Donald Trump says a third-party candidate could beat President Barack Obama in 2012, and he again does not rule out being that contender. The real estate mogul also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday he does not think a Republican candidate can beat Obama if a third-party candidate enters the presidential race.
“People want me to run — they want me to run as a Republican — they want me to run as an independent. This has been going on for a long time. I would consider it if the country keeps going the way it’s going and if the Republicans pick the wrong person, which is a possibility," said Trump, whose new book, "Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,"
quickly became a best-seller.
Van Susteren asked Trump whether a third-party candidate would not just siphon votes away from the GOP nominee and bolster Obama’s re-election chances.
“No, I don’t think so at all. I think if it’s the right person — very high-profile, somebody respected that built, perhaps a great, great business, which I have, in my case,” Trump said. “I really think a third-party candidate can win — I think the Republicans would not win . . . I think a third-party candidate would win. I think, in my case, I could take a lot of votes from Obama.
“But it’s a very interesting process that is going on with [a] third party. Look, the Republicans are disliked by everybody — the Democrats are disliked by everybody,” he said. “The right third-party candidate could come in — in my opinion — and win. I do think if it’s somebody like me, or the people they mentioned, I think it would mean the Republicans can’t win . . . but a third-party candidate can.”
Van Susteren then asked Trump who would back his candidacy if he ran.
“I think I would get the Hispanic vote, frankly. I think — and people smile when I say it — I think I would do great with the African-American vote. I think I would do great with that,” Trump said. “Now, I am not going to beat him with that. But I would get a large number of African Americans — I really believe that.
“You have to look at poll numbers — I do very well with African-American voters. I also think I do very well with the unions, with certain unions — I have done amazing well. New York is a union state,” he said. “I have done great over the course of years — many years with the unions — fantastic relationships with the unions.”
The Fox host then wondered why Trump thinks he could get blacks to vote for him against Obama.
“I just have a great relationship with African-Americans and African-American voters — and I think I would do very well,” Trump said. “Now, I am not going to beat him. But I will tell you: I think I would get more than any other candidate I can think of. I think I'd do very well with the African-American vote.
“Look at the inner cities — look how badly the inner cities are doing — I mean, they are absolutely dying in the inner cities, Obama hasn’t done anything, if you really look at it, for the African-Americans — and you know, that he gets their vote is to me almost amazing,” he said. “I think I’d do very well with that vote — I do things about the inner city — You just look at what’s happening, Greta, with the inner cities of this country, and it’s really a shame.”
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