Donald Trump has surged to the top of Republican 2012 polls after wholeheartedly embracing and vigorously touting in recent weeks the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
But the billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star — who insists he’s serious about running for president — has frequently changed his political leanings and policy positions on issues of interest to GOP voters. Although Trump has so far been unhindered by his flip-flops, presidential candidates ultimately have to answer for their past remarks.
Here are 10 past quotes that could sink Trump’s hopes of capturing the Republican nomination.
9) “By imposing a one-time 14.25 percent net-worth tax on the richest individuals and trusts, we can put America on sound financial footing for the next century.”
–Writing in his book, The America We Deserve, January 2000
10) “I think he [Obama] has a chance to go down as a great president.”
–Interview with NY1, November 2008
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