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April 24, 2014

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Donald Trump takes credit for Mitt Romney’s Nevada win

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Steve Marcus

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, shakes hands with businessman Donald Trump after Trump endorsed Romney’s presidential bid during a news conference at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada February 2, 2012. Romney’s wife Ann applauds at left.

Forget attributing Mitt Romney’s win Saturday in Nevada to his superior campaign organization, momentum from Florida, electability, business record or the Mormon factor.

It was The Donald.

Donald Trump, who endorsed Romney on Thursday at his Las Vegas hotel, took credit for Romney’s win in Nevada’s GOP presidential caucuses.

“There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada. And, it was interesting because the numbers were much, much greater than he thought,” Trump said. “And a lot of people are giving me credit, and I will accept that credit. Always accept credit.”

Romney finished with 50 percent of the vote, about the same he won Nevada with in the 2008 presidential Republican Caucus. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich came in second, and Congressman Ron Paul in third.

At a post-caucus news conference, Gingrich addressed erroneous media reports that he would be getting Trump’s endorsement. He said Trump played the media well. “You have to admire his chutzpah,” Gingrich said.

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  1. The sun came up this morning, should we thank The Donald for that as well?

  2. Too funny!!!
    Hey, Don... Did the Giants thank you for helping them win the Super Bowl?

  3. He looks in the mirror every morning and probably sees an image of half the Republican party. Such a following!

  4. He would make a good politician. He will take the credit if all is well and blame it to somebody if it's not.
    But first, he needs to be elected to an office and that alone will be an impossibility. People will not vote for someone who has a bigger ego than his balls.
    What a jerk.

  5. What a joke....that Heretic is.

    Then there is The Donald......a lot of people gave him credit for Romney's win? WHO???? Haven't heard or read ANYONE crediting Trump. This man's ego is incredible. Frankly, I think Romney was sort of embarrassed by Trump's endorsement but hey...money is money for these two.

  6. Trump's antics more closely match Gingrich. They are both so freakin' funny!

  7. Sort of like Obama taking credit for killing Osama...

  8. Amazing,...The Donald thinks he's relevant

  9. When Romney came to Las Vegas to accept "The Donald's" endorsement, he did not realize it was all about Trump and had nothing to do with him. Trump will turn on Romney, as he has others, if it suits his own publicity needs.

  10. Is Mr. Trump also going to take "credit" when Mr. Romney is not elected President?