Trump offers details on possible presidential bid
Announces Cabinet possibilities, willingness to spend $100
November 28, 1999
Web posted at: 7:00 p.m. EST (0000 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Billionaire developer Donald Trump is
outlining more details of his possible presidential bid,
including Cabinet possibilities and how much of his own
fortune he would be willing to spend.
"If I decide to run," Trump told Wolf Blitzer Sunday on CNN's
"Late Edition," "I would spend close to $100 million for my
campaign." Trump said that figure would include the $13
million in federal funds that the Reform Party candidate is
expected to receive.
"I think that you are going to have to spend a great deal of
money in order to get elected," Trump said, "especially
coming out of the Reform Party, which has a big disadvantage,
because it hasn't been there very long. If I spend the money,
I think I could win."
Decision expected in February
Trump says he plans to decide whether to run in February.
"It's really a decision as to whether or not I can win the
whole thing," he said. "I think we can get the Reform Party
(nomination), but can you win from the Reform Party the whole
thing? I'm really looking at myself, the polls, the numbers,
and how I do -- how I stack up against various other
Trump said Pat Buchanan, the only announced candidate for the
Reform Party nomination, has "zero chance of being
GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona " might
be a very interesting candidate" for secretary of defense,
Trump said others he would consider as possible Cabinet
members include Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) as secretary
of housing and urban development and retired Gen. Colin
Powell as secretary of state.
As for possible choices for treasury secretary or vice
president, Trump mentioned General Electric head Jack Welch.
"He's ... probably the greatest corporate leader in the
history of a major company," Trump said. "Somebody like that
would be absolutely incredible."
Trump also mentioned talk show host Oprah Winfrey again as a
possible running mate, even though Winfrey has said she is
Trump: "Bradley was a terrible senator"
Trump said that Democratic presidential candidate Bill
Bradley, a former U.S. senator from New Jersey, "was a
terrible senator. He did a terrible job, very little
legislation. I think that it would be very, very bad to have
Bill Bradley as a president."
When asked about Bradley's rival for the Democratic
nomination, Vice President Al Gore, Trump said, "I always
said he was very, very underrated."
On international policy, Trump said he would cut U.S.
financial aid to Russia if Moscow continued its offensive in
Trump called for the development of a defense shield to
protect the U.S. from missile attack. And he said it is
essential to address the subject of North Korea's alleged
nuclear weapons program.
"You go and you start negotiating, and if you don't stop
them ... you will have to take rather drastic actions,
because if you don't take them on now, you're going to be in
awfully big trouble in five years from now when they have
more missiles then we do," Trump said.