Billionaire realtor, reality TV show host and best selling author has been hinting about a possible bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential race.
Recently Trump has been in the news ranting about the possibility that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is demanding to see further proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. Many see this as a moot point since Obama did produce a certificate of live birth to the media back in 2008. Still, Trump claims that the circumstances surrounding Obama’s birth is a…”strange situation.” Trump went further by questioning why no one knows the name of the hospital where Obama was born.
Back in 2000 Trump explored a possible bid as an Independent candidate for the Reform party.
In February Trump was invited to speak at the CPAC convention in Washington DC. In his typical style, Trump told the crowd of conservatives that Ron Paul (Rep.-Texas) had no chance of winning the 2012 election. This garnered many boos from Paul supporters, but the rest of his speech was met with thunderous applause.
Trump is supporting the standard Republican ideals such as pro-life, anti-gun control, anti-gay marriage, promising to not raise taxes, and anti-Obama care.
But will the thrice married Trump appeal to the American people? Sure, everyone knows who he is—he’s practically an American institution, but will he appeal to the Republican base enough to garner a nomination? Trump has no political experience per se.
"There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people," President Obama's chief adviser David Plouffe told ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." Democrats seem to not be taking Trump seriously.
“Obviously, I hit a nerve because they’re fighting me,” Trump said recently. “I don’t hear them talking about Mr. Pawlenty [former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty] or anybody else. They are talking only about Trump. I can tell you I’m their worst nightmare. I am not the person they want to run against. They know it and I know it. I know it for a fact because I have a lot of people that frankly are contributors to him and they tell me, Donald, you are not the person they want to run against.”
Interestingly, The Public Policy Polling survey, released Tuesday, shows 27% of voters support the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney- but Trump comes within striking distance with 21% in New Hampshire, the state that historically holds the nation's first presidential primary.
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Trump says he will decide whether or not to run for the Republican ticket by June.