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Thursday
Feb102011

Donald Trump: If I Run for President ‘This Country Will Be Respected Again’

Phto Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a speech designed to introduce himself to the conservative community, multimillionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump showed he isn’t worried about offending anybody -- not the Obama administration and not even one of the conservative movement’s most popular political figures.

“I like Ron Paul, I think he's a good guy but honestly he just has zero chance of getting elected,” Trump said to a chorus of loud boos from the crowd.

Paul has become a perennially popular figure at the annual CPAC conference in Washington where Trump spoke on Thursday. Last year Paul won CPAC’s presidential straw poll.

But Trump was undeterred by the mixed reception he received at the convention.

“If I run and if I win,” he said, “this country will be respected again. I can tell you that.”

He told the crowd that he would decide by June whether or not he would enter the Republican presidential primary. Trump said the Obama administration had badly bungled almost all aspects of policy -- foreign and domestic.

“The United States has become a whipping post for the rest of the world,” he said. “The world is treating us without respect -- they are not treating us properly.”

During his speech, which was added to the CPAC agenda at the last-minute, Trump hinted that the time may be right for him to run for president, arguing that he had had at least as much experience as President Obama.

“Our current president came out of nowhere,” Trump said.

He laid out his policy viewpoints in straightforward terms: “I’m pro-life. I’m against gun control, and I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense for people in business and not bankrupt the country.”

Trump added, “If I decide to run, I will not be raising taxes.” He also pledged to help America regain a competitive advantage with China and other countries that he said “are screwing us.”

He said, “I’ve always been told that a person of great accomplishment or achievement cannot become a politician or run for political office” saying that most people who fall into that category -- and he certainly seemed to be including himself -- don’t want that kind of scrutiny.

“That is the kind of person that the country needs and we need it now,” Trump said. “This country is in serious trouble."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb102011

Donald Trump Wades Deeper Into 2012 Presidential Fray at CPAC

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov182010

Exclusive: Donald Trump to Run for Presidency? Will Decide by June

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Real estate tycoon, reality show star and now a presidential candidate?  Donald Trump told ABC News he is seriously considering a run for the White House and will make a final decision by June.

“I am thinking about things.  And I'm looking at this country and what's happened in terms of respect.  And the respect for this country is just not there,” Trump said.  “I have many people from China that I do business with, they laugh at us.  They feel we're fools.  And almost being led by fools.  And they can't believe what they're getting away with.”

The United States is a “whipping post” right now and China is “getting away with murder” because it’s manipulating its currency, he said.  But he claims all of that would stop under a Trump administration.  He would start by tackling the price of oil and taxing China -- even though they are our bankers, Trump insists we still have control.

“I don't think the bankers have the cards.  I think you have the cards.  And in this case, in the case of China, you literally are taxing China, you'll pay off your debt very quickly.  And don't forget, you're talking about trade war, right,” he said.

Trump would run as a Republican and didn’t rule out a self-funded campaign.  He said he could “very easily” spend more than $200 million on it.

If his poll numbers hold up and if “the country continues to be taken advantage of by the world” then he said he would run.

"I'm going to make a decision probably by June,” Trump said.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct062010

Donald Trump Considering Presidential Bid

Photo Courtesy - Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Real estate tycoon-turned-reality TV host Donald Trump is thinking of a new career -- as president of the United States. Trump said via phone on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Tuesday that he is looking at a possible 2012 bid because "this country will not be great if something isn't done rapidly."

"For the first time in life, I am absolutely thinking about it," Trump announced. Except, this is not the first time. Trump has been flirting with the idea for nearly two decades. He first suggested running on the Republican ticket in 1988 and, in 2007, he floated the idea of having Oprah Winfrey as his running mate. On Tuesday, he said he will run as a Republican.

If history is any guide, Trump’s chances of winning, or even coming close, are very slim. Ross Perot, another billionaire businessman who founded the Reform Party, unsuccessfully ran for president twice.

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