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Trump: If Republicans 'don't get tough, they're not going to win this election'
The Hill ^ | 09/10/12 | Justin Sink

Posted on 09/10/2012 4:51:00 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Monday that Republicans have "got to get tougher" in order to prevail this November, saying he thought their handling of President Obama was "unbelievable."

“The one thing I have to tell the Republicans, they’ve got to get tougher," Trump said during an interview with Fox News. "If they don’t get tough, they’re not going to win this election.”

Trump went on to say that Republicans were "pandering" to the president, and compared their current strategy to that of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his 2008 presidential campaign.

“Well, I think there are a lot of ways of getting tough," Trump said. "I think they’re pandering to Obama. I think they’re being so nice to Obama. It’s unbelievable. And John McCain made that mistake. He absolutely made that mistake and you know they’re just afraid to attack this man and he should be attacked.”

The reality television star conceded that he thought Democrats might have run a better convention — and benefited from not sharing headlines with the landfall of Hurricane Isaac.

“Let’s face it, I think the Republican convention first of all was hurt by the hurricane, or lack of hurricane, you know the hurricane never really hit heavy in Tampa but I guess they probably had to do what they did," Trump said. "But the fact is that the Democrats gave a great convention, there’s no question about it.”

Trump added that he felt that the Republicans did not include the right mixture of voices at their party convention — mentioning Sarah Palin by name, but also possibly referring to himself. A Trump "surprise event" planned for Monday at the Republican convention was canceled because of the storm.

"I think frankly I would have liked to have seen Sarah Palin speak," Trump said. "I would have liked to have seen some people speak that weren’t invited to speak and you know I think the Republicans did not have the right speakers. They had a lot of people that people say, ‘who are they, where did they come from?’ "


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anothergopefailure; cinofailure; donaldtrump; election2012; milquetoastmittens; timetogetmean
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1 posted on 09/10/2012 4:51:12 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

When is The Donald going to reveal his big surprise???


2 posted on 09/10/2012 4:53:06 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

And he would be correct.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 4:53:13 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

And lame Mitch McConnell heading the senate is gonna get us where?


4 posted on 09/10/2012 4:54:29 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Churchillspirit
When is The Donald going to reveal his big surprise???

Now, that's just dirty. Shame on you. ;)

5 posted on 09/10/2012 4:54:38 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Yet another Romney endorser abandoning ship. Thanks so much for all your help in the primary, Don.


6 posted on 09/10/2012 4:54:38 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
If Republicans 'don't get tough, they're not going to win this election'

Whaddyamean? Didn't Romney promise that as soon as the Dem convention was over he'd cover the country with blanket bombing attacks on Obama. Right? Everybody believed it right?

Next.

7 posted on 09/10/2012 4:54:41 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: bicyclerepair

To more milk toast and milk gravy.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 4:55:34 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“I think frankly I would have liked to have seen Sarah Palin speak,” Trump said.
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I would have liked to have seen her and heard her also...


9 posted on 09/10/2012 4:56:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

LOL!


10 posted on 09/10/2012 4:56:27 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
I would have liked to have seen her and heard her also...

That's because you're a genuine conservative, ma'am. [::tips hat::] ;)

11 posted on 09/10/2012 4:57:58 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

They had a lot of people that people say, ‘who are they, where did they come from?’ “
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They came from Central Casting and cold read their lines right off the teleprompter...

They were there to pretend Willard is a “nice” guy...

But they did have some weird stories...


12 posted on 09/10/2012 4:59:29 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I guess this means Mitt won’t make the cut for the next season of Celebrity Apprentiice.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 4:59:38 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
These people are killing me. They all sided with Romney.

At least, many republicans are not complete moonbats like those

democrats who believe Clinton saved the economy vs he is to blame as well for the problems. Never trusted Trump.

14 posted on 09/10/2012 5:01:24 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It could be that Romney can’t get tought against a Democrat at all. But his people were tough on Santorum. Romney is probably fearful of being tagged “racist” if he gets tough. So inertia prevails. But Akin is getting tough, right?


15 posted on 09/10/2012 5:02:14 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Who among us has not erred? Akin's the One!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Don’t know where the idea came from they aren’t tough. Heard lots of Obama criticisms, and the ads are negative. Mitt is not acting like McCain so far.


16 posted on 09/10/2012 5:02:29 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Rush explained it clear enough. If Republicans lose, the entire party is done.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 5:02:57 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Shut-up Donald.....you’re obsessing over fabricated polls.


18 posted on 09/10/2012 5:03:24 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Trump: If Republicans ‘don’t get tough, they’re not going to win this election’

He’s absolutely correct !


19 posted on 09/10/2012 5:06:16 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Puckster
That goes to show some are worried or he would have NEVER said this publicly unless he was not for Mitt to begin with. Pick a choice.
20 posted on 09/10/2012 5:06:45 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: Puckster
I’ve worked on many, many campaigns. I’ve witnessed even more than that. There is a common theme. When a campaign is behind, the pollster releases a memo explaining why they really are not that much behind and why there is nothing to worry about. It happened when Rick Perry began to slide. It happened when Newt Gingrich began to slide. It happened when Rick Santorum began to slide. It happened when John McCain began to slide in 2008. It happened when Hillary Clinton began to slide.

This is what campaigns do. I treat each and every one of them as an admission against interest that the campaign polling is going against them.

This.

There's a technical term for the sad, inevitable tendency -- every four years, like clockwork -- applicable to the side in any presidential contest whose adherents are forced to chant, idiotically: "... donnnnnnnnn't belieeeeeeeeeve the polllllllllllllssssssssss... donnnnnnnnn't belieeeeeeeeeve the polllllllllllllssssssssss...," over and over and over again.

That term; losers.

Four years ago, on this very site, Team McCain's sycophants were mumbling the same insistent, zombie drone, all the way up to Election Day. Just sayin'.

21 posted on 09/10/2012 5:10:09 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: eyedigress

If the GOP blows this one....I am game for a different approach...at least if they continue playing patty cake. Where is our Lee Atwater? Those guys knew how to campaign back then.

In 2010, our candidates ran hard, no holds barred, and a slew of them won in races the experts never expected could be won. We need more of that and less of the vague attacks and vague solutions we have heard the past few weeks.


22 posted on 09/10/2012 5:11:16 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Theodore R.
That's Trump's job!
Let Romney surrogates go for blood (They certainly did that in the primary!), Romney can remain blissfully above it. And seem Presidential.
23 posted on 09/10/2012 5:13:17 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Playing defense will not win this, Romney must play offense.


24 posted on 09/10/2012 5:13:24 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’ll reserve any comment until November 7th....hope you are still here on FR.


25 posted on 09/10/2012 5:13:58 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Four years ago, on this very site, Team McCain's sycophants were mumbling the same insistent, zombie drone, all the way up to Election Day. Just sayin'.

Yep. Total denial was rampant. The GOP-E sure can pick 'em.

26 posted on 09/10/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

...and if Trump would have backed off the birth certificate issue and Limbaugh not called Fluke a slut we would be looking at a one term proposition exactly as Obama had predicted. Those two issues did nothing to advance the cause of conservatism, instead it cost the GOP the White House.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 5:15:22 PM PDT by easyrighter
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To: JediJones

I don’t think Donald’s abandoning ship. He’s right...and wants them to LISTEN. I hope they do.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 5:15:43 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (I don't have a tagline...too depressed.)
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To: Java4Jay
Romney must play offense.

He needs to start pretending his opponent (Obama) is actually a conservative. That's the only thing that ever seems to excite the ol' bloodlust. ;)

29 posted on 09/10/2012 5:16:10 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Trump is mostly a clown, but he is absolutely right here. This campaign, so far, feels like 2008 all over again. The only difference is the final result will be a somewhat more narrow victory for Hussein. The R/R campaign has to stop worrying what the media will think of them and start ripping Obama/Biden apart over their horrific economic record.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 5:16:10 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: ilgipper

Romney has more than enough ammo to take out the socialist party. He better make it happen.


31 posted on 09/10/2012 5:16:41 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

To be fair, we were winning at this point in the race last cycle. This is when Palin was rolling strong and getting up to 60000 at her rallies. When the financial institutions went caput in mid September and mccain paused his campaign...that’s when the wheels came off.

I can read this memo two ways, one is erickson’s comparisons to other campaigns using pollsters. The other is that romney has done a prety good job over the summer interrupting the news cycles. it is too early to see a panic. I think they needed to create a news story. There is nothing the candidates could do to change this media polling pile on.


32 posted on 09/10/2012 5:17:17 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Puckster
hope you are still here on FR.

I was here before you first signed up, son.

I'll be here until the last ambulance comes.

33 posted on 09/10/2012 5:18:11 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: JediJones

I agree with the sentiment by Trump.


34 posted on 09/10/2012 5:18:37 PM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Somebody needs to tell Mitt, and rather quickly, that Barry Soetoro is only HALF BLACK. Barry’s other half is white. When you criticize Obama’s policies, you are being only half a “racist”. Don’t worry about it. Just deal with it and let’s do this.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 5:19:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Diversity and political correctness. The real reason 09-11-01 happened.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Pride commeth before a fall.....don’t get cocky youngun.


36 posted on 09/10/2012 5:20:11 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"But the fact is that the Democrats gave a great convention, there’s no question about it.”

The best since Nuremberg.

37 posted on 09/10/2012 5:21:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Puckster

38 posted on 09/10/2012 5:22:11 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: easyrighter

Trump forcing the birth certificate a year and a half before the election was a great thing. It was clear they were holding on to it to use in this election, but had to use it in 2011 to respond to a fever pitch. It happened so long ago it is a non factor. Fluke was going to be used no matter what. That was the whole purpose of having her ‘testify’ in an empty hearing room . Limbaugh’s comments were just the chosen target, but ultimately it had zero impact. Polling didn’t change. The war on women meme was dropped months ago by all but the nut bags until they could pull it out again a few weeks ago when Akin stepped in it.

neither will have an impact on the November election. Romney will win Missouri. If Obama does not get blamed for the economy, he will be reelected. Everything else is a side issue.


39 posted on 09/10/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Typical thin skinned wanna-be....just what FR needs.


40 posted on 09/10/2012 5:25:30 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Puckster
#38.

*yaaaawwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn*

41 posted on 09/10/2012 5:27:26 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: easyrighter

I disagree. If you want to pay for Sandra flucks condoms, go for it. Obama has not proved his eligibility for POTUS, go for it again.


42 posted on 09/10/2012 5:28:09 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

Heard him say it and totally agree. I am doing everything in my being to get this SOB elected. If it fails, I leave the party and register Libertarian. Not an idle threat either, I am a person of my word.


43 posted on 09/10/2012 5:29:53 PM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’m patient, your hysterical(not funny), which one best fits FR and conservative values?


44 posted on 09/10/2012 5:30:08 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: eyedigress

Yea right Sandra Fluke the slut is the decision for the White House....... troll post.


45 posted on 09/10/2012 5:32:46 PM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: Puckster
your hysterical

"[My] hysterical" what, precisely? Post like a grown-up, for pity's sake.

Again: #38. I'm long since done playing with you, kiddo.

You go right ahead and keep playing with yourself, however, by all means.

46 posted on 09/10/2012 5:34:00 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

So much for ANYONE could beat Obama. Idiots! Yep and some of those very idiots are on here. They swore it would be flowers and candy with Romney. Spit!


47 posted on 09/10/2012 5:34:00 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: napscoordinator
They swore it would be flowers and candy with Romney. Spit!

"Severely conservative!" "ELECTABLE!!!OMG11!!" ;)

48 posted on 09/10/2012 5:35:42 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Just like a socialist...dismissive....nice.

See you in November.


49 posted on 09/10/2012 5:35:59 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Reily
"That's Trump's job!

Let Romney surrogates go for blood (They certainly did that in the primary!), Romney can remain blissfully above it. And seem Presidential."

Oh, for the love of.....I am really tired of hearing this one.

A milquetoast wimp who's afraid to come out swinging and needs others to do it for him is not "presidential." He's just weak.

Look at Reagan for your example.

50 posted on 09/10/2012 5:38:13 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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