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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Donald Trump Is 'ABSOLUTELY' Running For President
Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2011 | Glynnis MacNicol

Posted on 04/22/2011 6:59:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

On Bret Baier FOX News show yesterday Charles Krauthammer revealed that Donald Trump had called him personally and as a result of their conversation Krauthammer is convinced Trump is "absolutely" running for president.

It was a surprise, and when my secretary told me, I put on a helmet and a flak jacket as I answered the phone. I expected a tirade, which he had every right to do given what I have been saying about him. In fact, he was courteous but very calm, and he made his case, rather than sort of attacking everything I said about him. Simply, he made his case: “I’m a serious businessman, I’m a serious candidate"...I give him credit for the way he conducted himself [on the phone call].

Krauthammer has been a very vocal critic of Trump's intentions. But more importantly Krauthammer is generally unafraid to be a vocal skeptic and critic of many members of his party (he's had not nice things to say about Sarah Palin in the past) and isn't afraid to give Obama credit for very unpopular moves. So his validation of Trump's intentions were immediately carried far and wide in the blogosphere yesterday as some sort of proof it was okay to take Trump intentions seriously.

That's not to say Krauthammer takes Trump seriously. In his column today calls him a "spectacle" and says the "Lions have a better chance at winning the Super Bowl."

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KEYWORDS: charleskrauthammer; comboverboy; donaldtrump; president; trumpchumps
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1 posted on 04/22/2011 6:59:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Lions will be a playoff team this year. Guarantee it.


2 posted on 04/22/2011 7:00:45 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Krauthammer jumped the shark some time ago. His opposition to Trump makes me like Trump more.


3 posted on 04/22/2011 7:01:29 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SeekAndFind
Only conservative businessman Herman Cain and libertarian pot smoker, Gary Johnson, have announced so far.

If Trump does decide to run, he'll be the first liberal Republican to announce for 2012. But not the last.

What’s up with Willard?

4 posted on 04/22/2011 7:04:20 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Sans-Culotte

I don’t trust Kruathammer either.

I think whoever the republicans runs wins in 2012. I think EVERYONE underestimates the raw anger there is at bummer. It’s WAY more than against Bush, which was manufactured. This is GENUINELY grass roots.

Unless there’s a perfect 3rd party spoiler like Trump.


5 posted on 04/22/2011 7:05:51 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: SeekAndFind

Trump said he would NOT run as an independent if it could remotely come close to allowing Obama to win.

If Trump would say that Hillary Clinton is not the best thing since sliced bread and is not a true moderate and admit Hillary would not be good for this country and is a failure as Obama’s SOS; he has my vote unless West jumps in for the big save we need.


6 posted on 04/22/2011 7:06:08 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: SeekAndFind

i care more about keeping the strong hold on the house and gaining the senate than winning the pres.

imo Trump would do some necessary things. Borders and taxes being two.


7 posted on 04/22/2011 7:06:30 AM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Reagan Man

Trump says he’s pro-life - the big deal for me - along with his vehement pro-America position.

And we’d have a first lady who didn’t look like a moose next to Carla Bruni.


8 posted on 04/22/2011 7:09:07 AM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I start backing away from Trump for his many skeletons and less-than-conservative stances in the past...but I watch or listen to him on TV and suddenly he pulls me in again.


9 posted on 04/22/2011 7:12:59 AM PDT by RockinRight (Maybe Trump's a stalking horse for Palin...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Screw Rove and the GOP I am sick and tired of the Romney-like idiots to scared to make a move.

Trump/West with Palin making history as energy sec saving our economy and national security. Bachmann as AG

10 posted on 04/22/2011 7:15:17 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Donald Trump for President: Because our liberal has an (R) after his name!

It is fascinating to watch many conservative who fought so hard against Obamacare suddenly support a candidate who believes in even MORE government control of healthcare. Obama's healthcare reform was kids stuff compared to the socialist system Trump envisions:

The goal of health care reform, wrote Trump, should be a system that looks a lot like Canada. "Doctors might be paid less than they are now, as is the case in Canada, but they would be able to treat more patients because of the reduction in their paperwork," he writes.

The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. There are fewer medical lawsuits, less loss of labor to sickness, and lower costs to companies paying for the medical care of their employees. If the program were in place in Massachusetts in 1999 it would have reduced administrative costs by $2.5 million. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.

So now supposed conservatives here are supporting a guy who believes in Canadian style single payer health care?

11 posted on 04/22/2011 7:17:29 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: RockinRight; 444Flyer; Munz; Just A Nobody
Trump/West 2012? Allen West not closed to idea of being Donald Trump’s VP
12 posted on 04/22/2011 7:18:35 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: Sans-Culotte
Agree. Kraut only supports establishment RINOs.
13 posted on 04/22/2011 7:20:10 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Aria
If you want to believe Trump's CPAC2011 political conversion to pro-life just 2-months ago, that is your business. I don't believe him. I think Trump is a big phony. A charlatan out to fool people with his rhetorical bluster.... BS!

From Trump's book, "The America We Deserve, pages 31-32:

"I support a woman’s right to choose ..."

(“I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors”" Link)

No thanks.

14 posted on 04/22/2011 7:24:06 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Sans-Culotte
Krauthammer is brilliant. Whether you agree with him or not is secondary. The only thing that "jump[ed] the shark" is that lame term "jump the shark". It is good to get honest and insightful opinions that don't necessarily align perfectly with your own.

I propose it will be a miracle if the FR favorite wins the Republican primary nonetheless the election. How many here will remember that Duncan Hunter led the FR poll by 90+% up until the day he dropped out of the 2008 primary.

15 posted on 04/22/2011 7:26:39 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: SeekAndFind
Last night on Fox, Krauthammer said it would be “unreasonable” for Republicans to ask for a repeal of Obamacare in an exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Is the law and how it was passed “reasonable”? Demint should propose the elimination of the debt ceiling. If the ceiling is only an illusion since it is continually raised, just acknowledge the fact and remove this sad joke of the debt ceiling. Let the world clearly know that spending in this country will never be restrained, and be done with it.
16 posted on 04/22/2011 7:26:39 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Trump/West with Palin making history as energy sec saving our economy

I have posted this very "dream team" on more than one occasions. I think the public could go for Palin as energy sec, but after Obama, I don't think they can look past the "inexperience" of Palin or the fact she is a female. Not that I am opposed to a female president, but I am not so sure an inexperienced female is a risk America is going to go for. Not saying Palin is not good enough, just saying we have an inexperienced PANSY now, and more and more, people are realizing we need a smart economic mind with "balls".

17 posted on 04/22/2011 7:26:51 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I said this the other day...and was shot down.


18 posted on 04/22/2011 7:27:54 AM PDT by RockinRight (Maybe Trump's a stalking horse for Palin...)
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To: rintense

..and sadly, the Lions have less fans here than the Trump even though the former doesn’t have a history of rabid liberalism.


19 posted on 04/22/2011 7:29:45 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: rintense
The Lions will be a playoff team this year. Guarantee it.

Unfortunately, there won't be a "this year."

20 posted on 04/22/2011 7:31:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mnehring

Sad indeed.


21 posted on 04/22/2011 7:31:29 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: mnehring

I’m a Lions fan.


22 posted on 04/22/2011 7:31:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Aria
Trump says he’s pro-life

He has only said that recently, when he is attempting to play to the right. His entire history he has been pro-abortion. He is like any other politician or used car salesman, he will say what he thinks you want to hear to close the sale facing him. You have to look at his entire history to know if he isn't BS'ing you.

23 posted on 04/22/2011 7:31:42 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: dfwgator

It will be a shortened season, which is not in the Lions favor. But I do see the Lions going 10-6, possibly 11-5.


24 posted on 04/22/2011 7:32:37 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

If Donald can beat Obama, am on board.

for me beating obama in 2012 is my goal 1-10 - period.

If the GOP can hold on to the congress - they can mitigate a stupid stuff he does. But compared to Bama - Trump would be a massive improvement.


25 posted on 04/22/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: SeekAndFind
"I expected a tirade, which he had every right to do given what I have been saying about him. In fact, he was courteous but very calm, and he made his case, rather than sort of attacking everything I said about him. Simply, he made his case"
How refreshing! Somebody who calmly and courteously makes his case!

Contrast this with the tiresome tirades, invectives, distortions, misrepresentations, distractions, intentional misunderstandings, dishonesty, malice, and ad hominem attacks spewing constantly from the Left--unintentional but unavoidable admissions that they cannot make their case.

26 posted on 04/22/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT by Savage Beast ( "The truth has no agenda..." -Surfer)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I think he is going to pick West.


27 posted on 04/22/2011 7:34:54 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: rintense
It will be a shortened season, which is not in the Lions favor

The Lions did benefit from the last shortened season, and were a missed Eddie Murray FG away from making the NFC Championship Game....Curse you Eddie Murray!!!!

28 posted on 04/22/2011 7:34:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Principled
i care more about keeping the strong hold on the house and gaining the senate than winning the pres.

I would agree with you if the country were still governed by men who respected the rule of law. Sadly we are beyond that era. When obama is more than willing to 'rule' by fiat...czars, executive orders and regulatory abuse ...the Presidency is extremely important.

29 posted on 04/22/2011 7:36:06 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: rintense

I do agree if there is a season the Lions are looking real good, IF Stafford can finally stay healthy.


30 posted on 04/22/2011 7:36:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GlockThe Vote
If it is Trump/West and he continues to speak the way he is speaking, I am all theirs.

Anybody but the communists and their Stockholm Syndrome enablers, the defunct GOP rinos.

31 posted on 04/22/2011 7:37:58 AM PDT by riri
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To: dfwgator

I remember that game! I fell in love with Joe Montana. :)


32 posted on 04/22/2011 7:38:25 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Reagan Man
If you want to believe Trump's CPAC2011 political conversion to pro-life just 2-months ago, that is your business. I don't believe him. I think Trump is a big phony. A charlatan out to fool people with his rhetorical bluster....

You're right of course because everybody knows that no pro choice person has EVER become pro-life!

33 posted on 04/22/2011 7:39:34 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: douginthearmy

Knock it off! You’re making way to much sense!


34 posted on 04/22/2011 7:40:42 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: Reagan Man

I am not waiting around for the loser Rove’s and Romney’s to enable an Obama win.


35 posted on 04/22/2011 7:42:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Just as I’m not obligated to vote for a lifelong RINO like Huckabee or Romney just because the alternative is Obama, I’m not obligated to vote for a liberal crony capitalist like comb-over boy.


36 posted on 04/22/2011 7:45:14 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Birth Certificate Derangement Syndrome - have you been tested??)
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To: SeekAndFind

Donald Trump -— Please don’t run. I would like to say that you would endorse the team of Palin/Bachmann.


37 posted on 04/22/2011 7:45:50 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Wanted a keyboard with a working '\/' key!!)
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To: Sans-Culotte; SeekAndFind; LucyT

That phone call was made to the “old” GOP establishment alias Karl Rove!

Ring, Ring, please press one!!

SauerKraut: “OK Donald, I shall pass it on to my boss Karl Rove,” click!!!


38 posted on 04/22/2011 7:48:05 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: douginthearmy
it will be a miracle if the FR favorite wins the Republican primary nonetheless the election

Yep, that explains why the secret service won't let President Thompson into his office.

FR Opinion = Republican Voter Opinion is a mistake that many still make here. Many of those who are registered to vote GOP are far too "moderate" to survive on FR.

39 posted on 04/22/2011 7:48:34 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Birth Certificate Derangement Syndrome - have you been tested??)
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To: mnehring

I trust Trump will make great SCOTUS appointments.
I trust he respects the issue enough; to not lie.

I do not want Romney Rove’s. Which truly fake on social conservative and the abortion issues. I am done with that.


40 posted on 04/22/2011 7:49:05 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: danamco

You guys that think Karl Rove runs everything you don’t like from his secret control room are starting to sound a little like the liberals with their Koch brothers obsession.


41 posted on 04/22/2011 7:51:04 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Birth Certificate Derangement Syndrome - have you been tested??)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Romney. T-Paw, Huckster, Newt, Daniels, Huntsman - are all going to lay down and fall over for obama. They will not fight back and be happy to lose 48 - 52 to the bama.

Trump, Bachmann, Palin are the only ones willing to go after muBarack, piss be upon him.


42 posted on 04/22/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: pgkdan
Cute.

>>>>>>You're right of course because everybody knows that no pro choice person has EVER become pro-life!

It does happen.

Trump's announcement at CPAC2011 that he was NOW pro-life, came at the same time with his announcement of a possible run for potus in 2012. Guess you think that was just coincidental?

Talk about gullible.

43 posted on 04/22/2011 7:55:23 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
I trust he respects the issue enough; to not lie

What, in his history, makes him trustworthy? How has he earned that?

44 posted on 04/22/2011 7:55:35 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: douginthearmy

Kraut is very intelligent but he has inside-the-beltway-itis. He views all through a prism of ivy league and cocktail party class. It is not a matter of always agreeing with him, it is a problem with his biases that affect some of his opinions. he looks down on those not from the northeast and ivy educated, and he is too much into conventional wisdom of DC. I like him a lot, but he has shown to be very out of touch on a variety of issues.


45 posted on 04/22/2011 7:56:43 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind
I have no reason to doubt this happened but did The Donald say whether it would be republican, democrat or spoiler party?
46 posted on 04/22/2011 7:56:54 AM PDT by McGruff (When it comes to Obama's birth certificate. Trust, but verify.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Good thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2705963/posts


47 posted on 04/22/2011 7:58:28 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (If Obama announced his resignation that would probably bring gas to $2.30 within an hour.)
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To: Reagan Man

Thanks...I cannot vote for anyone who is pro-abortion.

For me the woman has a right to choose whether or not she has sex and whether or not she takes birth control pills. After that her choice is to accept the results of her behavior.


48 posted on 04/22/2011 8:00:08 AM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: douginthearmy; Sans-Culotte

“Krauthammer is brilliant.”


Wow, yes he’s very brilliant for Karl Rove’s “old” GOP establishment. Here’s a wake-up call for the sleepiest!!!

http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2011/04/krauthammer-christophobe.html


49 posted on 04/22/2011 8:02:01 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Trump has a history of picking fighters, and no one has been the fighter that Palin has been. I say he picks her.


50 posted on 04/22/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Trump fights to win...if he announces, he's going to fight a fight we've never seen, and will win.)
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