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“I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE A GREAT PRESIDENT”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 14, 2016) — At the 1988 Republican National Convention, 42-year-old businessman Donald Trump expressed political support for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, who received the nomination for president that year.
Bush ran against former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, garnering 426 electoral votes against Dukakis’s 111.
Dan Quayle ran as Bush’s vice president. Former Congressman Ron Paul ran as the Libertarian presidential candidate that year.
In the interview, Trump praised both Bush and Quayle.
At the time, Trump said that he identified as an “eastern Republican,” as suggested by the interviewer.
In Saturday night’s debate, presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is George H.W. Bush’s son, accused Trump of “attacking” his family members, including his father.
At the time, Trump said he enjoyed politics but ruled out a run for public office. When he was asked, “Why are you here?” Trump responded that he was at the convention as “an observer.”
“The people that I do best with are the people who drive the taxis…you know, wealthy people don’t like me because I’m competing against them all the time, and they don’t like me; I like to win. The fact is, I go down the streets of New York, and the people that really like me are the taxi drivers and the workers…”
Trump said that he “was with” George Bush earlier that day and predicted that he would “be a great president.” He also indicated that he had given Bush “a little bit of help” and that he would “help him a little more,” even though he believed Bush did not need it.