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Trump: GOP Was Afraid to Use My Pro-Romney Ad

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 01:24 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Donald Trump made a five-minute video for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in which he tells an actor resembling President Barack Obama, "You're fired!" — but the billionaire real-estate mogul says the GOP declined to air it.

"Everybody thought it was great, but they were afraid to use it. They thought it was too tough," Trump told the National Review.

"They didn’t want to rock the boat — and the problem with this country is nobody's willing to rock the boat and everybody wants to be so politically correct."

The pro-Romney video — in which Trump uttered the job-ending phrase he made famous in his smash NBC shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" — was to have been aired during the Republican National Convention.

Trump told the National Review he believes the impact of Hurricane Sandy was also a factor in the canceling of the video because the convention schedule had to be shortened.

But the Republicans also thought the outspoken developer and entertainer was too controversial to be helpful in the campaign, he believes.

Trump did stump for Romney in several primary states and also recorded some automated phone messages for him.

But he says the former Massachusetts governor's campaign never called him back to thank him for his help after the nomination was clinched, a snub which "was fine with me, because I do have lots of other things to do, but I think I would have made a very big difference for him, as I did in the primaries."

Trump, who said he is considering a presidential run in 2016, praised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner as "terrific" leaders, but insisted he's not wooing GOP leaders for fundraising.

"I don't need funds. I don't need to raise money like a lot of people, so that's a big advantage if I decide to do something," he told the Review.



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