- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that in addition to the ties he has with traditionally conservative voting blocs, he thinks he will win support from many Democrats in the 2016 race for the White House.

“When Mitt Romney ran, there was a tremendous, millions of people that are Republicans and conservative Republicans and evangelicals and people that I have a great relationship with, they sat home for some reason, and they did not vote,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, referring to the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. “You know that. And I’m talking about millions of people, and had they gotten up and voted for Mitt Romney, he would have won the election. And people are forgetting about that.”

“Plus, I think me, more than anybody else, I’ll go across lines,” Mr. Trump said. “I think I’ll have a lot of Democrat[s]. You know, Reagan had Democrats for Reagan, it was a very big group of people and a very big bloc.”

“I think I will have a lot of Democrats voting for me - far more than any Republican for the last long period of time,” he said. “I will say this, and I will say this, you know, very strongly - the Republican conservatives were not energized in the last election. Had they been energized and had they voted, you would have seen victory for Mitt Romney.”

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