(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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