October Surprises: Donald Trump Obama Announcement & Gloria Allred Romney Announcement
on Oct 24, 2012 02:10 PM EDT
The "October Surprises" on Wednesday has made Oct. 24 quite eventful for the presidential candidates.
Donald Trump and famed attorney Gloria Allred had a fierce competition to see who would drop the biggest news bomb that relates to the election.
Trump, a renowned Republican who is Team Romney, made an announcement via Twitter and Facebook at 12 p.m. EST. As assumed, it was related to President Obama's past. Meanwhile, Allred is spending October Surprise Day in a Boston court to request the removal of a gag order that would unseal court documents proving Romney lied under oath during a sworn testimony, according to a report.
In a move that may potentially end the "birther" controversy, Trump announced that he will write a check for $5 million dollars if the president can provide his college records, transcripts and passports to prove he was born in America. The deal, Trump said in a video he provided through his Twitter account, is something that would make "a lot of people will very, very happy to see happen." The check will be written to a charity of Obama's choice and it is something that Trump "very, very much" wants to write if his demands are met.
Trump posted the press release, a transcript of his video announcement, on his Facebook page. One hour after he posted the release it had over 12,000 likes. The video posted on YouTube garnered 4,000 likes and almost 8,000 dislikes.
He said the following in the video:
"I have a deal for the President---a deal that I do not believe that he can refuse, If Barack Obama agrees (or has the universities and colleges agree) to give all of his college records and applications and if he provides all of his passport records and applications, I will give to charity of his choice (inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, etc,) a check for five million dollars.
"The check will be given immediately after he releases the records so stated, or causes said records to be released. If he chooses to do this, he will be doing a great service not only to the charity, but also a great service to the country and indeed, himself."
"If he releases these records, it will end the question, and indeed the anger, of many Americans," Trump added. He then closes with a deadline for his request: "The records must be given by October 31st at 5 p.m. in the afternoon."
Allred, who is Team Obama, had an "October Surprise" of her very own: she is working hard to prove that Romney lied for his pal, Staples founder Tom Stemberg, in his divorce trial.
Stemberg's investment company Bain Capital was an early investor in Staples and Romney served on the company's board for years, according to Washington Post. Sources told TMZ that Romney swore in court that Tom's investments were "overvalued," and referred to him as a "dreamer." Romney's testimony affected Stemberg's ex-wife, Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, and her fair share in the divorce settlement. She ended up with very little. Weeks after the divorce was finalized, Romney and Stemberg allegedly went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in their Staples stock and ended up with a fortune. Allred is revealing that Romney lied and cheated Maureen and later received a big payday. The release of the documents with Romney's testimony could affect his chance at winning the presidential election.
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