Donald Trump at CPAC: Ron Paul ‘has zero chance of getting elected’

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has had some success in presidential politics, especially during his 2008 attempt and in the early stages of the 2012 election cycle. He raised $20 million last time around and won the 2010 CPAC straw poll looking forward to the next presidential campaign. But none of that matters according to real-estate mogul Donald Trump.

On Thursday at the CPAC conference in Washington, Trump addressed the audience about his own potential 2012 run and how there was a lack of good candidates, including Ron Paul.

“So I have a reputation for telling it like it is,” Trump said. “I’m known for my candor. I’ve had a lot of great victories and I may be willing to put that to work. I wish that – frankly, I wish that there was a candidate that I saw that would be fantastic because I love what I’m doing.  In fact I have a great club that’s 15 minutes away. By the way, Ron Paul cannot get elected, sorry to say.”

He said he liked Paul, but didn’t see him as a viable candidate. Trump added that if he were elected, the country would be “respected” again.

“And you know what else? I like Ron Paul. I think he’s a good guy. But honestly, he has just zero chance of getting elected,” Trump said. “You have to win an election. And I can tell you this – if I run, and if I win, this country will be respected again – this country will be respected again. I can tell you that.”