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Sunday
Jan292012

Donald Trump Stokes Presidential Bid Rumors

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is keeping the door open to a possible presidential bid, stoking rumors again Sunday that he could toss his hat into the ring and run as an independent if he does not believe the eventual Republican nominee can beat President Obama.

“It’s not something I want to do, but if I don’t see a person that, number one, is going to win I would certainly think about doing it after the show ends,” Trump said on CBS’ Face the Nation, referring to his reality TV show The Apprentice, which ends in May.

Trump said he is considering endorsing one of the current GOP candidates. If the man he endorses wins the nomination, Trump said he “absolutely would not run.”

But the millionaire real estate mogul said the Republican candidates are “hurting themselves” and their chances of beating Obama because the “level of hatred” in the primary race is so high.

Obama advisor David Axelrod agreed, telling NBC’s David Gregory that the primary process “isn’t helping” Mitt Romney, in particular, and that as a result, the primary race “will go on for a while.”

“I still think he is a weak frontrunner,” Axelrod said on Meet the Press. “He overpowered [Newt] Gingrich in Florida with a spending advantage and very negative campaign. He’s still under water nationally.”

But former GOP candidate Michele Bachmann said the often scathing back-and-forth between frontrunners was just “the normal rough and tumble of a campaign.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus agreed, saying “tough” primaries such as this serve to make the eventual nominee “tougher and battle tested.”

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