February 2nd, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Trump endorses Romney

Celebrity business magnate Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, telling reporters he will not mount an independent campaign if Romney is the Republican nominee.

Trump, who has repeatedly flirted with the possibility of his own White House bid, revealed his decision in Las Vegas two days before Nevada's Saturday caucuses.

"It's my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney," Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said: "He's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."

Romney responded by praising Trump for "an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create jobs" and for being "one of the few who has stood up to say China is cheating" in international trade.

It was unclear whether Trump's decision will have any impact on the Republican race. A Pew survey last month found that 64% of definite and likely GOP voters said an endorsement from the reality television star would make no difference to them.

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  1. saywhat

    Now money wins not the people, we finally have Democracy. Two years ago the five Justices saw to it.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Icetooler

    What do you get when you mix,,,,, romney,,, trump,,,,, & newt? The good, the bad , and the ugly

    February 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rita

    What is wrong with being poor? Evidently these two jokers think it is a disease. Why is it that you have to be filthy rich to be president of our nation? Lets change that this next election. Vote for the poorest.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
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