rock to have such a softie to knock down.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  93. Frank

    Go Trump, I think he should go for it. It is about time the country tries their luck at utilizing a business man for President. Oust the crooks.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  94. Richkid

    We all know the rich run this country. Might as well admit it and just turn over the White House too. That way us rich people can do what we want with it, like give ourselves some more tax breaks. Thanks.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  95. Will M

    I worked my rear off as a volunteer to get Obama elected in '08. I also serve on the executive committee of my local Democratic party. If Trump runs for President, he has my vote ... regardless of what party affiliation he puts next to his name. Our country NEEDS this man to be President.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  96. Ron from Florida

    Trump should just run- run far far away. This guy has been bankrupt more than the government and he is just a joke...... wait that makes him a perfect Tea Party Candidate!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  97. Brett J.

    YES! A man who speaks the truth, not the party line. A true centrist, just like we need right now. Someone for the 70% of us who are not extremists like our current "leaders".

    October 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  98. Will in Colorado

    Yes, The Donald will make a good president. I like what he said about Americas’ manufacturing. He gave an example last week about buying a supply of windows for a project he was working on, and to his dismay he found out the windows he order came from china. When The Donald searched to find some windows from an America company he couldn’t find any window manufacturing company anywhere in America. He is the first Republican to ever make that much sense.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  99. swammiramma

    Run Donald Run! I am a republican but would vote for you on the Democratic ticket!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  100. joe

    No he is not qualified to run for president, he is not

    October 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  101. Mark from Las Vegas

    NO! Donald Trump would not make a good President. As a matter of fact, Donald Trump is really not a very good business man. True, he has either owned or co-owned casinos, and other businesses but they have all gone broke at one time or another. Just before going bankrupt Donald leaves them. He was just lucky that his family left him a bunch of money.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  102. Rick Vano

    I suppose his ego will force him to run, at which time, I too will run..... away.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  103. steven rigisich

    LOL. you have to be kidding me. What are his qualifications, that he knows how to swindle his partners into assuming huge amounts of debt then going BK on them? We already have that in Congress....

    October 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  104. Andy Lynn, MA

    There is such a minimal difference between the to parties that it does not matter which is in power. Each party has been bought by their special interest group. Legislating for the people is no longer the paramount reason of being a member of the Congress of the U nited States. Keeping this in mind, what can one man do? One men without the support of a political party. I've seen Trump's act on his TV program, The Apprentice. I was not impressed.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  105. Cornelia Vanoy

    Yes, I would like to see "The Donald" run for President I'd vote for him in a heatbeat. He is correct in saying that if this country don't turn around soon we will not be considered No. 1 anymore, but it may be too late! I believe we've been steady falling in the past ten years.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  106. Camille

    ...He would make a great President...he is a very nice people person who is also very shrewd and a savvy business man.......

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  107. Al Wilson

    You gotta' be joking.........I'd vote for Michael Vick before Trump.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  108. Krush

    It's a time where fiscal responsibility is what we tax-payers want to see. Trump's bankruptcy record should be enough to preclude him from ever having a political position where can can ruin even more investors' value.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  109. Roxy Smith

    Absolutely. He's a buisness man who gets things done. Period! I am a firm believer that he would be perfect for President and everyone knows that he would get in there and make REAL differences for the good of the country. Donald Tump did not get to where he is by sitting back and hoping for a miracle, he took charge and made great choices for his company. So, yes Trump would be perfect as president.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  110. FedUpRepublican

    Our entire political landscape is slowly being turned into an embarrassing carnival sideshow, so we hardly need to add yet another dysfunctional participant to our Washington based version of The Jerry Springer Show. However, considering the unqualified tide of human drek that’s currently being shoved down our collective throats by tea party pandering Republicans, Trumps’ own sideshow antics could hardly do more damage to us than what appears to be on the horizon.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  111. charlie

    No, leave the sideshow out. Serious candidates only please. Only Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert would gain anything from Trump running as president.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  112. ZIMZIMMINY

    If a huge capitalist like Trump won, he'd sell us out so bad we'd be having our military hardware outsourced to China so he and his type could get even richer reimporting it, at an extreme cost to our own national employment and security.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  113. mat

    Was suprised by his interview he did on CNN. He seems like he follows current events. I thought it was a great interview and would love to hear more of what he has to say. Was hard to tell if he was a Dem or Repub.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  114. emma texas

    what qualifies donald trump to be pres?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  115. Metalworker

    not in a million years

    October 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  116. Manny

    If the economy is still struggling in 2012, any Republican can win; including Donald Trump or even Mrs. Palin...

    October 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  117. Bob Spads

    Trump for elected office? Are you nuts? The guy is out of touch out on planet zoom zoom somewhere. The LAST thing we need is Donald Trump making decisions that affect and control the people. Nice guy to have cocktail with on a yacht somewhere, but political control? No way, no how!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  118. Hate To Say It

    Jack,
    As left as I lean, as ridiculous as the apprentice is, and how wealthy the media makes Trump out to be (4 billion isn't that much relative to other billionares), he has a Machavilian aura about him, and I think that may be the type of leader America needs now. All his policies were spot on in his interview with Wolfe. Wealth needs to stay in the USA, to do that jobs need to stay in the USA. Furthermore, the best way to pay off our debt to China would be to smack tarrifs on them.
    – Hate to Say it

    October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  119. Kevin

    Yes he should. He is an experienced business man who knows actually how the economy runs. Bush was a failure at every business venture he ever tried. Obama was an activist affirmative action law school grad that worked in the chicago projects handing out welfare checks. Of Course Trump should run ! He might just save us.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  120. Rodney

    I like Donald trump and think he would make a great politcal candidate, but as a presidential candidate, he would have an uphill battle in this politico-economic climate due to his elite economic status and the current anti-establishment sentiment across the U.S.

    Blessed Wishes,

    Rodney

    October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  121. colin

    Donald Trump has the money, the ego, and the hair to run for president. Having said that, seeing him run for president would be more novel than practical.

    Amarillo, Tx

    October 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  122. JFS

    Jack,
    Get serious ...this guy has declared bankruptcy more times than most people pray. With those bad habits do we want a schmuck like that as PREZ ??? I don't see any peace prizes here.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  123. Pericles

    This is such a joke. Trump likes to look a big game, but he is also the BK king. He has run his image and name into the ground along with his 'empire'. He does not now how to make money, just how to cut a deal and stay on TV.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  124. Joseph Leff

    No, Jack. I'd much rather see you point a finger at him and say "You're fired."

    Joe in Florida

    October 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  125. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Yagotta be kidding Jack. This guy gets far too much air time now. In fact, the question should have never been probed. I will never understand why the media gives this guy any attention. It does prove that he is 10 times smarter than anybody in the media who even mentions his name.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  126. Karen Rapp

    What a stupid question. Do you need to get out of New York or what? No! Mr. "Can't face myself without a comb-over" Trump should not run for President. The US needs another millionaire in office like a hole in the head.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  127. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I would vote for "The Donald" in a heartbeat. And you know what Jack? If we put "Mr. You're Fired" in the White House, it would truly be historic. As you know, there's never been an Orange-American President.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  128. Deborah

    I would very much like to see Donald Trump's view on a number of bellweather issues. Without seeing those, I would not be able to say yes or no. I can say with confidence that I would take a look at him. As an independent, I vote on issues, not on the Party. I think he could even consider running as an independent as well.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  129. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Egomaniacs like Ross Perot, Donald Trump or other notable Billionaires will NOT put up with the crap that goes on in Washington and would last about a week before they quit out of frustration. These guys got rich by getting things done and MAKING MONEY, not by spending themselves into oblivious debt.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  130. gftom

    That surely is a joke?
    A most deserving con-artist in the White House?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  131. Jeremy Smith

    Depends on what he's running on. If it's just going to be more of the same President Obama bashing then no I wouldn't want to see him run.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  132. Joan

    No!! Trump like McCain couldn't go outside if it was windy, their hair would get messed up., or blow away. Trump just wants his name in the news.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  133. John, Fort Collins,CO

    At an earlier time in the history of our country, I'd say a guy like Donald Trump would be at the very bottom of the list as a presidential candidate. But now looking at the "reality" of the mess in Washington, encompassing both parties, I can see where if he were to hook with the Octomom or the Balloon Boy's father for vice-president he might have a shot at the office.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  134. Mike

    Jack, What are you smoking. Donald Trump is a believer that any publicity is good publicity.

    How would this guy ever get past looking in the mirror.

    This guy is Ross Perot all over again.

    Please spare us your wit and wisdom on Donald Trump

    October 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  135. doug gengler

    NO! cant hardly stomach the guy.

    doug in arkansas

    October 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  136. RobRoy

    Yes I think he is pretty inteligent, street smart and a savy person. I think he would make a good president as long as he satyed with the democratic Party and Mr Obama had finished his first and seconf term. The Republicant's have sold this country out to big business startin with Tricky Dicky and his China trip to open the flood gate of American jobs and technology to China, Raygun laid the ground work for NAFTA, taking up where (I am not a Crook) Tricky Dicky left off and George Bush SR signed NAFTA into law and then Junior put the final nail into the coffin of middle class America by raising energy price %300 and illegally occupying Iraq so his buddies could stael the oil and funnel the money back to him, this is after he robbed America and Its people blind leading to the Banckrupcy of America and the Depression we are still in. VOTE Republican't (LOL) you must be kidding, these people have been the puppets of the corporations and Big Business to long and must be stopped while there is hope for America and Donald Trump understands this. He would be a damm good president after Obama.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  137. Cary Artac

    Though much of the country is likely unfamiliar with Trump's key-issue positions (myself included), his formal announcement would nevertheless excite the 2012 presidential campaign, especially were he to run Republican – a party thus far lacking any presumptive candidates able to generate real national enthusiasm.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  138. James Pfeiffer

    Are you kidding Jack!! Trump? He is a megalomaniac capitalist busy with beauty contests, TV shows, gambling casinos and erecting buildings named, almost every time, for himself. What in the heck is going on here? How about a Palin – Trump ticket Jack! What happened to wisdom and insight as qualifications for president instead of the quasi-reality TV buffoonery that seems to ingratiate these "characters" to our, sadly, diminishing national intelligence.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  139. Rlg

    I think not. "The Donald" appears to be doing well at what he's currently doing!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  140. J Hewitt

    I belive he would make a good President. We need someone with the capabilities of running a business, His expertise if put to working for the United States Company instead of our so called people that we have put into office that just want to fill they're pockets and do nothing for the people that put them in office. I listened to some of his ideas and they do make good sense.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  141. sean

    maybe he should. on one condition... pledge to fire the senate and congress when he's sworn in

    October 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  142. Roland Titor

    No. America does not need another independently wealthy candidate for any office.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  143. jackie wilson

    No, no, a thousand times no. We would have to look at that hair all the time.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  144. Donald in CA

    No, trump is strickly for the rich guy. He hates regulations on big business, and dislikes Obama because he tries to keep them honest. He looks at poor people as colateral damage.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  145. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I would vote for "The Donald" in a heartbeat. And you know what? If we put "Mr. You're Fired" in the White House, it would truly be historic. As you know Jack, there's never been an Orange-American President.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  146. Mike, NH

    He'd be great. At least 4 years of terrific SNL skits.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  147. Fred

    Princeton NJ.

    That is all we need, another blowhard. Pretty good self promoter, has he ever run something that did not file for bankruptcy. Are we ready for a Bloomberg or a Powell yet??

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  148. Arlene, Illinois

    Just because your a millionaire doesn't make you intelligent!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  149. Gerry from Montana

    Sure, why the hell not!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  150. janie, Springfield MA

    Geez jack...No. I see enough of him on the Apprentice and Larry King and on TV any time he's promoting something new. Smart guy but really annoying. And that hair!

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  151. Irving M. Terzich

    Only if he changes hair dressers!

    Irv in CA

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  152. Alan Fein

    He'll yes. He is direct and his success in business would help this country cure the economic crisis. He is a proven negotiator that would not fold in foreign affairs and most importantly he clearly can't be bought because he already owns everything he wants. He is a true American who is respected.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  153. Kevin

    Donald Trump would have fixed the oil spill sooner I am sure.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  154. ken, atlantic city nj

    no because he is just another rich guy looking for cheap taxes.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  155. Gigi Oregon

    I believe Donald Trump would support big business. Corporate America is killing the American middle class. They are thumbing their nose at us by taking their jobs overseas. Telling the American worker they don't need us. Then bring back inferior goods at exploited prices.
    No, I wouldn't vote for Donald Trump. Although he might say "Your Fired" to Congress and get away with it.

    If the media would concentrate on what the President has done in the last eighteen months rather than what he hasn't done, the America people might see "a glass half full rather than half empty" mentality.

    Talk about the power of the press. We should blame the press not the president for the doom and gloom of the American people..

    October 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  156. Ames Wolff

    Nope. He is a business man with no foreign policy experience and no record as to his stance on major issues facing our country at present. He's another "unknown" just like the one sitting in office.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  157. Raym@yahoo

    Surely, you can't be serious. Donald "Special Interest " Trump owes his soul to the company store. He's their president, spirtiual leader and possible treasurer as he has bailed himself out of one too many economic catastrophies with funds obtained by the very entitiies that have America by the throat now!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  158. Chris in Fort Worth

    Jack, absolutely. It would definitely make the campaign more interesting! With America's reality TV obsession, having the skeletons of his past dug up in the media would make for awesome ratings! You know the media runs this country, right? He'll at least be in the primary hunt.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  159. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Oh, what the heck, as long as America actually improves LOL!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  160. RG

    I don't think I'd want some one who owns a bankrupt casino to run the government. If you can't make money with a casino, you've got problems. Anyone remember Hershel Walker, the NJ Generals and the USFL?
    Yeah, he's got a great track record.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  161. Caroland in Virginia

    Yes I would love to see him run,I agree with his views on OPEC,and our trade with China.I believe he could put America back on sound financial footing,but he does know he cant just fire congress doesnt he!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  162. Jack

    We already have one big headed guy that thinks hes a celebrity in office now, we don't need another to be his replacement.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  163. ohio

    trump in '12.....run donald run

    October 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  164. Herman Portland OR

    Mr Trump has a realistic approach to America and believes in capitalism, oportunity foir all Americans. He is very concerned about Ameircas future and sees hope in changing the current policies that are causing uncertanty in the majority of american businesses. Trump has a proven leadership record and would be a much better choice than most Democrats ans some Republicans running in 2012.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  165. Jim Blevins

    While I would never vote for Trump, he would make a far better candidate than any other Republican I have heard mentioned as a potential candidate.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  166. Ethan

    Yes, I would vote for him.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  167. Jacob

    why not!?
    if Palin, Santorum and Huckabee all actually believe they are qualified to run, absolutely ANYBODY could make the same arguement! the race is officially open to ALL idiots!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  168. Jack B

    Not in your wildest dreams. Sarah Palin look good by comparison and don't get me started on how low an opinion I have of Sarah Palin.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  169. Tom

    Trump for President? Not on a bet! He is a crook, and we don't usually elect crooks to be President.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  170. Nikky

    Haa! No. Donald Trump is too much into himself to be a good public servant.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  171. Jay Hubelbank

    Absolutely NOT!

    America doesn't need another arrogant loudmouth, that's what got us into such trouble.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  172. Grady in Texas

    Cool. Instead of "the buck stops here," it'll be "you're fired." And God knows there are lots of folks in our government who ought to be fired.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  173. Ray

    Here's a hint: NO. And there is a good reason. Trump while smart is not capable of calming the tensions. His whole existence is based on brutality to make the deal. We need compassionate compromise... This is more complicated than we care to realize.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  174. Josh

    Not much different than any politician already in power. For big business by big business.
    Josh

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  175. Joe

    Wouldn't it be nice to actually have a businessman in the White House? Regardless of party affiliation I would vote for him based on the fact that a successful businessman could put this country in the business of making money for all Americans. Im tired of allowing special interests using our resources to make a profit. Jobs are truly created through actual innovation and thinking out of the box which Mr Trump excells at. Doesnt anyone want an actual person in the White House and not career polititians which bend to lobbying bodies set forth from special interests? A military or business man always gets things done by cutting through red tape. He obviously cant be bribed or coersed. Wouldnt getting away from the usual do nothing polititians from a restictive two party system that handcuffs voters be a little refreshing? Most Americans are caught in the middle of two sides and our government doesnt seem to change as its designed: to benefit the citizenry. New ideas are needed!!! Bring it on! This country is walking in mud. Otherwise the only change in this country you'll see sonn is what is being begged for in the street by the average American.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  176. Dave C.

    My now deceased father-in-law seemed to be very wise when Rockefeller ran for president. He said that Rockefeller was too rich to be crooked. In other words, he couldn't be bought. I wonder if the same could be said of any of the wealthy running for office, with some exceptions. Some spend so much money being elected they have no choice but to be crooked to get their money back.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  177. Dan in Ohio

    I have listened to Mr Trumps views on critical issues and I think he is exactly what we need. However, I think he would become mired in the Washington sludge pit and would be hindered from accomplishing any more than the idiots we presently have there.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  178. Stephen from Florida

    No, I don't want another corporate blaggard to be president. We have more of a duty to stop the corporate take over of the US. Get someone who is a real,everyday person, and not someone who's only interest is allowing corporations more power and influence and giving the wealthy tax breaks. Corporations are not people, and money is not any form of speech.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  179. Margot

    Yes, I think he would make a good President. He would never tolerate the nonsense that is going on in Congress.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  180. Kenny

    This must be a joke. How many times has this clown declared bankruptcy? The last thing we need is a mediocrity like trump in the WH.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  181. Caryl

    Trump is just looking for someone to give him something to go away like everytime brefore-
    He is an oppotunist whiner who is a legend in the four walls of his buildings only!
    In all the WOW fund raising for charity- he and his apprentises have never gotten as close as "Undercover Boss"
    Turn the page Trump is yesterday's filler news

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  182. Kathie

    Mr Trump might be an egomaniac but he has a good head for business and opportunity for all. I am willing to hear what he has to say and then decide.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  183. frank dileo

    Whats the difference? When arnold won in california what changed there? nothing. Every washington outsider quickly becomes an insider once they are elected. Even if this were not the case how can he get all the other politicians to vote against the entreched special interests?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  184. beth

    aberdeen, Maryland
    omg he should so run maybe he could help get the country out of this crazy debt and build it back up some

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  185. Elaine, East Windsor, NJ

    I say yes, he's a man of action and used to getting things done.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  186. Norman Wise

    He has been broke and recovered, maybe he is the right choice to lead the country.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  187. Greg Mable

    Absolutely not!
    Can you imagine Donald Trump meeting with the leaders of the middle east at camp david? He's likely to yell at Netanyahu. "You're fired!"

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  188. Jeanie

    Why not? Bring him in as a financial adviser. We need it soooo bad.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  189. Justin from Waco, TX

    Donald Trump is in the business of grandiosity. Anything that he does is for the benefit of himself only. I wouldn't trust this man to care for my fish while on vacation.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  190. Hector Berlioz

    Donald Trump for President?

    Not only No, but HELL NO!

    But then again, if he ran as a Democrat, he could give a solid boost to any Republican Candidate, no matter who that Republican was.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  191. Earline

    Help no, he has more baggage then American airlines and just as many bailouts as the banks.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  192. Jan Booth

    Sarasota, FL
    Jack~ If Donald Trump became the president of the United States, I would DEFINITELY emigrate!!!! Jan Booth

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  193. Christopher

    Yes...but his integrity is in question. He must disclose if his hair is real or not! I want like many Americans want to see my president age naturally.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Carolyn Schlesinger

    No, Jack I would not like to see him run for president. He is terrific at business and that's a plus, but OMG he can't stop talking about himself. I can see this just turning off the rest of the world and we just got a little bit of self-respect back.

    Carolyn Joy

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  195. Cary

    Only if he runs as a Republican paired with Sarah Palin. Think of it as two birds and one stone. Actually maybe it'd be better to split them up since pairing them each with popular candidates would help the Democrats hold onto power a bit longer. For all those complaining about the Democrats all I can say is how short your memories are and how much more the Republicans can spend! Obama has a long way to go to equal Bush II.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  196. richard terry

    No. Donald Trump would be a disaster

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  197. Darin

    Seriously? Let me ask that again...seriously? What does a billionaire know about middle class America? President? Why so he can give the tax breaks back to the wealthy? Humm...get outta here!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  198. Steven-David, Los Angeles

    That would actually be very interesting, not to mention, entertaining. People would find it amusing and even encourage it in some cases, but when it comes down to the voting booth, Trump's candidacy would only help Obama secure more votes.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Steve Kemp from Sacramento, Ca.

    Sure, I like to see Trump run.
    I wouldn't vote for him, to be sure,
    but if he won I'd love the changes he'd make.

    Changing the name of the White House to
    "the Trump House", for instance.😉

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  200. MB Smith

    Funny you should mention that. That was just what I said to my husband after seeing Wolf's interview with The Donnald! I was very impressed with how much he gets it. Donnald for president – he's got my vote.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Chris G.

    Oh God, this would be a nightmare... Though it would be funny on the day of his inauguration if he were to go up to the podium and say to the previous president "you're fired!"🙂

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Anthony

    No...enough is enough...this isn't a game or a reality show...this is our country and its time for us to stand together and act like it. Trump should stay in his tower as far as I'm concerned.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    I would be afraid Trump would pick Perez Hilton as vice president I dont think it makes a difference who's president anymore there all just a bunch of liars that will sell you ocean front property in Arizona to win .

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  204. PA Pat

    Well Jack, his companies have filed for bankruptcy twice, that alone should qualify him given currently popular economic theory in Washington. And casinos are just like the government – the house always wins!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  205. Ky

    It is laughable to even think that Donald Trump could run a state not to talk of a country. Running a country is not in any way, shape or form, similar to Real Estate. In fact, it will be a waste of nomination for any party to present Donald Trump. Obama will eat Trump's breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Mark my words.
    Ky from PA.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  206. Ronny

    I have to take the opposite position of those that say Donald Trump would not make a great US President. I think that one of the biggest problems that we currently face is the under valued Renminbi & NAFTA. I think he has the guts to get this situation straightened out.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Steve D

    Think of it this way Jack. Everyone is always comparing the NYSE to a casino. If Trump ever became president we could rename it to TrumpSE run by whoever bails him out when he goes belly up.

    Steve D
    New Windsor, MD

    October 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Richard

    If it sounds like a duck, if it looks like a duck, it's probably the Donald - beats a politician anyday!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Doug

    Absolutely, almost every comment he makes about tough issues makes sense to me, and he would make a strong leader. However he would need to get the right wing extremists under control that prevents me voting Republican.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Maurice Picard, Chico, CA

    Donald Trump seems to have more common sense about many issues than anyone else I have seen on any TV channel. I would vote for him in a New York minute. It's clear to me that this nation has to turn around quickly before we turn into a third world country.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  211. John C

    Trump for Prez!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  212. kimberly

    jack all I can say is OH HELL NO!! just cause u can buy n sell property doesn't mean u can run our country. im so tired of people like him thinking they no better. stay in ur place donald

    October 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  213. Vulcan

    Sure, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. And I think Trump and Palin would make a great team leading our county to a better future(!)

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  214. ann

    Trump for President....only "the Donald" would think this a good idea. Might make for an interesting campaign though...how many times married??? how many ex girl friends?? and how many times filed for bankruptcy?? I doubt he would pass the litmus tests used by the right wing of the Republican party.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  215. Howard George

    I would love to see him look over at Obama in a debate and say you’re fired.

    HG, Byron GA.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  216. Laurie

    No, I don't think Donald Trump would make a good president.
    He is not even a good businessman.
    His businesses have repeatedly filed for bankruptcy.
    Who loses money when that happens? Not Mr. Trump. He is still getting a fat paycheck. Just the shareholders.

    You can't just bankrupt the US and say "oh well", like you can when you bankrupt a casino.
    Plus, he lacks compassion. Whoever is president needs to be compassionate to others in the US and abroad.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  217. Ron

    Well jack alot of people may not like donald trump because of his very candid way of speaking but i think he would be a great president because i have heard him speak about issues and i think that out of all the presidents weve had he would be the only one who actually gets it... he knows how to get the country on track and after this election when we vote all those clowns that have been in office out and get some new people in he might be able to turn this country around.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  218. Connie

    It would be America's dream if Trump ran and won the Presidency. At last ,big business would have its goal....... a.CEO of the USA. It is exactly what our country has been leaning toward for the past decade. Our democratic way, which has been failing, will relinquish itself to the bottom line. I guess it is going to happen anyway.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  219. Jeffrey

    Hi Jack. I'm a recently registered 18 year old voter and I'm a registered independent. I personally respect Trump for his success, but I feel like his connections to the business world is very similar to Bush's connections to the oil industry. Washington has enough special interests making decisions for our country, we don't need to vote one in for president. I will not vote for Donald Trump.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  220. Paul M

    He would be perfect......multi-tinted face, great hair, pompous arrogant and rude........rich, ruthless....what more could we ask for in our US President.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  221. Diane W.

    Absolutely would like to see Donald Trump run for president! He would run this country like a business and get us out of trouble. I don't think he will thouhg, the job doesn't pay enough for him!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  222. Luke

    Heck no. I'm sure the Donald is a nice man; but he is self-serving and we have enough of those guys already. But speaking of self-serving, what really ticks me off is politicians who are will to turn the backs on their ideals and their President just to get re-elected. Frankly, these insincere people don't deserve re-election. What the heck has happened to ethics and thruth telling?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  223. Elaine, East Windsor, NJ

    I say yes, he is a man of action and used to getting things done.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  224. Dennis2547

    Jack, I would vote for you for President of the United States before I would even contemplate remotely thinking on my death bed of voting the Showman of all Showman, Donald Trump for any politic office above dog catcher. You have to be kidding me. Just what we need these days a showman who's only interest is making a fast buck. Mr. Clinton had an affair? Trump and his women would make even the French raise an eyebrow in laughter.
    A retired US Army veteran

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  225. Gary

    I think The Donald has Business experience to clean up the crooked corporate disasters. Also posseses the Real Estate knowledge to tackle the collapse of this market.
    Unemployment won't be a problem, with everyone becoming his Apprentice.
    Most impotant of all :
    He can walk into the House/Senate and tell them all "You're FIRED"!!

    Gary
    Vancouver, WA

    Clean house in 2012

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  226. Ken

    I don’t think The Donald has what it takes to do what’s needed for our ailing country. Obama isn’t doing it but I'm not sure anyone can at this point. Obama needs to step up to the plate and make the decisions necessary to bring the economy around although those decisions are going to be extremely unpopular. But I don’t think Mr. Trump will want to make those decisions either even if he knew what they were.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  227. Matt & Greg & Kids

    I'd vote for him. I'm all for anyone who is not a career politician who might bring fresh ideas to the table.

    Politician is not a profession, it's a personality disorder.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  228. Judie Wm's -- El Lago TX

    Oh, why not........nearly everything else in this country is on a slippery a slippery slope.

    How must we appear oversees ? Actually I do not care to know.

    We started unraveling in the 60's, and for a while I believed things would change.........well they did, and here we are!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  229. Jose

    Certainly! I voted for the Dems hoping to see actual social changes implemented, I am incredibly disappointed to see no changes and a coward President reduced to nothing by a mob of crazy fringe groups that will stop at nothing to see this Nation destroyed. We need a candidate capable of talking and walking the walk.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  230. Sam

    He might make a good President. He wouldn't care about the social issues but I question his foreign policy experience. None.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  231. Carol Smerling

    Trump for President? What does this say about our country? Wealth and greed are pre-requisites for qualifications? As if the very possibility of Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell under consideration for leadership roles isn't sufficiently ludicrous...God bless and help and United States of America.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  232. Omar Chavez

    We want our jobs back, not get fired.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  233. Don

    No I don't believe I would, not that I like or dislike the man but the way the media looks for all the dirt they can find on a person I just don't believe a colorful individual like Trump could stand the scrutiny.
    I believe the people of this country need to stay focused on the on the country and where its headed not on the Trump side show that I'm sure would happen if he ran.

    Don in Idaho

    October 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  234. Cathy Supple

    I'm amazed how people have such strong opinions about who should run the US government, when none of them has any experience working or even studying how government works. Why is this a concern? Because people snowball wacky ideas based on lack of knowledge and then someone in media repeats it as if it's reasonable. Donald Trump??? You've got to be kidding, but then I though that Palin woman was pretty shallow and naive and look how much attention she gets. We're doomed if we keep condemning "politicians" when they are the ones who have spent their lives listening to experts and putting together the deals that make government work on a national level.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  235. Sundari

    One clown too many.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  236. Ken in NC

    One DONALD would TRUMP a full house of Palins. I would vote for him early and often on election day.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  237. daran

    Hell yes! It'd be a nice change of pace to see some financial experience in the White House. He's got a common sence head on his shoulders, he would put a great team of advisors together. He could handle it.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  238. Don Bee

    He will never run, period.

    Becoming president requires he put all of his assets into a blind trust and he wouldn't be able to check on its status.

    He will never do it.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  239. Illinois

    Well, he has a great history of bankruptcy, leaving someone else holding the bag when his business ventures fail. Doesn't sound like the person to solve our problems ....

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  240. GOP is Good Old Prejudice

    I'd vote for him. We need non-career politicians to step up to the plate with some fresh ideas.

    Politician is NOT a profession, it's a personality disorder.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  241. Jerry Driskell

    Only if he could outrun Forrest Gump.
    JerryinGA

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  242. phyllis patyk

    This is a joke, right? If Trump is the best this country has to offer, we should all run for the hills. Imagine the white house with Trumps name across the front in gold.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  243. Sarah

    I wouldn't mind if he *ran* and offered voters a new choice, but I wouldn't vote for him.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  244. Robert Odle

    No, Donald Trump should not run for president. The corpocracy is already gaining too much power over our lives. We don't need a corporate CEO giving them even more power. Let us not forget his past corporate bankruptcies either. He could do that to the U. S. government.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  245. Adam

    Didn't his casinos go bankrupt?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  246. Ryan, Birmingham, AL

    Given our country's recent spending spree, the thought of a savvy CEO in the White House sounds pretty attractive. And, for better or worse, the American electorate has, for the two decades or so, demonstrated that it will vote for the candidate with the most attractive – at the time. "I want a President that I can have a beer" propelled Bush into office in 2000, and "I want someone to keep me safe," kept him there in 2004. "Hope and Change" brought voters to the polls for Obama two years ago, and "Congress, You're Fired," could well do it in 2008. The unfortunate reality is, though, that Trump's business sense and relative celebrity are wholly driven by self interest. From what I can tell, he hasn't a public servant bone in his body. Such leadership could be wildly dangerous.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  247. Pat, Ithaca Ny

    Yes , I'd like Trump to run. He could pay for his own campaign. I hope that he is not paid for his tv apprentice show. He was on Larry King and had great concepts abour what this country needs.

    ps
    I'm a Hillary supporter with a college degree and I'm paying attention to politics because we are going down the drain in the U.S.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  248. Jeramy McKinney

    If Mr.Trump runs for president as a Republican, he has my vote. The country would fare much better under Mr. Trump than it has under the direction President Obama. He has taken this country in a terrible direction with lack of knowledge of basic Economics and his tripling of our national debt and his socialist health plan.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  249. Sheldon Smerling

    Is this the best we can come up with? Whatever happened to statemanship and real qualifications?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  250. Ann Bornstein

    I'd rather have a root canal.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  251. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    absolutely! Let him start a new party, the Capitalist's taking the uber wealthy from the Republicans but leaving them with the religious right and the politely named social conservatives.
    Then perhaps the Democrats can save some essentials like our educational system and our commitment to research and development.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  252. Chris Peck

    Why not? Wyclef put his name in the running for president of Haiti and Arnold is still hanging out in California. Who's next, Lady Gaga running for the secretary of national fashion?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  253. Russell Barbro

    Absolutely, I listned to the broadcast and everything that Donald Trump said made perfect sense to me. What we need right now is a strong leader one not so concerned about the Global economy and more concerned about our own. Raising tariffs on imports is the fastest way to create jobs here in America and possibly creating new industries as well. Don't believe it read your history on Abraham Lincoln's presidency when he raised taxes on steel imports from England.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  254. D. Cooper

    Yes, I certainly would like to see him run for President. I saw his interview with Wolf, and he knew all the right answers to Wolf's questions. He, himself got out of a number of considerable financial messes, and with his friendships with influential business people throughout the world, I'm sure he would figure a way out of the current m
    ess we are in right now.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  255. James Petway

    I would rather see Donald Trump run for dog catcher and fail. He is more likely to run the position of GOD. I am in Hopewell, Virginia

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  256. Rebecca Peirce Morton

    NO WAY do I want Mr Trump for Pres.- I respect Mr. Trump as a man with good business sense;
    but this does not mean he is Presidential material. I heard his initerview and agree that Iraq.. This is a long way from saying we must remove oursleves from Iraq-which I believe we should; but the current Pres. Elect is doing all we can as the last administration has the USA knee deep in Wars and had us making promises as a country that leave Obama surrounded by corruption when he wants to seek a way out of the mess the Republicans have gotton us into. If you want trouble, you will vote unwisely for one of the tea party members who include dangerous fringe elements of the Right Wing and do not have experience in running a country in our trouble. If not for this current Pres; as hard as it has been or him to make an ethical move without being slandered by members of the far right, and many who tend to be militant; If not for Obama we would not be in recession but deep depression!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  257. Jay

    No, I would not like to see Trump as president. In a recent interview with CNN he basically measured our countries greatness by its GNP. My question to him is: If our country had legalized slavery and thus had the highest GNP in the world, would it be the greatest country? Is GNP really what makes a country great? Trump is an international business man; his fate is not entirely tied to the success or failure of the United States. That is not someone you want as president.

    Jay

    Madison WI

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  258. pam stewart

    yes! I listened to the interview, and he was right on! I agreeded with everything he said. He has done a pretty good job with his businesses. He has backbone, and is not afraid to do and say what he thinks. I think other Countries would know not to fool with him, and he would get respect back for our country. He has my vote.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  259. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Yes, Donald Trump would force both sides to move to the center which is exactly what I think that the country needs right now and he would do a good job in my opinion if he were to win the election.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  260. Bob

    If Trump means what he has been saying about trade and OPEC, I would definitely vote for him

    October 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  261. Chuck

    Jack,

    Just what this country needs for another 4 years, another APPRENTICE!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  262. Gabe

    Considering all the other loonies in the political arena, and considering how at least to the layman he seems to make sense (from that recent CNN interview), I don't know if I'd support him but I'd definitely give him a chance. I would like to know more about him and his stances. I would invite him to an interview.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  263. Gary Haynes

    I would love t see the Don run for President. He is right on with his opinions. The world is watching and many (like the Chinese) are probably having a good laugh and how stupid we are. If somebody doesn't do something soon the USA won't be a great nation for much longer. The Don would be great. We're in a economic upheaval. The company is going down the tubes. Does anyone know anyone else that could do a better job than Mr. Trump at getting the company back to being profitable?

    It just amazes me how congress/politicians just sway in opposing directions. Whatever it takes to win the masses. There's no will to make things better for the people. Just power drunk drinking buddies thinking about their own well being. It's not for the people by the people anymore! It's a joke! Really! Get the Don in the house and get the country working again. I am certain there are a few he would love to say... "You're Fired" to.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  264. Ryan, Birmingham, AL

    CORRECTED:
    Given our country's recent spending spree, the thought of a savvy CEO in the White House sounds pretty attractive. And, for better or worse, the American electorate has, for the past two decades or so, demonstrated that it will vote for the candidate with the most attractive message – at the time. "I want a President that I can have a beer" propelled Bush into office in 2000, and "I want someone to keep me safe," kept him there in 2004. "Hope and Change" brought voters to the polls for Obama two years ago, and "Congress, You're Fired," could well do it for Trump in 2008. The unfortunate reality is, though, that Trump's business sense and relative celebrity are wholly driven by self interest. From what I can tell, he hasn't a public servant bone in his body. Such leadership could be wildly dangerous.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  265. Sergio Diaz

    Not a bad idea at all! He sure knows how to manage business and for sure won't take crap from anyone!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  266. RonC in DC

    Well, he prove far more interesting than anything we've seen put forward by either party to date. At least we'd have a leader that's been out in the real world and succeeded at something more than being a politician...

    October 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  267. Brian (From Chicago)

    Jack, I am tired of millionaires & billionaires thinking because they know how to make millions or billions for themselves, they know what's good for the rest of us. They can easily pour hundred's of thousands of dollars of their own money into their campaigns to overwhelme the average Joe candidate. Also, just because some of these billionaires are employers, doesn't mean they know how to create jobs for the rest of the country. I don't think Donald Trump can solve America's problems because he's rich.

    Unfortunately, it seems like people will vote for anything or anybody that's not 'incumbant'.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  268. Jupiterose

    No. I'm not impressed.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  269. hl butch / orlando

    On your previous interview with trump, he sure seemed to have all the right answers. Especially the import taxes with china and the oil cartels. If he carries through with his answers, I would vote for him

    October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  270. Gail from Louisiana

    I am a huge fan of Donald Trump, but I doubt if anyone want to see him giving a "State of the Union Address" and turn it in to talking all about himself. Let's face it, Trump is too stuck on his self to be taken serious in politics. Just ask Rosie O'Donnell and others who have mocked his style.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  271. Vegas Baby

    TRUMP Hotel in Vegas rocks. Cheap, clean, huge whirlpool tub and kitchen, center strip location and walking distance to the mall and various strip clubs. This man is pure genius.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  272. Henri D. Kahn

    Donald Trump is an egocentric super real estate wheeler dealer who revels in publicity and enjoys one on one personality trash talking.
    Our country is already the laughing stock of many formerly friendly countries.
    Trump would only add to the laughter!
    No!...... To Trump running for President of the USA.
    Laredo, Texas

    October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  273. Melissa C. Memphis,Tn

    No...no...no...I couldn't stand the drama that would stem from it. A reality show him running for office enough already!!!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  274. Chedar

    Cafferty: Don't you have to say than to get this clown Trump be a president of the US. You must be kidding. The country is broke and when Trump become our president, he will immediately file bunkruptcy Chapter 11 to China.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  275. Floridian

    Absolutely a good idea – running the USA is a business – he is a very.good.businessman despite having a few property problems in his past. He is very interested in getting people jobs too. And he raised a couple of great children who do not act like they are into entitlement. I truly like his children.

    Go Donald Go.....Run for pres in 2012!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  276. Patrick in Michigan

    HELL NO, I'd sooner see Donald Duck. Donald Trump has only one qualification and that's his money. He was sure smooth handling the Rosie O'Donnell fiasco. This sounds like a conspiracy to help Sarah Palin get the nomination. I would love to watch those two debate though. We had a fool in the White House already that acted on his gut feelings, remember him? We might recover from the damage he did one of these days but not if every four years we replace "Hail to the Chief" with "Bring in the Clowns"

    October 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  277. will baird

    Why not ? He has the business savvy we so desperately need to put "made in the USA" back on the map. He would have my vote !!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  278. Raktar Doboz

    This pompous, self centered, ridiculous clown should just stay with the Miss America Pageant – and his business of of self-promotion – in which he is very successful.
    Someone who is degrading himself with a feud on television with people like (I forgot her name!) would not qualify for that prestigious job.
    Who's idea was that anyway???
    Raktar

    October 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  279. Jonathan

    There is this myth that a business person knows more about
    economic matters than a seasoned politician. Running a government is nothing like running a business and the policies to be followed are not always the sole decision of a president but follow a slow, painful adjustment to political realities and often with unwanted concessions to adversaries.
    So, it is not Trump's financial acumen that would make him a good president but his qualities as a thoughtful and knowledgeable leader.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  280. Laura in Florida

    No. Don't we have enough billionaires running our gov't in the background? We don't need another one in the White House. They have a completely different life. They have no clue what middle America is all about.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  281. MC

    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't that fool file for bankruptcy in the 90's? Just what we need – his economic policies

    October 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  282. Robert Beckerich

    Some folks must have a short memory. How many times has he filed chapter 11? The country is already bankrupt.

    No way I would vote for him

    October 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  283. Ed

    I, for one, think a narcissistic billionaire is exactly what the American middle class needs to but the final nail in our coffin.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  284. lynnej in nc

    Uh, no. The last thing we need is yet another business type fox guarding what is left of the hen house. I'd vote for the homeless person on the street first. At least we'd get some honestly...finally.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  285. Jesse B

    Here's a guy who has seen his own value go down the tubes only to recover once again stronger than ever, so I'd at least support the idea

    October 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  286. Tim P

    I cant even believe that is a real question. He might make a good leader in the Congo or Italy but not here in the US.He is rich because he knows how to get other peoples money. Not mine...Not mine

    October 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  287. Rebecca P Morton

    Gee I did not mean for that to go though.. I do not want to see Mr. Trump as President.. Being wealthy and good at making money for himself and his organization, does not mean he is presidential material, it means people are not bothering to think things through.. If not for all the slanted and far right wing lies spreading like wildfire on the net amongst other places regarding our President elect he would have been able to do much more, but he finds himself as an ethical man in an unethical corrupt atmosphere and left with leftover promises and 2 wars; no one seems thankful for anything. I believe we never should have gone into Iraq, and the Bush roadmap to Peace was a roadmap to Hell. But, how much can he change things now with being stopped at every turn and with the nutty far right wingers coming up with nothing but slander using whatever venue they can! We would be in a deep depression , not a recession if not for the efforts of Obama. I say, stick with Obama and let him do His Job..pray for the efforts of the deluded to be thwarted...Becky from Mass

    October 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  288. Marilee from Littleton, CO

    Heaven’s no! Government acts in the common good. Profit is the goal of business. American business has hurt this country by looking only toward the short term, mismanaging their and the public’s assets and asking for more and more government handouts and tax credits, putting more burdens on the middle class. I can imagine Mr. Trump shouting, “You’re Fired”, to a hungry child needing a home and healthcare.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  289. KingDave2

    You can't be serious. If O'Donnell and Angle, the theocratic candidates have made it this far to the amazment of thoughtful people everywhere. Why should anyone believe Mr. Trump would no be any different? What standards are you asking me to believe have been put in place? Perhaps he is not as credulous as O'Donnell, but that should be looked at as a positive.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  290. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    Interesting thought, but I'd rarther see Alan Mullaly run for US president. There is an example of someone who took on a challenge, developed s traightforward plan and executed.

    Not going to happen, though. Why should he take a pay cut, a huge increase in headaches and a bunch of backtalk from politically motivated special interest groups.

    Perhaps the question is, why can't the federal gov't be run like a well managed business and why can't we attract and elect the usccessful business types ?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  291. Dennis

    Why not? It makes as much sense as hiring Eliot Spitzer.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  292. John Galt

    Why not? He can bail us out with his tried and true ways, which would be to have the USA pay out huge sums to the individuals ruining, I mean, running the country and then have the USA declare bankruptcy. He's about as sleezy and underhanded as you can get – he's got the money the prove it. Ann Bornstein – I'd rather give myself a root canal, so I'm there with you. If this excuse for a person were to run, I'd start stocking up on canned goods and ammo.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  293. Chris

    Trumps United States of America? it kind of has a ring to it. Maybe he can restructure our 9 trillion in debt, and we could all have a fresh start.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  294. joe

    i love when people say that money is the root of all evil, you're not very smart, "the love of money is the root of all evil" is the correct quote, now that half the people on here can distinguish that, lets talk about trump.

    would television hurt trump?
    it sure didnt hurt ronald reagan.

    would having so much money and a glamorous lifestyle hurt trump?
    it didn't hurt obama, kennedy, or really ninety percent of the presidents we've ever had.

    would trump be bad for this country?
    trump would be no worse for this country than the people that think it's the presidents job to protect the "little people". to many people rely on the president for to much, they expect them to stay out of the way when things are going well and swoop in when things aren't.

    heres an idea cnn, how about you stop trying to pick the worst possible gop candidates because everytime you point one out it hurts your credibility.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  295. JC Aguiar

    First we have BUSH now we have OBAMA and next Donald Trump we better sell the country to the china.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  296. ishubeta

    This self proclaimed bankrupt billionaire and Plain would be a great pair for GOP for another round of mockery to the nation.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  297. dave g

    Don't we have enough clowns in Washington as it is?

    October 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  298. Bob

    Trump for President..... Lets not be ridiculous!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  299. William Bergmann

    This is some kind of perverse joke or Trump's promotional hacks are working overtime to attract any attention they can dig up.
    He should first learn how to run a business, then run for dogcatcher to see if anyone likes him. John Stewart and Stephen Colbert should have fun with this. It's so easy these days for them.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  300. IMHO

    If he ran and won, it would be fun to see him, on coast-to-coast, prime time TV, telling his various cabinet members and appointed department heads, who've not been performing to the "D's" expectations, "Your're fired!. it would be the ultimate reality TV show.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  301. Mari, Utah

    NO........NO............No. This man is despicable in my eyes. So NO, Jack, NO!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |