(WASHINGTON) -- How serious is millionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump about running for president in 2012?
Serious enough to score a last-minute speaking slot on the first day of one of the largest gatherings of political conservatives in the country. Trump will address the Conservative Political Action Conference at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
He has been floating the possibility of entering the presidential race for several months and his surprise speech at CPAC has heightened speculation.
Trump, the host of the television show The Apprentice, told CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday night he is “seriously thinking” about running.
“I hate what's happened to this country,” he said. “We're a laughingstock throughout the world.” Trump said he would decide by June whether to jump into the race.
And his backers are already trying to stir up excitement about a potential candidacy.
Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and Trump’s special counsel, recently started the Web site, http://shouldtrumprun.com/
“The enthusiasm shown by people from every location around the country has been enormous,” Cohen said in an interview with ABC News. “Americans are frustrated and tired of listening to the same old promises election year after election year, and they’re ready for a real change by someone who can legitimately improve the lives of every American citizen.”
Cohen described the response they have received on a section of the Web site called “Your Voices” as “warming.”
“Please run! We need a business leader,” wrote one commenter on the site.
Cohen said Should Trump Run has received more than 311,000 visits and counting.
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