Donald Trump To Campaign For Romney…..In Michigan

For some reason, someone in the Romney campaign thought this would be a good idea:

With just over a week to go before Michigan voters head to the polls, Mitt Romney is enlisting the help of one of his highest-wattage surrogates: Donald Trump.

The real estate mogul is preparing to spread his pro-Romney, anti-Rick Santorum message in a series of radio interviews this week on local stations from Traverse City to Detroit.

Trump’s effort begins Monday morning with an interview on the “Art Lewis Show,” on WSGW news radio in the Flint-Saginaw media market.

On Tuesday he will call into the “Ron Jolly Show” on WTCM in Traverse City. On Wednesday it’s the “Paul Smith Show” on WJR in Detroit. And on Thursday, Trump will talk to Michael Patrick Shiels, host of a drive-time radio program on WJIM in Lansing.

In recent interviews, Trump has not been shy about his distaste for Santorum, who appears to be locked in a close race with Romney in Michigan — a high stakes contest for both candidates.

“All of a sudden, he says, ‘let’s become president?’ Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren earlier this month. “Give me a break.”

Trump, who endorsed Romney at the opulent Las Vegas hotel that bears his name earlier this month, has not appeared with the former Massachusetts governor in public on the campaign trail since then.

“For Mr. Trump it wasn’t merely a symbolic gesture,” said Michael Cohen, special counsel at the Trump Organization. “Mr. Trump has pledged to assist Governor Romney in anything that he deems beneficial to his bid for the Republican nomination.”

Yes I’m sure the Trump demographic in Flint and Ann Arbor is just waiting to hear from The Donald.

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  1. Jr says:

    Who the hell is running this campaign?

    For a team that has been running for 5 years they sure seem like amateurs.

  2. DRS says:

    Why don’t the Republicans just issue a press release conceding the presidential election in the fall and focus on the congressional races? It would ultimately be more dignified than this kind of thing.

  3. de stijl says:

    Two theories:

    1. Birther outreach
    2. Trial balloon for Trump’s VP slot – slogan is “Romney / Trump 2012: The 1% Solution!”

    “All of a sudden, he says, ‘let’s become president?’ Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren earlier this month. “Give me a break.”

    That’s pretty rich coming from the short-fingered vulgarian himself!

  4. Tillman says:

    They must’ve looked at the Nielsen ratings out there and found out the Apprentice is huge. I mean, there’s no other possibility.