TODAY | October 12, 2012
>>> lucky number 13 donald trump is bringing back a group of all-stars from previous seasons. we'll unveil the cast in just a little while, but first donald trump , good morning. good to see you.
>> good morning.
>> you were live tweeting during the vice presidential debate last night. your overall impression, who won?
>> really very even. both did a really good job, i have to say. very different. but both were solid. it was not like the first debate where actually mitt was very good and the president had an off night.
>> you know, can i say, a little surprised at your tweets because you are partisan in this.
>> i am.
>> and i thought you would be pumping ryan and saying what a great job and biden is bad, and you really were very much down the center of the road.
>> very much like "the apprentice." i really am fair. i'm basically a fair person. i think the vice president did a great job, and i think both sides really did a good job, and very, very different.
>> do you think that joe biden accomplished what some people said he had to accomplish last night which was to steady the ship and get momentum at least either back on the president's side or at least away from mitt romney .
>> i do. he gave it a little energy, and, again, it was very good, two very talented guys, two good guys, but he gave it some energy. the democrats needed that. i'll tell you what. the president really got beaten by mitt, and they really needed a boost. so i don't say, you know, it wasn't a victory, but he did stabilize the ship.
>> are you happy with the romney campaign right now? in the last couple of weeks he has clearly moved towards the center, way closer to the center than he was during the primaries and the early part of the campaign. his comments on abortion out in ohio. are you hearing from mitt romney what you want to hear from him right now?
>> yes, i am. i think he's doing amazingly. it started with the debate. we were all a little bit worried for a while. he just knocked it out of the park in the debate, and you look at polls, he's generally winning.
>> but you think he's the same candidate that you signed on with several months ago?
>> i think he's a great candidate.
>> same candidate?
>> yes, i think he's a great candidate.
>> let's get to your cast, okay?
>> all right.
>> got your teammates and your members of the cast for the 13th season of " celebrity apprentice ." why don't we introduce them. we've get bret michaels , claude yo jordan, gary busey , lisa renner, littlejohn, dee snider .
>> look at dennis, are you?
>> brandy, and we have stephen baldwin , trace atkins who has become a big monster in the music world because of trump. i want like 10%. mary lou , the greatest memory of them all and penn gillette . i can't get tickets to his shows in los angeles anymore.
>> guys, welcome. good to have you here. i'm looking over the group. you're the only one who has won this thing, is that true in.
>> this year is going to be insane competition, insane. the level is going to be crazy.
>> why would you come back? isn't it a lose-lose situation for you? you've already won the thing
>> i don't look at it like that.
>> i agree with matt.
>> you know, the other winners are going to be hosts with me.
>> you're the only one on the show, and i was surprised you came back, but i think it's great.
>> last time i was -- i was really sick, and this time i'm ready to come back, but being a lifelong diabetic, i'm ready.
>> there's steven and trace, were you on the same season.
>> any bad blood simmering between the two of you. any vendettas to be settled?
>> i hate him.
>> i love it.
>> how is it -- how is it going to go this year? you going to bring back old rivalries?
>> i think so far it's been very sweet and peaceful and calm, but that's kind of scary. i think we've got a couple of zingers that are coming. should be very exciting.
>> lisa, you were the second contestant fired during your season.
>> yes, thanks, matt, i was.
>> not the best performance.
>> so based on what you know about this show now, how do you improve on that?
>> well, again, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. i didn't really get a shot last time. i didn't get to get my groove on, so let's see. i don't really know what i'm capable of.
>> speaking of not getting a shot last time, gary, you complained last time that everybody ganged up on you.
>> that's true. they did. the name of our group was back bone, but i changed the name to back stabbers. it was tough, but i endured.
>> why would you put yourself back in the position?
>> because i'm a champion.
>> the heart of a lion.
>> the heart of everything.
>> mary lou , last time you were on the show was for your memory. you've got this incredible memory. do you remember the moment he fired you?
>> oh, yes, absolutely. it was november the 1st, it was a thursday. yes, absolutely.
>> how are you going to do things differently this time in.
>> there's a different energy with this group. everybody has been through it before. everybody knows what to expect. people, we know each other's strengths and weaknesses and have seen the show. i think people are here to have a great time and to support their charity.
>> all right. dennis, last time you were on the show you got kind of ushered away, and there were kes about you and your physical and mental state at the time.
>> well, that's just the way it is. i don't hide behind the bushes.
>> people thought that you had a drinking problem, okay? how are you now?
>> i'm fine, brother. i'm fine. mr. trump, very nice to bring gummy back for the third time and like i said, you know, you don't have to like me for me to win this whole thing. like a basketball game. here to play and win and to have a good time.
>> guys on the end, littlejohn looking at you, fourth last time?
>> okay. so you're not the underdog. i think you surprised a lot of people last time, so how do you go about trying to win this this time?
>> have fun and just enjoy myself and play the game .
>> if there is an evil genius in this group, i think i know who it is, would you agree it's penn?
>> oh. goodness.
>> not me, sir.
>> definitely not evil. he's a genius but not evil.
>> season 13 , guys, have fun, all right. you have fun as well.
>> thank you.
>> this thing's been going on for a long time. great to have you guys.
>> appreciate it.
>> and by the way, we should mention the other cast members who could not be here today, am omorosa is still on the show.
>> she might get fired.
>> i would think for not being here.
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