Donald Trump on the electability of Rick Santorum

Michigan votes one week from Tuesday, and Trump is scheduled to take to the state’s airwaves daily this week to speak on Romney’s behalf.

“There’s nothing – there’s no gift, no Christmas gift, that could be given better than Rick Santorum to the Democrats,” Trump said in a radio interview which aired in Michigan. Democrats, he continued, “are just salivating at that. And, you know, I don’t think they believe it’s going to happen. But boy, would they like it to happen because that would be an easy election.”

The perception of electability was a major factor in deciding to endorse Romney, Trump said, and Republicans would be foolish to put forward Santorum as their nominee because “he basically has no chance” of winning.

Donald Trump cancels his proposed GOP debate

Donald Trump has cancelled the debate he had planned to moderate with the current GOP presidential candidates.

Trump said he will not moderate the event to avoid a conflict of interest in light of the fact he may still pursue a potential independent presidential bid.

“It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate,” Trump said in a statement. “Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate.”

Republican candidates Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, were the only GOP candidates to agree to appear.

“I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept being a part of the Newsmax debate,” Trump said. “I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate!”

Trump says he may still run for Prez as independent

Trump says he may still run for president

“If they pick somebody who I think can’t win and if they pick somebody who is, in my opinion, the wrong person … and if the economy continues to be bad, I might run as an independent,” he told USA TODAY.

He also mentioned he wouldn’t ask for campaign donations; he would use his own funds.

“It’s hard for Trump to run and have somebody who is struggling say I’m going to send him $100 or $1,000,” Trump said, referring to himself in the third person three times. “They’d say I love Trump, I’m going to vote for Trump but it’s even nicer that he doesn’t need my money.

“Other people don’t give up anything when they run,” he said. “You give up a top, prime-time television show and I don’t want to sound trivial – but that’s a lot.”

Referring to the current GOP nominees: “They want my endorsement, not my money, and the reason is because I have millions of people … that really want to hear what I say,” Trump said.

Asked when he would make a final decision about a run if the right person was not chosen, Trump said after the next season of The Apprentice wraps in May 2012.

“You don’t need a lot (of time) in the age of television, of computers … to be honest and, you know, most people know where I stand anyway,” he said. “I’m a free agent right after the (season ends), which is May 15.”

Donald Trump versus Chuck Todd

And the winner – with great class- Chuck Todd for NBC.

Trump’s ego is so huge, he has to make everything about “you called me.” And in typical fashion, he has to attack the other guy’s standing or ratings.

Imagine this in the same room with Gingrich. A stadium will be needed to accommodate both egos.

Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul say “no” to the Donald

Via CNN: Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will both skip the debate to be moderated by real estate mogul Donald Trump, citing concerns about the seriousness of the event.

In a campaign statement released Saturday, Paul’s campaign called the debate a distraction from the real issues of the campaign.

“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity,” Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s national campaign chairman, said in a statement.

He added, “Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.”

In an “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I” moment, Trump slammed Paul as a non-electable candidate.

“As I said in the past and will reiterate again, Ron Paul has a zero chance of winning either the nomination or the Presidency,” Trump said in a statement to CNN. “My poll numbers were substantially higher than any of his poll numbers, at any time, and when I decided not to run, due to the equal time provisions concerning my hit show The Apprentice, I was leading the Republican field.”

Trump also took a swipe at Huntsman as “inconsequential”:

“Few people take Ron Paul seriously and many of his views and presentation make him a clown-like candidate,” Trump said. “I am glad he and Jon Huntsman, who has inconsequential poll numbers or a chance of winning, will not be attending the debate and wasting the time of the viewers who are trying very hard to make a very important decision.”

Huntsman’s campaign said Friday the former Utah governor wouldn’t be making an appearance at the event.

“We have declined to participate in the ‘Presidential Apprentice’ Debate with The Donald,” Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller said in a statement. “The Republican Party deserves a serious discussion of the issues so voters can choose a leader they trust to defeat President Obama and turn our economy around.”

On Friday, the conservative online publication Newsmax announced they were sponsoring the Trump-moderated debate on December 27. It will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, just days before the state holds its first-in-the-nation caucus.

Trump: Not running for president

Donald Trump says he will not run for president.

“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency,” Trump said in a statement released by his political director, Michael Cohen.

“This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country.”

What a surprise.  You mean he doesn’t want to show the world his financial statements?  You mean he just wanted exposure for his reality TV show?

I’m shocked…