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How important is Donald Trump's endorsement?
December 6th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

How important is Donald Trump's endorsement?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Donald Trump fancies his endorsement a hot commodity in the Republican race... and several of the candidates apparently agree.

Many of the GOP hopefuls have been making the pilgrimage to Trump Tower here in New York the past few months to meet with the real estate mogul and reality TV star. Just yesterday, front-runner Newt Gingrich became the latest to visit Trump.

In his book, Donald Trump writes that the candidates come to see him "because millions of people listen to what I say and know I 'get it.'" He adds that it wouldn't surprise him if he's the "single most important endorsement a presidential candidate" can get. And just to be clear, Trump says he's not bragging, rather quote "I just tell it like it is."

He says he'll most likely endorse someone - but hasn't said when. Trump flirted with his own GOP run earlier this year... and still isn't ruling out an Independent run.

But not everyone in the Republican race is after a Donald Trump endorsement.

Jon Huntsman probably had the best line of the week - saying he refuses to kiss Trump's ring... or any other part of his anatomy. Huntsman says this is what's wrong with politics, "show business over substance." He adds that if Trump had any courage, he'd still be running for president instead of manipulating the process from the outside. Huntsman recently said he would not attend the GOP debate Trump is moderating.

Ron Paul has turned down that debate as well, saying it would have a "circus-like" atmosphere.

Paul also took a swipe at front-runner Newt Gingrich after yesterday's meeting with Trump. Paul says Gingrich and Trump would have a "wonderful time" shopping together in New York - picking out gifts for their wives. He suggests Tiffany's. I love Ron Paul.

Here's my question to you: How important is Donald Trump's endorsement?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paul:
In a just world, the endorsement of a much-married, money-grubbing egomaniac should be worth nothing. However, in a country where money not only talks but frequently swears, it may help win the stupid vote.

Doug in Massachusetts:
I think Trump’s endorsement might be good for a New York councilman, in one of the more expensive New York neighborhood precincts, but nothing above that. I like his orange hairpiece though, and he is prettier than Madonna.

Cy in Virginia:
I guess if you're running for Mayor of the Jersey Shore, it could be "HUUUUGE". If you're running for president of Hair Club for Men, it could be "HUUUUUGE". If you're running for president of the U.S.? Fuhgeddaboutit.

Fred:
For those who pander to the American public, having the endorsement of the greatest modern day panderer may be important. For any thoughtful American, it is a source of amusement/despair.

James in Las Vegas:
Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul have answered this question very well. Trump is a self-promoting B.S. artist that has made his money at the expense of his investors in many cases. His endorsement of a Republican candidate should be considered a negative, unless you like the Gong Show.

Alan on Facebook:
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being highest importance, I'd have to say minus 5.

Carol:
Trump's endorsement is more Zale's than Tiffany. Nouveau cheap.

Mike in Florida:
To the top Republican contender, a lot. To the rest of America, it's a big joke.

S. in Florida:
Very important if you need a room comped at his casino. In the election, not as much.

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  1. Larry -Denver

    I wish the media were not so afraid of Trump and call him as he really is a PT Barnum like promoter. Why keep putting him in the spotlight? He lies about the money he has, lies about is schoolng and experience and has no politicial background. Why is he put on a pedastal? He has a book, new adverntures on his Apprentice show, and his ego needs more attention. Its a disgrace that a debate will be moderated by someone who has already told the field that noone is as qualified as he is.
    Its a circus. Try another subject Jack.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Rich in Gainesville FL

    When you're online you often hear: "Don't feed the trolls." Just the mere mention of that man's name feeds his massive ego. Please, Jack, resist the temptation. That particular troll is dead to me.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Pete in Georgia

    I don't know Jack, I'd bet there's alot of hair spray used in this world.
    I'll say it's pretty important.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  4. s in fl

    Very important if you need a room comped at his casino. In the election, not as much.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jayne in NH

    Mr. Trump's endorsement is only important to one person: Mr. Trump. He's a legend in his own mind.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: If I was saling Manhattan Real Estate then his endorsement might mean a great deal. Trump is a reality personality and his endorsement is as good as getting the endorsement of last years Amazing Race winner. Who ever it was last year. Ron Paul and Huntsman do not believe Trump's a person of importance. When Trump gives his endorsement you have to ask what is he selling, the person or Trunp.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  7. edsopafan

    This is Old Machine Politics at work. As Ron Paul has described someone has crowned Trump as the Almighty of the Republican Party. Cowering and kissing his feet – Is this the sign of a LEADER????? Let's see he has used the tax and economic and legal system better than anyone else with his businesses and the designed Bankruptcy. Oh this makes him a success to the Republicans!!! Well to the logical and Normal Americans this is an action to demonstrate YOU ARE NOT PRESIDENTAL MATERIAL!! So we have only 2 (Paul and Huntsman) without BIG LIPS.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Al,, Lawrence KS

    I only listen to Oprah.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  9. Gene, Shelbina, MO

    I would only find trump's endorsement important if it were on a big fat check payable to me!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    For the clowns it must be pretty important seeing how they pay obeisance to THE DONALD when they get their fleeting moment at the top of the polls. For teh rest of us it means nothing or less than nothing. It may even be a negative.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Mike Serpent from Florida

    I suspect that Romney and Gingrich are both holding their noses as they kiss the ring of self-mythologizing reality TV star Trump. Despite having no more depth of understanding of domestic affairs or national security than former candidate Cain had, Trump is nevertheless brilliant at self promotion much like a carnival barker on steroids. And given the American public's preference for style over substance, Trump wields sufficient influence that he could help or hurt a GOP candidate. A sad state of affairs...

    December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  12. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    I guess if you are a typical Republican candidate, who can't convince people to vote for you based on your own merits, then the laying on of hands from the "King of the One Percenters" is probably a prerequisite. This must be making Limbaugh positively livid that no one wants his blessings anymore.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  13. Richard Texas

    Gosh Jack, i suppose he has a few fans that watch his show but other then those folks that is about it. I find if funny that a guy like Trump who has driven huge companies in to the ground financially and has filed bankruptcy more times then Carter has produced liver pills is then going to give others advise on the economy. Only in America can a man be such a failure and still have people believe in him and his opinions. He just might be presidential material after all.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  14. Russ in PA

    Perhaps Trump's endorsement is important for those that think they are the cat's meow. Or perhaps if they are looking for more money from the richer donors. But for the people with substance, like Ron Paul, such an endorsement is not worth the money it might be printed on.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    December 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  15. George Granger

    From Midland, Michigan... Wouldn't this endorsement be pretty much the same as getting one from Simon Cowell? Trump has never won anything... he has always bought it. Now he's buying people... but, please, not our leaders. They have already sold out enough.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The money that comes with it in bundled contributions from his family, friends and associates is of much more value than anything this nutjob adds as far as reputation, except among the birthers. In the unlikely event that anyone he would endorse would win, it could prove a Faustian bargain.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  17. Kevin in CA

    Oh good grief – next question Jack.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria VA

    I think it ranks right up there, Jack. Trump is strong leader who demands leadership among his associates. He has a clear set of values and vision for the US, including hot topics like China. That appeals to people, particularly those of us who have felt the country has been leaderless and visionless for the past few years

    December 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  19. Bill of New Mexico

    Trump's endorsement is quite important.

    For two years the Republicans were most pained about where Obama was born.

    It only took Trump two months to squeeze the answer out of Obama.

    Palin was the first to receive Trump's endorsement.

    Then Perry.

    The intelligent Newt is happy to have Trump's endorsement.

    That ungrateful Huntsman would not kiss Trump's ring.

    Trump's endorsement is at least as important as the pledges kept in Grover Norquist's safe.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  20. Ed from Harrisburg

    Trump's endorsement is as important as any celebrity, no more and no less. Given what America thinks of his baffoonary, perhaps maybe a little less. He is good at showmanship and real estate which makes doesn't make his endorsement meaningful in any significant way. It might even be the kiss of death for some candidates. I know I wouldn't want it.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Not at all.

    However his connections, in accessing funding for campaigns, is quite valuable.

    I also think there is value in his debate, in that his questions are going to be very different from the media.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Peg from NY

    An endorsement from Donald Trump means ziltch.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    His mother gave him the right name "DONALD" – his resemblance to the duck is amazing.
    Both were loud mouth, high tempered, flamboyant, not intelligent but successful and rich!
    Arrogance does have a place in 'our' society, unfortunately.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  24. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Polls show the Donald's endorsement is critical. If Newt gets it, Romney wins, and if Mitt gets it, Gingrich wins.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  25. Dan in Aluququerque

    His endorsement can actually hurt a candidate as indicated by recent polls. Trump is the nuttiest, most arrogant biffoon that ecver pretended to be a presidential candidate. What few followers he has are so extreme, they don't even count.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  26. Ken in Victoria BC

    Mr. Trump, as a TV personality has a large and faithful following. The GOP members are like sheep and will follow blindly.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  27. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't know what it is with these republican candidates that they feel they have to kiss the ring and other parts of Donald Trump. To me his endorsement doesn't mean a hill of beans. It seems that every time Trump has something to sell he finds away to have the attention drawn to him and any one that plays a long is either a fool or stupid. Ron Paul comes out looking good for standing up to this carnival barker and proves to me that he is the only one besides Huntsman that has any backbone.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    I can see it coming now, "The Celebrity Republican Apprentice Show" now playing at the White House.
    The Donald will hold court and millions of uninformed people watch and won't have a clue.
    I think I'll watch American Idol and see if they can vote for a new leader in the White house.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  29. Nobama

    Not very. Trump really has been trying to give himself the spotlight with the debate and the anticipated endorsement. That being said he is a powerful person and I hope he endorses Romney but since Gingrich is in the lead he'll probably endorse him.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Annie, Atlanta

    In a world, and a party, where Sarah Palin was legitimate and was able to remove the bar, allowing those who followed to strive to go as low as they could reach, and then some, every low life birther, hater, flame throwing, lying, cheating clown's endorsement is relevant and precious.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  31. mike halter

    To the the top Republican contender a lot. To the rest of America it's a big joke.

    Michael Largo FL.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  32. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    Sudden death for who ever gets it!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  33. Gordon NJ

    Come on, Jack, that's too easy. Everyone knows that Trump's endorsement ranks one notch above Sarah Palin, and one notch below Kim Kardashian.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Rick Florida

    If you are on Aprrentice it means everything. This isn't the Apprentice though, means about as much as if I went on national Television and endorsed someone. Who Cares!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  35. Kenneth in California

    I guess it is important to the candidate in the party of business, the Republican Party.
    They say the candidates are kissing Trumps ring. I guess that part of his posterior won’t give them a brown nose.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  36. Mike S., New Orleans

    Trump's endorsement is critically important. Because whoever he endorses will lose, having been crowned the lead circus clown by the ringmaster himself. The Trump debate makes it official: the GOP has jumped the shark.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Ed from Texas

    Stephen Sondheim said it best:

    "Don't you love farce?
    My fault, I fear.
    I thought that you'd want what I want...
    Sorry, my dear!
    And where are the clowns
    Send in the clowns
    Don't bother, they're here."

    December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  38. Frances

    Donald Trump's endorsement is about as important as his cats would be. But I think that is his cat he wears on his head.
    He will probably end up endorsing Newt "The Gringrich that stole Childhood"

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  39. James in Springfield, VA

    Not important whatsoever. Just like the man himself. He is a disgrace to this country just like the entire GOP.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  40. Moira Waugh

    I'd have thought it's counterproductive to be endorsed by someone who chooses to have a hairstyle like that; or perhaps The Donald is going for an iconic look like Elizabeth I or Herman Munster?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    If I had the grim task of advising one of the folks running for the GOP nomination I'd advise them to not go see The Donald, participate in HIS majesty's debate, nor want his endorsement. The poll numbers show that it will hurt a persons chances and they need all of the help they can get. If it quacks like and looks like a duck, it's a Donald the Duck, a cartoon.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  42. Doug Ericson

    I think his endorsement might be good for a NYC councilman, in one of the more expensive NYC neighborhood precints, but nothing above that. I like his orange hairpiece though, and he is prettier than Madonna. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  43. Bob in Kansas City

    Did any of the candidate have to show a birth certificate to get past building security?.....I think most middle of the road voters see Trump's endorsement for what it is....It's worth about what you paid for it!.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  44. Steve

    Oh, as about important as Dan Quayle's will be for Romney, or to be fair, Al Gore's for Howard Dean in 2004.

    IL

    December 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  45. Larry in Texas

    Jack – Let me ask You something before I answer your Question. Who Do You Think He's going to Endorse, when he's in front of the microphone along with Gingrich ??? ( sort of obvious, isn't it ) not to mention he hasn't said anything negative about Gingrich, but he's been Quoted as saying negative things about Just about all the others ? (other than Bachman) ( which I doubt she will get elected, because of her poll numbers)

    I agree with Huntsman & Ron Paul – as a Matter of fact, I have to respect them, and what they say about Trump. At least they've got guts, compared to the others.

    "the Donald" had his chance – But- he Just loves the spotlight, no denying that. My guess is that if the "right person" doesn't get the (republican) nomination "in his book" he may wait til May & run as an Independent. But I don't think he will get that far.

    Larry in Texas

    December 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Fred Conklin

    For those who pander to the American Public, having the endorsement of the greatest modern day panderer may be important. For any thoughtful American, it is a source of amusement/despair.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  47. pierreglenn

    Donald Trump has no affect own middle class voters...He has let his tv show go to his head. Mr. Trump stick to making money n cause yu can nt relate to middle class n stick to the rich friends.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  48. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Someone sure is full of themselves. It's time for Mr. Trump to back to doing what he does best. And that's buying, and selling, real estate.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Dave, Orlando, FL

    How important is the opinion of an egomaniac about his own self importance? Exactly. There are only two Republican candidates with any brains, grounding in reality and viable ideas. They are Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul and both are smart enough to ignore the hot air machine all the other idiots are chasing.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  50. Christian Jones

    In a general election, you accept his endorsement it's political suicide. In a Republican Primary, it gets the nomination. Go figure!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  51. Jk from Minnesota

    It's not – stop giving the male Palin replacement so much credit and coverage!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  52. Lori - PA

    Someone sure is full of themselves. It's time for Mr. Trump to go back to doing what he does best. And that's buying, and selling, real estate. Leave politics to those who are serious about it, and not just getting involved for the attention it brings.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  53. Jan K. in Asotin,Wa.

    It is only right that there be a ringmaster to this circus. Most Republicans must think it is important but the majority of people, I assume, think this is an embarassment. No wonder we are becoming a laughing stock.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  54. bud rupert

    There is a small segment of society that will put some value on Mr Trumps opinion. But in a broader context- it's irrelevent.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  55. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    In a just world the endorsement of a much-married, money-grubbing egomaniac should be worth nothing; however, in a country where money not only talks but frequently swears, it may help win the stupid vote.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  56. Cy Gardner

    I guess if you're running for Mayor of Jersey Shore it could be "HUUUUGE". If you're running for president of Hair Club for Men, it could be "HUUUUUGE". If you're running for president of the US? Fahgeddaboutit. cy from arlington, va

    December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  57. Paulette Bent

    Last night on another network I heard Trump say he will endorse after the Debate. They all want the publicity-including Trump. The candidates would also like a large financial contribution from Trump and any of his friends too.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  58. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Jack, I can only speak for me, but YOUR endorsement of a candidate would carry more weight than that of Trump's. I like his show The Apprentice, but when it comes to politics, Trump is a true Apprentice.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  59. Rex in Portland, OR

    The Donald's endorsement is very important, but in a negative way. Whoever gets it would soon throw in the towel then the Donald could endorse another, who would in turn throw in the towel. Pretty soon we'd be down to nobody but the Donald and life would be clear sailing.

    "Send in the clowns..."

    December 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  60. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Someone once said: "Its getting ugly out there" and the necessity of Trumps' approval proves this statement.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  61. phil, georgia

    Another hypocrisy, republicans criticized president Obama all during the past election about being a celebrity and that's all McCain, newt, and republicans try to cozy up to. Newts even had the Gawl to claim being a celebrity. Just imagine if Obama had said that, he would have been crucified. Trumpetp is an overglorified loser and it speaks to their charcter that they would cower up to a loser just because they think he has money.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  62. calaurore9

    Trump's endorsement is more Zale's than Tiffany. Nouveau cheap. Ron the Paul. Love him, too.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  63. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Donald Trump's endorsement is all about Donald Trump staying in the news. Trump knows how to manipulate money for personal gain. Hw has no credibility as a natiomal leader. If you think he's insufferable now, imagin what he'll be like when he assumes the title of King Maker if his endorsed candidate wins. If his choice takes a position The Donald doesn't like will we hear "You're fired!'?

    December 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  64. Getacluejack!!

    Just about as important as this segment of your show is.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  65. Bert from L.A.

    Jack, back when President Obama was going after Bin Laden, The Donald was doing stuff like firing actor Busey instead of rock singer Meat Loaf. Also, The Donald told the world “Today I am very proud of myself because I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” as he claimed responsibility for President Obama releasing his long form birth certificate. The Donald is self-important.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  66. Dennis in Florida

    In reality no one really cares about Donald Trump. He is all hype and only interested in self promotion.

    If my old man left me a few billion dollars, I would easily now have as much and most likely more money today than Trump.

    If the media would ignore Trump, he would blow off the radar rather quickly.

    If he actually ran for either party’s nomination, he would make Michelle Bachmann look like a serious candidate. Trump would be lucky to get 2% of the votes. The folks that watch him on TV probably can’t find the election booth.

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    December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  67. Conor in Chicago

    So they are going to be switching up the venue for next week’s episode of Republican Island? Maybe Huntsman will reconsider and finally get naked and prance around with an axe on stage so someone might notice him. Too bad Cain won't be able to moonwalk or something to keep his foray into method acting alive. I am, of course, eagerly awaiting news of another Perry malfunction. And though the crowd will no doubt love to watch Mitt and Newt try to out "jerk" each other I’m sure Santorum will take the cake as usual citing scripture to ignore scientific fact. It's regrettable that Ron Paul has chosen not to pay his requisite 10 minutes to reason and then divulge into lesson plans involving Gold Widgets and some Austrian dude from the 19th Century. Many have the gall to criticize Trump for moderating this debate. Don’t be silly folks. Given the candidates and their actions he should be RNC chairman.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Pete from Florida

    Judging from the polls and personal evidence, I would have to say that Trump's endorsement is important in a negative sense, rather than a postive one. A majority of Americans see Trump as an arrogant, obnoxious buffoon. In his case, money obviously does not beget wisdom or credibility. Newt hurts himself by sucking up to this clown.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  69. Sylvia from San Diego

    Thankfully, at the end of the day, most of us will make up our minds based on our research and not the opinions of others.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  70. Joe

    Donald Trump's endorsement is important? With who the Hair Club for Men voters?
    Omaha, NE

    December 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  71. Karl in Flint

    Trump fancies himself a legend in his own mind, to use an old cliche and his endorsement is very important to anyone with a brain in our head. If you think getting The Donald's blessing is important to your campaign, your are even more demented the he is. Jon Huntsman has it right. The further you stay away from Trump, the more credible you are. The debate will be fun, though, watching the candidates bowing and scraping, trying to out sub-serve on another.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  72. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's VERY important-in Donald Trump's bloated head only.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  73. Leisa in Alabama

    Don't bite the hand that feeds you as it may be attached to the butt you must kiss

    December 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  74. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's important to Democrats since Trump's endorsement makes people LESS likely to vote for the endorsee.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  75. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    A Trump endorsement is somewhere on the level of importance as an endorsement from Alvin the Chipmunk.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  76. Dale N.M.

    Psychologically it is very important

    December 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  77. Gigi Oregon

    None!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  78. John B.

    Trump is a joke. His endorsement is meaningless.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  79. Jomark Altamonte Springs, Fl

    As important as having someone with TB cough on you. jomark, Altamonte Springs, Fl

    December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  80. Jamie White, Tacoma WA

    It's very important. It immediately tells me who is too stupid to be President.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  81. Evan from MN

    Somehow I feel like somehow Trumps endorsement will turn into a plug for Trumps TV show.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  82. Fred

    If millions of Americans listen and heed Donald Trump, perhaps we need to build more treatment centers for the insane.

    Fred
    South Carolina

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  83. PiedType

    It's important in that it's something to avoid. The serious candidates will stay as far from Donald Trump as possible and eschew any endorsement from him.

    Susan
    Denver

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  84. Chris M.

    The only thing I would want Donald Trump to endorse is my comb over.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  85. Nikki/san diego

    Ony as important as "The Donald" think it is...........just remember "The Donald" is alsi "Delussional".

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  86. rick in california

    Not important at all. Just another rich guy protecting his 1% tax rate. He's about as important as any other attention hog like Sarah Palin was.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  87. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    Jack,

    It's not worth a wooden nickle The Donald is a peice of garbage

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  88. Kevin O.

    Donald Trump is a non-issue to me, therefore his support is of little importance.

    Keep in mind Donald objectifies women and evicts the elderly from homes they have paid for in order to build his own interests.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  89. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Jack, that is a most unheard of question. You forget that Trump is the spokesman for Corporate America, and to Republicans, he's Corporate America's Pope John Paul II...before any of them can continue their anti-Obama, anti-average man campaign, they first have to kiss the Corporate ring.....which sits on the finger of Donald Trump.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  90. Ken B.

    Trump's endorsement is very important. It will probably hurt its recipient enough to effectively end their campaign.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  91. Shamik Pandit

    Trump should consider endorsing a bad hair product. That might make its sale go down faster....This is is the the most unreal, reality show host...and he represents the 1%. He should get an ego surgery...

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Kathleen Peterson

    Nada, nope, newt, niena niena nixa niena. . .

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  93. CONNIE G., Chicago, IL

    About as important as any endorsement I would give. Donald Trump fancies himself as a "rain-maker". All of those Rebpublican Clowns who have trotted to Trump Tower obviously have no political confidence, including Newt, they can persuade the GOP they're the best man or woman for the nomination. It's pretty sad they're seeking political approval from someone who has neverbeen elected to anything. The Rebpulican Partty is truly in a very bad state.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  94. Preston

    I would say Trump's endorsement is not as important as Quayle's. And I would say Quayle's endorsement doesn't even rate a mention on the slowest of slow news days.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Margaret in Phoenix

    The endorsement would be a farce, as will his "debate." Why would any news organization cover it?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  96. Isaac

    I't won't help at all. Trump is a reality TV star and does everything for his own gain. Trump and the Kardashians are the same people. I't will hurt the republican party, you can't take them seriously.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  97. Zoe

    As important as the media circus that ensues – in other words, very.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  98. Albert

    Donald Endorsing Any Republican means One Old clown of Circus spit on other and says I support your Presidency to make white house in to Circus Tent.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  99. Will from south dakota

    Jack it is very important to me because I will be sure to not vote for anyone who has anything to do with that sleaze bag.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  100. Bil from Colorado Springs

    Jack Trump's endorsement is even more worthless than your endorsement.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  101. Anthony from Western Maryland

    Donald Trump is not a "World" mover nor shaker! He is an OPPORTUNIST trying to remain relevant when he is not! I think that you can get more relevance from having the Republican nominees vetted by "Kermit the Frog" than Mr. Comb-over! Paul and Huntsman are right to not to attend and if Donald wants to be taken serious then run! Oh I forgot he dropped out as he could not substantiate those bankruptcies!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  102. Will Ash, Las Cruces, NM

    Sure it's important, right up there with Sarah Palin. And like her's, it lets this Republican know who NOT to vote for come primary time. It's about time we had a candidate with an "Independent" mindset to represent America and not the Tea Party, and unfortunately, Huntsman isn't going to win.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Kevin - Veteran in Illinois

    If I want to select a product for my thinning hair, I will consider which product has Donald Trump's endorsement. If I want to elect a President, I will stand on my own wits and common sense. Who do these people think they are by issuing grand endorsements of people when NONE of them understand what normal Americans go thru everyday.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  104. Ellis Jayus Renton WA

    One word: NOT!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  105. Stan Richmond, Vermont

    It obviously is far more important to Himself than to the rest of us. To my mind, a Trump endorsement would be additional baggage for any Republican nominee. But then, I am not a Republican.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  106. J.K. HImelstein

    Donald Trump is a buffoon. He is all hat and no cattle. If he were a REAL Billionaire with the "yank" he claims to have, he wouldnt' need to be the Host of a TV Show. Trump is a joke.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  107. Ben H.

    It's not important at all, except for Trump himself. If anything it's negative for the candidates. To be honest, Trump's ego seems to be getting bigger everyday.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  108. Bo

    Add this to the Ridiculist. Donald Trump is just another self absorbed diva and I am not sure why Republicans are looking for the anti-Romney. They are looking for the multi-marriage guys with questionable morals. End the circus show already.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Jared S. from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    It's an issue of demographics. Trump is important to the business elite. The business elite spend billions on lobbyists. The lobbyists funnel billions into the political machine. Simple logic says that Trump's endorsement is important to the people who pay for politicians, but I'm sure there are a few reality show sycophants who would gladly kiss Trump's ring.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  110. Konnor T Crewe

    I would be disappointed if Donald Trump's endorsement actually counted for something because I think that the only reason anybody pays any attention to him is due to his big bank account. Other than his big wad of cash, the only thing he's got going for him is a monumental ego and a rude overbearing attitude. I believe he's bullied his way to where he is now. He may have some big business acumen, but he's let it go all to his head. What a big wig- literally. The biggest thing about him is his wig and his ego and his big wad of cash. He thinks he can persuade people like Oprah??? What a laugh!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  111. Danny from NH

    Donald Who? Please this is a waste of time. If Donald wanted to "Occupy the Election" he should have ran. Now Donald wants to "Occupy the Christmas Media". Sad little man he is.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  112. laura

    I have noticed that every candidate who goes to "consult" with The Donald winds up as road pizza. Only the ones who lack character need his support since his nutty character seems to fill their gap. The Newt had better watch out, a group picture will look like serial cheater anonomyous.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Stan Schurman

    Trump's endorsement is about as important as an endorsement from Stephen King's clown "Pennywise" in his horror novel "It". The only diffeence is that one of the two clowns was fictional and had a better hairdo..

    Stan Schurman
    Barrie, Ontario

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Renee Peoria,Ill

    The fact that anyone considers his endorsement important is a sad and disappointing reflection on the direction this country is taking. Trump is petty, greedy and relies on lies and sensationalism. His endorsement should be considered the best reason NOT to vote for a candidate.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  115. Kathy - Glendale, AZ

    que no significa nada - (in English - "IT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING")

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Nikki/san diego

    oops sorry......Only as important as "The Donald" think it is.... just remember "The Donald" is also Delusional!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  117. Jean Jones

    Donald Trump's endorsement is a negative to thinking people who see Trump for the narcissistic liar he is. Unfortunately, some people do not see through him, and they will likely be impressed by his endorsement. Who was it who said "You can't go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people"? P.T. Barnum, perhaps? I have more respect for those Republicans who will not participate in Trump's televised debate.

    Jean Jones, Bandera Texas

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  118. Jamie

    It's important for one critical mass, his ego, which is almost as overblown as that mass on top of his head.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  119. Kaspar Ares

    TRUMP IS A JOKE who made his money by manipulating the system. Trump is known for throwing resources at a new company which attracts investors, and then he removes his money, runs up massive debt and files bankruptcy. He has bilked taxpayers and investors out of billions.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  120. Conner Ingram

    Donald Trump should be an anathema to my party. Seeing this steady march to his office is near nauseating to this admitted establishment Republican. A Trump endorsement should be about as welcome as the plague.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  121. Garry in Williamsburg VA

    Very, It will mean the kiss of death to whoever receives it.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  122. carol

    His endorsement may not be important, but his money is. I am sure if he likes one of the candidates, he will generously donate to their campaign

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  123. Ralph Nelson

    Let's be honest about him. He just isn't all that smart (from someone with eight years of college business). He tries to sell baloney as it it were ham. I wouldn't want his endorsement. Who was it who ruined the United States Football League? What was smart about that? It was a winning product on TV and with most fans. What was Trumps GMAT score? Graduate Management Admissions Test score)

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  124. Robert

    Trump is hoping the media will give him as much free publicity as they did for Oprah when she endorsed Obama. Btw, an endorsement from a TV celeb helped Obama become president. Now all that Mitt or Newt need is a poster that captivates today's youth!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  125. Michael from Durham, NC

    It's very important, Jack. How else are we going to know who we shouldn't vote for?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  126. Jim P. Las Vegas

    Common Jack,
    Why do you this to me! Is it to raise my blood pressure? Kick and destroy my TV? Have a brain anurisum from frustration? or to just drive me insaine wondering why you even give that blow horn self abosorbing TV Idiot more camera time. Anyone who give a darn should be FIRED!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  127. Martha in North Carolina

    I wouldn't follow Trumps recommendation for president any more than I would follow his recommendation for a barber. This guy is a clown with a bloated ego.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  128. Marilyn, Powell OH

    Oh, Jack, of course Trump's presidential endorsement is important........to Donald Trump.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  129. Julie

    Take away Trump's money and that horrifying hair, and he would be a bum on thie street. I might throw him a few coins.
    I have found rich people need all the money just for some to put up with them.. Some never have enough.

    Endorsment of Trump is like a kick from a mul;e, hurts quick with non lasting effect.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  130. Mike O'Keefe from Portsmouth NH

    Mr. Trump’s endorsement is as valuable as mine. We both only have one vote and no one listens to either one of us.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  131. Tony from Lake Balboa, CA

    Donald who? Duck?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  132. Jamaal

    Donald Trump is kinda like Kim Kardashian or Charlie Sheen. We'll watch, but only to see the implosion. It is virtually impossible to take Trump seriously about anything, and his endorsement would poison the credibility of the candidate. But hey, it makes for good TV. Turning down Trump alone earns Paul and Huntsman my respect.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  133. Heather from Tucson, AZ

    I'm a conservative republican and Trump's endorsement doesn't matter a whit to me. However, it does not bother me that a candidate chooses to attend this debate. Any chance to hear their views & ideas is a good thing, IMO.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  134. Steve from South Florida

    It's almost as if the Republicans are trying to get Obama relected.

    We're all so happy when the circus comes to town!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  135. john

    It is not important at all, just because he is rich doesn't mean his endorsement make any diffrence i rather want that lady, what is her name Jack? ya sarha palin to endorse somebody.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  136. Allan, Wilbur, WA

    My question would be, why do celebrity opinions matter at all? The only endorsement that actually matters is the endorsement of the American people. After all, it is our votes, not Trumps money, that will get them elected.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  137. Melody

    Jack-
    I wish all the candidates had the intelligence to say no, to Donald Trump.
    The two who have been enough, Hunstman and Ron Paul would make a good president and vice president. They are proving they can't be bought.
    Donald Trump should go focus on hairspray companies he can own, and then he can become a QVC star. I turn the channel whenever I see Trump. He is so full of himself his head no longer fits on my tv screen.
    Let's get back to basics. Leave the Barnum and Bailey out of this. Trump has probably already rented a large circus tent for the debate, or perhaps Circus Circus in Vegas?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  138. Bob Hazelwood, Hudson Fl

    His endorsement would only be important on a blank check!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  139. Mike in Aurora IL

    I just read that even thogh Gingrich and Trump met at Trump towers they were forced to be in separate locations because they could not get both ego's to fit in one room. Reports are they met to give each other marriage advice.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  140. DANIEL CURZON

    iIf I was a candydate for President of these old United States of America, I sure would want Donny Trump's endorsement.
    After all, he cares deeply about the liddle people like me and never says anything but what is wise and sensible. I knows this because I has an IQ of 65!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  141. Steve Turner

    Having the endorsement of Trump, who is the barker for the super elite's circus which has been shaking us down for many years, may be important if you want to get campaign money from the super rich and the financial institutions and major corporations that have been the beneficiaries of the policies and practices of the federal government. It could, on the contrary, strike the death knell for those patsies that have sucked up to him since people are awakening. The gig is up. The circus is about to close. The people don't have any money left to get in.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  142. jim williams

    it's important to only those that cannot recognize an egotistical shithead when they see one

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  143. Dan Skean

    From Kalamazoo Mi,

    It's unfortunate for Intelligent Americans that Trump's endorsement will bring with it millions in advertising and considerable support from many who vote like they would a popularity contest.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  144. Samir Pahwa

    If Trump was a duck his endorsement may be meaningful to children on saturday mornings. To any one over the ages of six, maybe seven, Trump is just a cartoon.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  145. James Lenon @chuckey TN

    Trump's endorsement is useful. It tells me which politicians are most likely to be for sale. Beyond that, Jack, please ask your colleagues in the media to cease the elevation of trump from a petty, vain, balding, aging man whom no women and very few men like into a no-named petty, vain, balding, aging celebrity who wants the world to believe his name is unique and special. it's not, he's not, and never will be.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  146. Roya

    Getting Trumps endorsement is like getting the nod from Simon Cowell at American Idol. Most people hate him but respect his opinion. Business world respects The Donald, but the common man does not get him. His endorsement is going to get the business worlds attention and means money for the candidate that gets it.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  147. Debbie

    These GOP presidential hopefuls are only going to see Trump so they can increase their "celebrity". This way their name will make them more money when they lose the primary. And who in their right mind wants to be associated with Trump? He's an egomaniacal buffoon! People think he's such a great businessman? He filed bankruptcy at least twice! And we need more than a businessman in the white house. The US Government should not be run like a business. Businesses are about making money, the government should be about helping people.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  148. Mike B from Houston

    Mr Trump's endorsement of Sarah Palin to be his running mate as VP will really shake up the 2012 election. You betcha

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  149. Dee Tampa, Fla

    Trumps endorsement is as important as a Kardashians endorsement.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  150. James

    Endorsements generally do not mean anything in any type of election. For this egotistical, over exposed, blowhard Trump to believe his endorsement is somehow meaningful is insulting to anyone who actually cares about this race. Kudos to Huntsman and Paul for not participating in his debate, the other candidates should follow suit...sadly they won't!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  151. Cary

    Donald Trump needs to wear clown make up and a rubber nose, he already has the hair. The man is a reality star. Does anyone come begging for Simon Cowell's endorsement? Making money when you are born with money is no trick. In Fact if all he ever did was invest all the cash he inherited in Apple Computer he'd be worth considerably more money and wouldn't have to give his wealth a major ego bump claiming he's worth more because he says so. No 99% voter will be swayed but it's an endorsement from a 1%'er that they are after. It calms the rich that their money is safe with that candidate. Ron Paul and Huntsmen should be very worried about the 1% vote.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  152. Barbara B.

    How much is less than zero? That's how impressed I am by the shenanigans of the self-important Mr. Trump. Money talks, but he's already had his turn.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  153. amwa

    His endorsement would be the kiss of death. Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul got it right. Have you noticed only the one's with super big egos and who can't stop telling us how wonderful they are are going to be in the carnival debate. I hope it is on pay for view T.V or Faux so they don't mess up any of my shows. I also don't think there is a stage strong enough to support the weight of their big heads..

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  154. destitute soul

    Donald Trump is very much like my mum-in-law very much pain in the neck .. He is right even when you cant swim and your stuck in a middle of an ocean with a hole in your boat. K

    December 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  155. J from Tillamook, OR

    There are certain people who would approve of Donald Trump if he stood on a corner and sold babies. His endorsement would be important to them, but for most people "The Donald" is a pompous, egotistical, self-serving jerk. And yes, I know I have destroyed my chances of becoming the next Apprentice.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  156. Samantha

    Obama should be thrilled when he looks at the cast of Republican nominees. On top of this, they have a clown and a joke like Trump moderating one of their debates. Obama doesn't need to campaign for re-election, he just has to let these Republicans run their side shows into the ground.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  157. DJ in Houston

    Donald Trump's endorsement is very important, to Donald Trump. After all, no one is more important to Donald Trump than Donald Trump...just ask him, never mind, he'll let you know anyway...as "The Donald" would say, I'm just telling it like it is.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  158. Greg M NYC

    Trump's endorsement is about as important as an endorsement from Kim Kardashian.....meaningless, tacky & for TV purposes only. Stick to reality TV Mr Trump, we have real problems to fix in this country, and we don't need our children looking forward to internships as janitors, butlers, and servants for people like you & Newt Gingrich.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  159. Ron Bouchard

    An endorsement from The Donald is very important...to the Democrats. If the one who receives it wins the Republican nomination, it would be very useful to Obama in the general election. I'm sure his campaign would have fun tying the Republican candidate to Trump and his traveling circus.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  160. Hope

    He is a joke! That comb-over bald spot means he is trying to be sporty and (cool). Ha! Ha! what a laugh, He is a nothing but, anyone that takes his advice needs to be examined for brain dysfuction.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  161. Ivan R. Tampa, FL

    Mr. Trump is a brain himself, proving his success. I am sure he will give good economic advice to the candidate he chooses! A recent interview he mentioned stop the free trade, it should be considered. He is a vital key, Trump has lots of heavy hitter followers similar to Opera Winfrey.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  162. John Jacob Jinglehimer Schmidt

    Donald Trumps' endorsement is less desired than than a butchers talents in a town full of vegans. He's a joke and a jerk, and I hope no one takes him seriously.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  163. Bob Nicholas

    Surely Jack, your question is a joke! How important is a nat to our eco system? Trump is simply a rich, self serving buffoon!

    Bob

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  164. Randy

    As important as his show is.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  165. Gene Irvine

    Trump's endorsement is of paramount importance!

    To me, a dyed-in-the-wool independent conservative, who has fought Obama tooth and nail for three years,
    who will vote for Obama in preference to a candidate endorsed by Trump!

    Gene Irvine, Waltham, MA

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  166. JOE BROWN

    Jack,
    Mr. Trump's endorsement of old what's his name is about as important as Walt Disney's " Mr. Goofey ".

    Joe Brown
    Shelbyville, Tennessee

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  167. Jeannie from Michigan

    I agree with Jenny from New York – THE Donald will do more for the Democrats by taking front and center stage with Republican candidates than he could possibly imagine.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Carl in San Diego

    Jack, while some in the Republican Party may see the 1% Trump endorsement as a stimulus, I think Trump is looking to make himself as the #2 (Vice President) . Think about it, he is the one doing the interviews, like a businessman looking for a partnership. Corporations, with a Republican Administration, run the country, and Trump, a businessman, as a VP would seal the deal of corporate hold.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  169. Nancy, Tennessee

    The Donald got personally involved early to make sure someone could beat President Obama in 2012. The candidates have flocked to his door trying to get him to approve of them. Donald's agenda may not be to endorse anyone, but to size up the competition if he decides to run at a late date. Being out there as the Godfather of the Republican party has kept his name alive. If someone is watching a particular candidate, they get to see Trump as an added bonus. Trump still says he will run if the right Republican candidate is not chosen. Donald's done it all. Adding President to his list of accomplishments would complete the list.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  170. Jomark Altamonte Springs, Fl

    Important if you wanted one vote from one person with strange hair.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  171. Jaime

    I would not trust Donald Trump's endorsement for a hair cair product let alone a Republication nominee. He ego is over-inflated. He needs to stick to what he knows best, and who really knows what that is.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  172. Melody

    PS- That's all we need, Trump .....didn't he understand no one thinks he's suitable for politics? He wants a president in his pocket and unfortunately some of the candidates want to be president so bad, they might just jump in his pocket.
    Trump join your wife on QVC, leave the presidency alone.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  173. Mike/Ottawa

    Republican presidential hopefuls would be better served by an endorsement from Ronald MacDonald than from Donald Trump. Mike/Ottawa

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  174. Bruce in Dubuque

    Iowans don't need the Donald to help them make up their minds. We'll all be just fine without him bringing the circus to town, it's downright demeaning.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  175. Jomark Altamonte Springs, Fl

    Important if you are a barber.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  176. Tom

    Donald Trump's political views are as valuable as Kim Kardashian's.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  177. Sue, Vienna, VA

    If you look at Trump's MO you will note that every time his name starts to die down in the media, he finds a way to get it out there again, ie, moderating a debate for the republican candidates. He's a joke and anyone who takes him seriously should really have their head examined. The only thing that makes him the slightest bit useful is the endless amount of material he supplies for the late night talk shows. And, frankly, his endorsement as the old saying goes, is as USELESS as t-ts on a bull frog!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  178. AB

    Jack, Donald Trump's endorsement has no significance in terms of political credibility and leadership stature. The only significance it has is only in terms of money. Period!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  179. Camy, Phoneix, AZ

    Jack, Donald Trump is a pain in the backside. It has always been about him. He has got opinion about everything and anything under sun pretty much like my Mum-in-law. They simply don't vanish in to the thin air ...

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  180. Clifton R. Farmer

    Jack,

    I will articulate the common position of a normally groomed, normally attired U.S. citizen, who even though a registered republican, will never be caught voting a straight party ticket ... "a man (Donald Trump) ... who mutters with a small fur bearing animal in repose on his head ... has no credibility" ... politics or other"wise".

    Regards,

    Clifton R. Farmer (Randy)

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  181. Bill Clement

    You guys are nothing but free advertisement for this con-man and us viewers pay the price.Knock it off!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  182. Pat in Michigan

    Talk about delusions of granduer!I would consider his endorsment about as valuable as one from Maury Povich.No thank you.
    Remember when George Bushes endorsment was avoided at all costs by McCain?It was the kiss of death for him.
    No, I think his endorsment would denigrate anyone foolish enough to think it wil help them.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  183. mary

    Donald Trump is an embarrassment to the great New York City.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  184. Jaime

    First he drops out of the Presidential race but he still claims he would win (LMBO), and now he thinks that he is a king maker (choking on my laughter). Really!!! Seriously!!! And yes, we are still awaiting the release of your tax returns as you stated you would do when the President released his birth certificate.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  185. Abu NJ

    lol Jack, Trump's endorsement is only important to the candidates who are wishing they could at-least have 15 minutes of fame. The candidates who are kissing Trump's ring should look at Rick Perry in the polls now and reconsider.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  186. Cameron from San Antonio, TX

    Trump's endorsement is paramount and will be tantamount to losing the election for the endorsed. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have the right idea, Trump is a clown.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  187. Melody

    Hey Romney just said, No to Donald Trump Bachman will follow him.
    Looks like it will just be Newt and Perry......perfect.🙂 The Three Stooges.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  188. Susan from Idaho

    If your a woman looking for a cheaten, lyin creep he's your man.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  189. Cray Mathews

    Hmm, lets see ...

    He's connected to most of the building contractors from NY to San Diego ... he knows or does business with 300 of the top Fortune 500 companies ... his home, casino, golf course buiding and construction employs over 200,000 people ... his clothing and home decorating companies effect another 50,000 people

    - and, he does a show or two that 10 million Americans hold their breath to see ...

    Yeah, it might be a good idea to have this guy in your corner....

    December 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  190. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If I were a candidate I had rather Mickey Mouse, Goofey or Donald Duck indorse me as Donald Trump it would mean much more to me.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  191. Melody

    "The Donald" is an embarassment to New York and the whole country.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  192. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    Donald Trump is an elitist, and this emporer has no clothes. This is as bad as signing that stupid pledge of Grover Norquist's. Just another example of why politics (both GOP and Democrat) is so messed up. Get the corporate "people" money out of our government. John Huntsman got my respect for telling the Donald to take a hike.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  193. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Trump is a self sanctified bloviator who would sell his soul if he thought he'd get a head. My wife's cousin has played golf with him, only to catch him cheating to win a bet by stepping on his opponents ball in a sand trap. He and Newt would make a great couple as neither would hesitate to step on an opponenbt's balls to win.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  194. David Moore

    Who cares who The Donald endorses. Perhaps only his wife and ex-wives might give it a second thought, On Second Thought, probably not.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  195. Q. Smith

    About as important as an endorsement from Donald Duck.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  196. Don, Toledo, Ohio

    Well Jack if I was selling or buying real estate in New York his endorsement would carry a lot of weight. But when it comes to politics, his endorsement is worth as much as a $3 dollar bill, Zero, zip, zilch, nada.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  197. Drew Lincoln, IL

    The Donald's endorsement is about as important as his hair... It floats around from candidate to candidate, exposing the "baldness" of these republican candidates. If the Donald puts as much money into his endorsement as he does dapper dan in his hair, this country is in for a whirl wind of trouble.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  198. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    His endorsement of a candidate doesn't mean a thing to me, and doesn't sway my opinion nor my decision as an informed voter.

    But apparently his endorsement is important to enough candidates, at least the ones whose poll numbers are in the double digits and to the republican party and base, otherwise they wouldn't be kowtowing to him. Trump is all fluff and no substance, just like the candidates. They're kissing up to him because they worship business "leaders" who make bad decisions (Trump declares bankruptcy every few years just to give himself a clean slate and new start–ordinary Americans can't and don't do that) and because they think he will give his favorite money, plus lots of free publicity.

    This is no different than members of the Republican party signing a pledge to Grover Norquist; with both of these men, they're telling us the electorate loud and clear to whom they owe their allegiance, that they can be bought and sold, to whom their loyalty lies. Big clue: it isn't with the country or with the people.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  199. Charles L. Clarke

    My opinion not important. The only thing I agree with him on is his opion on trade with China. This doesn't seem to me a Republican view, as it's mostly Republicans doing the trading. I think he turns people off with his smug demeanor. Yeah I like Ron Paul but wouldn't vote for him for president. However he just might surprise me, it might be interesting.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  200. Jerry in Alaska

    When ONE grasps the REALITY of we will never see a 2012 Prez. election as the Chosen One has almost destroyed Free/United America, then it really does not matter who indorces whom.
    Now does it Jack?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |