Trump Revisits Birther Issue at Bachmann Event He's still not convinced by Obama's birth certificate By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 18, 2011 3:30 AM CDT 30 comments Comments "I was No. 1 in the polls when I left the race. I was so disappointed in the mistakes that the Republican Party was making,” Trump said. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) (Newser) – Donald Trump took part in a "telephone town hall" meeting with Michele Bachmann last night—and they both had plenty of praise for Donald Trump. The tycoon hasn't endorsed Bachmann, but the call marked his most extensive public event with a 2012 Republican candidate, the Los Angeles Times notes. "He is on the call because he’s admired, he’s respected, he’s known all over the world as a man who understands the economy," Bachmann said. Trump spent the call revisiting themes from his own flirtation with running for president, including President Obama's birth certificate. "When I left the race, as Michele will tell you, I was leading in the polls and I couldn’t understand why somebody didn’t pick up what I was saying about China and OPEC, and that’s why I was leading, not just the birth certificate, which I’m very proud of," he said. "I got this guy to do something he didn’t want to do—and someone should continue to analyze that whole deal, by the way."