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Trump In '08: Romney A Better Veep Pick Than Palin, Praised Hillary

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Posted on January 19, 2016, at 2:32 p.m. ET

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In a December 2008 blog post, Donald Trump praised Hillary Clinton and said Mitt Romney would have been a better pick than Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate.

There has been speculation, based on Palin's flight plans, that the former Alaska governor might endorse Trump Tuesday night in Iowa.

"Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person, and so is her husband," wrote Trump. "Bill Clinton was a great president. They are fine people. Hillary was roughed up by the media, and it was a tough campaign for her, but she's a great trouper. Her history is far from being over.

Turning to Palin, Trump said Romney would have been better for McCain.

"Romney would have been a better choice, but she revived interest in the Republican Party," wrote Trump.

In one CNN interview also from 2008 — in which he also said Barack Obama should have picked Clinton as his vice president — Trump said he was impressed with McCain picking Palin.

Read the post below:

The second half of my interview with Dominic Carter brought up some interesting points. Being a New York based television show, he asked me what I thought of Governor Patterson, the Governor of New York. As I've gotten to know him, I can say he's smart, sharp and street-wise, and I expect that he will handle the problems that this state has for him and very well.

Dominic did a word-association test on me with some well-known names in New York (and nationwide for that matter), and here were some of my comments:

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City: Michael Bloomberg is a friend, a great mayor, and he's done an amazing job for the city. The other thing I mentioned is that he doesn't want, or need, my contribution or your contribution. Regarding his running for a third term, I think the ultimate term limit would be to vote someone out. He's done great things for the city and will continue to do so.

Hillary Clinton: Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person, and so is her husband. Bill Clinton was a great President. They are fine people. Hillary was roughed up by the media, and it was a tough campaign for her, but she's a great trouper. Her history is far from being over.

Rudy Giuliani: Rudy got the city started toward greatness.

Ray Kelly (Police Commissioner of New York City): Ray is a great leader who has done a fantastic job. The city has the lowest crime rate ever since he's been in charge.

Sarah Palin: Romney would have been a better choice, but she revived interest in the Republican Party.

We also discussed Freedom Tower, and the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were iconic. They were not great architecture, but when they went down, everyone loved them. To me, Freedom Tower is like a white elephant. There's no market right now. My idea was that we should build two towers, make them one story taller than the original towers, but stronger. The ultimate signal would have been sent out. The New York Post received more letters than ever about that idea, it was very popular. But now? Freedom Tower will provide 10 million square feet of office space when the city is experiencing vacancy in business buildings.

All in all, it was a great interview, and we can continue to expect insightful coverage from Dominic Carter.

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