Donald Trump is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Manchester, N.H. Trump was the guest speaker at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, a regular meeting with New Hampshire's business leaders at Saint Anselm College. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Trump to Bauerle: 'I Believe I Will Win'
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) On the eve on his visit to Western New York, Donald Trump phoned into Tom Bauerle's show on WBEN Thursday afternoon. Trump says if he runs, he believes he will win.
Trump did not commit to running Thursday, but says he told New York GOP Chairman he has "to learn how to win. You're just not doing that, and if you look at the Republican Party, they haven't won in a long time." He says if Cox wants Rob Astorino to run, "he's got zero chance of winning." Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, is also considering a campaign. "Rob can't raise the money, and Andrew Cuomo has close to $40 million right now, and unless you're going to raise or have a lot of money, you're not going to be able to compete," warns Trump.
When Trump brought up the topic of economic development, "There's nothing happening in Buffalo, that's for sure," he noted.
Trump says the last thing he wants is going to a primary. "I can tell you right now, the last thing I want is going to a primary and win, but come out limping against someone with a 2 to 1 advantage, Democrats to Republicans," claims Trump. Trump says he would run because he loves New York, but won't run without a unified party. Trump says he can spend the money to challenge Cuomo.
Trump says Carl Paladino is a very passionate man. "He is a fantastic guy, and he was hurt badly by the lack of cohesion by Ed Cox and all these characters," says Trump about Paladino's 2010 run. That's why he wants to have total unification within the GOP.
Trump believes the response to his fundraising event at Salvatore's Italian Gardens shows New York Republicans want someone who can win. He warns it may be the last chance a Republican has to win the governor's office in the Empire State.