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Trump Endorsed by John Wayne's Daughter Before 'Big Announcement'

Trump Endorsed by John Wayne's Daughter Before 'Big Announcement'
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 01:40 PM

Donald Trump, the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, on Monday won the formal endorsement of the daughter of legendary actor John Wayne.

"We need someone like Mr. Trump with leadership qualities, someone with courage, someone that's strong, like John Wayne," Aissa Wayne said, surrounded by cowboy hats, saddles and clothing that her father used in his craft. "If John Wayne were around, he'd be standing right here instead of me."

The endorsement took place at a museum dedicated to Wayne in his birthplace of Winterset, Iowa, more than an hour drive away from a later event that Trump says will include a "big announcement" featuring “a very special guest in attendance.”

Asked by reporters in Iowa whether Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, would be endorsing him at the rally in Ames, Trump offered neither a confirmation nor a denial: "That I won't say."

However, the billionaire competing with Senator Ted Cruz at the top of the polls in Iowa did say he is a "big fan" of Palin and that his event tonight would be "tremendous," without sharing any additional details.

"We'll talk about that later," he said. "I think everyone is going to be very impressed, and nobody knows who it is, and that's fine."

According to a person with knowledge of the plans, Palin is set to appear with Trump, though a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign wouldn’t confirm the appearance and Chuck Laudner, his top Iowa strategist, declined to confirm or deny an appearance with Palin.

On Monday, Trump tweeted a cryptic message to his millions of followers: “Big announcement in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday! You will not want to miss this rally! #Trump2016” along with a link to a Facebook post directing supporters to the 6 p.m. Eastern time rally at Iowa State University. Trump promised to have “a very special guest in attendance.”

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Palin and Trump have been exchanging compliments in the media for years. As far back as 2011, when both were dabbling in a presidential run for 2012, Palin defended Trump for saying he wasn't sure that President Obama was born in the United States.

More recently, in a July 2015 radio interview, the brash real estate mogul said he would consider naming Palin to his cabinet if elected president. "I'd love that," said Trump. "Because she really is somebody who knows what's happening and she's a special person. She's really a special person and I think people know that."

He added, “Everybody loves her.”

In September, Palin told CNN, that she’d like to be Trump’s energy secretary. “I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations.”

But at the time, Palin did not offer her endorsement. As recently as November, the former Alaska governor hinted that her choice would come down to the two candidates now battling for supremacy in Iowa.

"I think it would come down to Cruz and Trump, to tell you the truth," Palin said. "They're thankfully both fighters, knowing that they need to put America's safety first."

In December, Palin took to Facebook to defend Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigrants from the United States. 

 

 

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