TODAY   |  September 18, 2012

Trump’s RNC video unveiled as Romney retools

NBC News airs a video featuring Donald Trump that was due to be shown at the Republican National Convention but canceled due to Hurricane Isaac. Meanwhile, the Romney campaign struggles to regain its footing after several missteps. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> another political video obtained by nbc news, this one featuring donald trump . we're going to talk to him in a moment, but first nbc 's peter alexander is with the romney campaign in los angeles . peter, good morning.

>> reporter: matt, good morning to you. we'll show you clips of that video in a moment, but before he got wrapped up in damage control late monday, mitt romney had just received his first national security briefing that took place here in los angeles . he had also made another big appeal to a critical demographic, that's latinos. the romney campaign began this week by announcing a reset of sorts, promising to lay out more policy specifics, to try to reinforce its message of the need, not just to fire the president but why people needed to hire romney . meanwhile, nbc news, us a noted, has obtained that video featuring one of romney 's most colorful surrogates, donald trump .

>> let's see what you've been up to? this is your review.

>> reporter: the never-before-seen video shows trump conducting a mock performance review with an actor playing the president. sources say it was produced by the republican national committee and intended to air at the convention.

>> just recently you said.

>> the private sector is doing fine.

>> the private sector is dying. you had some clear objectives when you took the reins. you promised hope and change. how did you do there? you've run up almost as much debt as every other president combined. i know, i know, it wasn't your fault. it's never anybody's fault. you've inherit it had, right? the fact is the american people want results. president obama , you're fired.

>> we reached out to the romney campaign for their thoughts on the video. we did not hear back. sources say that video, matt, was scheduled to air on the convention's first night, monday night. of course, that night never took place because it was canceled due to hurricane isaac , and the video was never shown.

>> peter alexander on this. thank