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Friday
Dec022011

Donald Trump To Moderate GOP Debate in Iowa

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Mark your calendar. On Dec. 27 Donald Trump moderate a debate with the GOP candidates in Des Moines, just six days before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

The debate will be produced by the conservative news website Newsmax.com and broadcast on the cable network, Ion TV. A source close to Trump confirmed to ABC News the real estate mogul’s role as a moderator of the event.

In an interview Steve Coz, editorial director of Newsmax, said he was “trying to figure out a way to make the Newsmax debate very powerful,” which is how the idea of involving Trump originated.

Coz said no candidates have confirmed their participation yet, but they have been getting, “positive responses” from several of the campaigns. The debate will be held at the Hoyt Sherman theater in Des Moines. More details will be released next week.

Coz added that Trump will be joined at the moderator’s table by other “people of note,” including prominent political figures. The debate will also be live-streamed on Newsmax.com.

After a brief flirtation with a presidential run of his own, Trump has proven to be a powerful ally to candidates in the GOP field in this cycle. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry have all met privately with Trump since announcing their candidacies. Newt Gingrich is set to meet with him on Monday, Dec. 5.

At least one candidate has already said “no” to the Dec. 27 event.

“We have declined to participate in the ‘Presidential Apprentice’ Debate with The Donald,” Tim Miller, a spokesman for candidate Jon Huntsman 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. We are confident that leader will be Jon Huntsman.”

It will be the last of three debates in Iowa during the month of December, including an ABC News-Des Moines Register-Iowa Republican Party debate on Dec. 10.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec012011

Newt Gingrich to Meet with Donald Trump

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The parade of Republican presidential candidates to Trump Tower continues.

ABC News has learned that former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be meeting with Donald Trump at his Manhattan offices Dec. 5.

Regarding the upcoming meeting, Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, said, “There is no set agenda. I suspect, like the other Republican candidates, Newt will seek Mr. Trump’s advice and endorsement.”

Gingrich follows in a long line of candidates to court Trump, including Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry.

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Monday
Oct242011

Does Rick Perry Question Obama's Birthplace?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gov. Rick Perry opened speculation about whether he is a birther after he gave an unclear answer to the question about President Obama’s birth place in Sunday’s Parade Magazine.

Perry called it a “distractive issue” but gave no definitive answer concerning what he believes, only mentioning he had dinner with Donald Trump, who still doubts the authenticity of the birth certificate provided by the Obama administration last April, according to Perry.

When Perry was asked what he thought of the birth certificate, he answered, “I don’t have any idea.”

A spokesman for Perry said his answer on the matter was very clear.

Trump, who is being courted by nearly every Republican presidential candidate, led a crusade last April to force President Obama to disclose his long form birth certificate amidst accusations he was not born in this country.

Here's the full exchange of the interview:

-- Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
Perry: I have no reason to think otherwise.

-- That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he…”
Perry: Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

-- But you’ve seen his.
Perry: I don’t know. Have I?

-- You don’t believe what’s been released?
Perry: I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

-- And?
Perry: That came up.

-- And he said?
Perry: He doesn’t think it’s real.

-- And you said?
Perry: I don’t have any idea.  It doesn’t matter.  He’s the President of the United States.  He’s elected.  It’s a distractive issue.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct182011

Trump Thinks Bachmann Is ‘Terrific,’ But No Endorsement

Stephen Morton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michelle Bachmann is “terrific” and “smart,” Donald Trump said Monday night on a conference call with the Minnesota Congresswoman and her supporters, but don’t expect to see him endorsing her, or applying to be her vice president any time soon.

Bachmann introduced the billionaire in her “tele-town hall” by letting listeners know he was “not on the call this evening because he’s endorsing my candidacy for president.”

Asked if he would consider joining Bachmann on a ticket as her running mate, Trump punted: “I don’t think that’s what we’re here for tonight,” adding that any of the GOP candidates would be a “far cry from what we’ve got in the White House.”

“She’s a terrific person.  She’s a terrific woman.  She’s a smart woman,” Trump said of Bachmann.  “She’s respected by everyone.  She’s universally respected by the other candidates.”

Trump, whose support has been sought by several GOP contenders this summer and fall, also noted that ”when Gov. Perry came in [to the race], he stole a lot of her thunder.”

Bachmann said 200,000 people had registered for the call and she used it to instantly fundraise and poll supporters on the issues they were most passionate about.

Trump fielded questions from Bachmann supporters, holding court on some of his most-talked about political issues: Chinese competition, Libyan rebels, and President Obama’s birth certificate.

Bachmann hit many of her favorite talking points, reminding listeners she was the first candidate to sign a pledge to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, that she wants to repeal “Obamacare,” and that she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other oil-rich areas.

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Monday
Oct172011

Trump Didn’t Know He Was Headlining Bachmann ‘Tele-Town Hall’ 

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michele Bachmann had spent three days trumpeting Monday night’s tele-town hall featuring billionaire Donald Trump, but the guest of honor didn’t even know the conference call was scheduled to take place until a reporter clued him in Monday morning.

Trump said he had agreed to the teleconference with Bachmann supporters, which the Minnesota congresswoman has been promoting as a fundraising device, but didn’t know it was happening  until he was told by the anchors of Fox News' Fox and Friends.

“It’s called a modern-day town-hall meeting, right? And I said, ‘I guess I could.’ I didn’t even know I was doing it till you just told me, but that’s OK,” Trump said Monday.

Trump said Bachmann asked him to participate in the call “not [as] an endorsement,” but as a “favor.”

On the conference call with the Minnesota congresswoman and her supporters Monday night, Trump said Michelle Bachmann is “terrific” and “smart,” but don’t expect to see him endorsing her or applying to be her vice president anytime soon.

Trump had plenty of kind words for Bachmann, but lest anyone think his participation in a “tele-town hall” was an endorsement, Bachmann introduced the billionaire by letting listeners know he was “not on the call this evening because he’s endorsing my candidacy for president.”

Asked if he would consider joining Bachmann on a ticket as her running mate, Trump punted: “I don’t think that’s what we’re here for tonight,” adding that any of the GOP candidates would be a “far cry from what we’ve got in the White House.”

“She’s a terrific person. She’s a terrific woman. She’s a smart woman,” Trump said of Bachmann. “She’s respected by everyone. She’s universally respected by the other candidates.”

But even Trump, who has become a de facto kingmaker this season, conceded “when Gov. Perry came in [to the race], he stole a lot of her thunder.”

Trump for his part fielded questions from Bachmann supporters, holding court on some of his favorite political issues: unfair Chinese competition, ungrateful Libyan rebels, and President Obama’s birth certificate.

Bachmann hit many of her favorite talking points, reminding listeners she was the first candidate to sign a pledge to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border,  that she wants to repeal Obamacare, and that she supports drilling at ANWAR and other oil-rich areas.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct132011

Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann to Meet Thursday in NY

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will have  another audience with The Donald.

The Minnesota Congresswoman and real estate mogul Donald Trump plan to meet in New York City on Thursday at Trump’s office, a source familiar with the plan told ABC News.

It will be their third such get-together since April.  They last met in July.

Trump has entertained all the major presidential candidates during the course of the primary season.  He recently sat down with Herman Cain and Mitt Romney and, before that, had dinner with Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, who opted against a presidential run.

In New Hampshire Monday, Bachmann said she is “re-booting” her campaign, and courting Trump appears to be part of her strategy.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep262011

Trump Says Media Blackout Was Deliberate

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump told CNN Monday that he and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a conscious effort to avoid the media before and after their meeting Monday in New York City.

“It was deliberate. We wanted to keep it quiet,” Trump said.

Romney met Trump at around 2 p.m. at Trump’s midtown offices, but managed to dodge the press waiting for a photo op of the two.

Trump added that he and Romney “hit it off better than expected.”

“It went really well,” Trump said of the meeting. “I learned a lot about him.”

“We had a great talk,” he said, but then cautioned against reading too much into that:  “Nobody is endorsing anybody,” he said.

Asked about the video released by the Democratic National Committee mocking their meeting, Trump said he thought it was “amateur night.”

“The ad wasn’t a good one,” he said.

The Romney campaign has yet to confirm Monday’s meeting with Trump and when asked if the governor was intentionally avoiding the media responded that Monday’s events were all closed to the press.

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Monday
Sep262011

Mitt Romney, Donald Trump to Talk 2012 in New York on Monday

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- The parade of 2012 presidential candidates knocking on Donald Trump’s door continues on Monday when the New York real estate mogul greets his latest suitor: Mitt Romney.

Romney and Trump plan to sit down for a chat in Trump’s Fifth Avenue office in the afternoon, and where they go from there is “going to be left up to Romney,” according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

It will be the first time the former Massachusetts governor and Trump have come face-to-face since Romney jumped into the presidential race.  The meeting was scheduled at Romney’s request.

The former Massachusetts governor is just the latest presidential contender to show up on Trump’s doorstep.  Last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dined with Trump at Jean Georges restaurant.

“It was very good,” Perry said after the meal.  “He knows his restaurants.”

Trump declared the get-together, “excellent.”

Trump has also met with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin in recent months and plans to have another sit-down with Bachmann in the near future.

“They’re all looking for his endorsement,” Michael Cohen, Trump’s top political adviser, told ABC News.

Cohen also said that this weekend’s burst of speculation about whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was reconsidering his decision not to run suggests simmering discontent.

“All the talk about Chris Christie indicates the field is still open for others -- including Donald Trump -- if he’s not satisfied with who the Republican Party chooses as their nominee,” Cohen said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Sep172011

Mitt Romney Next Up to Meet Donald Trump

James Devaney/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has requested—and been granted—a meeting with Donald Trump on Sept. 26 in New York City, sources close to Trump confirm to ABC News.

Romney’s meeting with Trump, first reported by the Washington Post, will come about two weeks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry met with the real estate mogul at his Manhattan apartment.

According to one of Trump’s top aides, it was Romney who asked for the meeting “several weeks ago”—before Perry’s meeting happened, but after it became known that the Texas Governor was speaking with Trump.

Trump has yet to endorse a candidate because his aides say he has not actually decided whether he will pursue a bid for the White House. He is waiting to meet all the candidates who wish to speak with him before making that decision, according to the source.

While Perry was taken to Jean Georges restaurant and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to a pizza parlor in Times Square by Trump, there is no word yet on where Romney will be taken, just that a dinner offer will certainly be extended.

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Wednesday
Sep142011

Rick Perry to Meet With Donald Trump in New York

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday.

After speaking to a conservative Christian audience in Virginia at Liberty University, Perry will attend fundraisers in Virginia, before heading to New York for his private sit down with The Donald and more fundraisers, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Trump caused a stir when he considered his own presidential bid earlier this year. He ultimately decided not to run, but has tried to continue to influence politics, offering advice to Republicans from Youtube and on Twitter.  Trump has not ruled out running for president as an Independent.

Trump defended some of Perry’s more controversial comments on the campaign trail, including his statement that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s actions were borderline “treasonous”

In addition to their meeting, Perry and Trump have at least one other thing in common. They have both been at the top of Republican presidential polls.

Trump was riding high earlier this year before ending the first phase of his flirtation with a White House run. Now it’s the Texas governor who is out in front of rivals like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann.

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