In a startling move to the political world, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump formally announced a run for President earlier today, submitting his paperwork to the Federal Election Commission to run in the Republican primary.
Readers at IPR will note that Trump explored a run for President on the Reform Party line in 2000. In addition, he considered running for office in 1988, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
Even Roger Stone, the infamous New York political consultant who advised Kristin Davis’ gubernatorial run in 2010, may have been surprised by the quick time frame of the decision. He told POLITICO in a recent interview that, “Any discussion of his running for president is not nearly that far along.”
Former Independent Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura was enthusiastic, recounting his first impression of Trump as “this guy [who] knows how to do business.” Trump and Ventura appear to have a positive relationship dating back to Wrestlemania during the 1990s.
1988 Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, who endured criticism from the host of the once-popular television show “The Apprentice” at CPAC this year, was more dismissive. “I don’t know how many elections he’s won so far himself,” Paul told one pundit during a CNN interview.
It appears that Trump has thus far won zero elections.