Donald Trump: Vote for Mitt!

He endorses Romney at Las Vegas news conference
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Donald Trump: Vote for Mitt!
Donald Trump talks to reporters prior to his news conference in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In the end, the guys in the high-rent district of the 1% stuck together: Donald Trump today said it was "honor and real privilege" to endorse Mitt Romney for president, reports USA Today. "Mitt is tough. He's smart. He's sharp. Governor Romney, go out and get em," he said at a Las Vegas news conference. Romney appeared with him, praised Trump's economic smarts, and said the blessing "means a great deal" to him. Earlier, Trump explained that Romney had won him over. "I knew of him and respected him, but I really got to know him over the past few months," he said. "I've had numerous meetings with him."

At Salon, Steve Kornacki thinks today's move makes sense for Trump, who loves to portray himself as a man with clout and who will now likely take credit for giving Romney's campaign a boost. But does it makes sense for Romney? Maybe in the primary, but embracing Trump's views (remember that birther crusade?) could hurt him in a general election, writes Kornacki. Click for the full column. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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