ABC News’ Kevin Dolak reports:
Fresh off the news of a new poll showing him leading the pack of Republicans lining up to take on President Obama in 2012, Donald Trump reiterated his “birther” claims today at a Tea Party rally in Boca Raton, Fla., and blamed George W. Bush for Obama being in office.
“[Obama] lives in the world of the make-believe, and even the fact that he became president is the world of the make believe,” Trump said before an audience of hundreds during his keynote speech.
“George W. Bush gave us Obama, and I’m not happy about it. We have a man right now that will almost certainly go down as the worst Pres in the history of the U.S.,” he said.
During his speech, Trump criticized the president on major issues including the ongoing deficit struggle, the economy and the U.S. role in the conflict in Libya and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We can’t afford education, we can’t afford to build a road, and now we’re in Iraq, Afghan, and now Libya,” he said. “What we’re doing over there is ridiculous.”
On the subject of Iraq, the real estate tycoon and host of “The Apprentice” posited that once the U.S. military completely leaves the country, it will be taken over by Iran “within minutes.”
Trump also made clear his stance on a number of hot-button issues, including his pro-life and anti-gun control stances.
While repeatedly referring to the “terrible” state of the economy, Trump indicated that if he were to win the presidency, “China and OPEC and all of the many nations ripping off this country of ours … will be a pleasure to deal with.”
Still Trump has not quite put his cards on the table in terms of a 2012 bid, but made it clear that he feels if he wins, he will be a wild success.
“If I decide to run, if I win, I will not be raising taxes, but will be taking in billions of dollars from other countries and will be creating vast numbers of productive jobs, and will rebuild our country,” he said. “The U.S. will be great again.
In a Public Policy Polling National Republican Presidential Poll surveying 400 Republican primary voters, Trump came in at 26 percent, leading 2008 GOP hopefuls Mike Huckabee, who came in at 17 percent, and Mitt Romney, at 15 percent.
Former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and Florida Rep. Alan West also appeared at the event in Boca Raton’s Sanborn Square.