Donald Trump “Seriously” Considering a Run for President in 2012

Trump says this is the first time he has “seriously” considered running, but third party advocates will remember that he flirted with seeking the Reform Party nomination in 2000.

Trump cites trade as his main reason for considering a run.

“The Apprentice” host cited what he called the “unfair” trade relationship between America and China and the administration’s inability to utilize the country’s top business talent in trade negotiations as his main reasons for mulling a run.

Trump says he “guess(es)” he would run as a Republican this time around.

28 thoughts on “Donald Trump “Seriously” Considering a Run for President in 2012

  1. Brian

    This begs one crucially important question. Is America ready to elect someone with such a bad dye job?

  2. Peter Gemma

    The trade issue could indeed be a factor in the election and bring together some odd alliances. For example, the Korea “Free Trade” deal that Bush II negotiated (but couldn’t get through Congress) is now being offered by Obama in a slightly tweaked version. A majority of Democrats plus a range of others including Ron Paul and Ralph Nader are pitted against Obama, multi-national corporations and most GOPers. It’s a son of Nafta fight that could very much affect the base of both parties – paving the way for alternative parties and candidates – like “the Donald.”

  3. Robert Capozzi

    Those are very weak issues to run on. Yes, some might want to hear a protectionist message, but generally people like products from China, else Wal*Mart’d not be doing so well. As for the negotiating team, is he serious? That’s about as inside baseball as it gets!

    Odds are high this is a stunt, and not a very compelling one, IMO.

  4. NewFederalist

    Odds are high this is a stunt, and not a very compelling one, IMO.

    Like the ratings for The Apprentice are SO bad that this is his way to try to save his extremely tired show?

  5. Robert Capozzi

    NF, Trump is the consummate self-promoter, perhaps the most effective of our times. The Apprentice is just part of the Trump brand, probably a small part. All TV shows lose their cachet over time, but it did help to burnish the Trump image, which has risen and fallen for decades.

    I’d say it’s the opposite…The Apprentice re-launched Trump in many ways, and a run for president would be his next thing.

    I definitely would like to see Trump debating Jimmy McMillan. It could become like the ’03 CA guv field…we’re missing Gary Coleman about now! 😉 Maybe Howard Stern could take his place….

    I like some light-heartedness in my politics!

  6. RedPhillips

    @Robert#5, actually economic populists left and right are a large segnment of the population and are not represented by either party. The Dems pretend to be for the working man and unions, but they are as much in the pocket of big business as are the Republicans. Surveys show a majority of Republicans oppose free trade and an even larger majority of Tea Partiers do. (I’ll find the link to the survey and post it.) So there is a huge potential opening for an economic populist, especially among the GOP base.

  7. Robert Capozzi

    rp, yes, I’m aware of the populist, anti-trade threat. It could become a top-tier issue to run on, but I hope not and I doubt it. When it’s coupled with “hey, let’s get better negotiators,” I really don’t see a non-populist, NY wheeler-dealer gaining a whole lotta traction with the R primary voters in Iowa, NH, or SC. Trump’s positioning would be at least as foreign as Guiliani’s in 08. He’s pro-choice, too. That’s a non-starter in the GOP these days.

    I do want to see him and Jimmy going at it, though. Should be good for many, many belly laughs.

  8. Gene Berkman

    Donald Trump is a mixed economy parasite who has relied on eminent domain and tax funded subsidies for many of his developments. Hardly a populist.

    Still, the Donald has been less reliant on taxpayer money for his wealth than Ross Perot, who made all his money with government contracts and never earned an honest dollar in his life.

  9. Richard Winger

    Gene, your assertion about Ross Perot is not true. He was a paperboy when he was very young, and I suspect there are other exceptions to your generalization. And no one should doubt his heroism when he traveled to Iran right after the 1979 revolution, to save his employees. He could easily have been captured and held for ransom, but he managed to get in and out without that happening.

  10. Gene Berkman

    Richard – OK I guess he did make an honest dollar as a paperboy.

    Perot’s connection to Iran was a contract to computerize the Iran Social Security administration – a government agency. It is believed that the Shah was using the SSA not only for social benefit purposes, but to keep track of the entire Iranian population.

  11. Opeach Obama, FYI! [Lake]

    As a university student in the ‘long long ago’ I remember Iranians in the USA feeling that they were being ‘watched’ in America. My ROTC cadet roomie and I lent our mailing address for one of the anti government news letters.

    Some how, the editors were ‘arms length’ at a distant campus, military folks enuf to paid us a visit. They did not demand that we ‘cease and desist’ and we continued our activities of mailing and some time producing the news paper. We, how ever, were ‘impressed’ with the fact that full bird colonials knew of such a semi clandestine organ.

  12. Opeach Obama, FYI! [Lake]

    NewFederalist // Jan 12, 2011:

    “I like some light-heartedness in my politics! AND… a bad comb over to boot! ;)”

    [Lake: Not me! Sick to my stomach (in various ways) of the JFK – Nixon 1960 thing (distrusted both)! I started hating the Democans and the Republicrats with a purple passion by the 1970s.]

  13. paulie

    Both are “free trade” parties.

    Good thing you put “free trade” in quotes, as neither are actually free trade parties.

  14. paulie

    I really don’t see a non-populist, NY wheeler-dealer gaining a whole lotta traction with the R primary voters in Iowa, NH, or SC. Trump’s positioning would be at least as foreign as Guiliani’s in 08. He’s pro-choice, too. That’s a non-starter in the GOP these days.

    He may be more suited for the new Americans Elect (formerly Unity 08/Unity 12).

  15. paulie

    Donald Trump is a mixed economy parasite who has relied on eminent domain and tax funded subsidies for many of his developments. Hardly a populist.

    He projects a populist image. Like many others who do so, it does not jibe with reality, but may sell nevertheless.

  16. Carol Moore

    I heard him talking about it on Fox News. He wants to kick Opecs butt – which sounded to me like he wants to invade a few of the weaker nations. (So that’s who the Saudis are buying those fighter jets to protect against – the Donald!) A real demagogue and hopefully enough of a joke we don’t have to worry much.

  17. A Different Green Party Conservative

    Donald Trump will join the Green Party. Donald Trump will travel to Germany later this year and campaign for the Green Party, and they will win the German elections with 60% of the vote. Then Donald Trump will set forth the great Green Party conservative movement and he can choose from such great future Green Party running mates, like Gabrielle Giffords, Sarah Palin, or Michael Kavlan. I think any of those would be good choices.

  18. Churchill2004

    I think the answer is obvious:Trump/Root 2012!

    Because we might as well cut to the chase and elect shameless self-promoters as opposed to the self-promoters who feign humility.

  19. Bobby Stephen from NH

    Bobby Stephen St Patrick’s Dinner Event on March 17th would like to invite Donald Trump to the our event. the event raises funds for disadvantaged students in the way of scholarships for college, this has been a 501-c-3 since the year of 2000, although this tradition has been since 1978, New Hampshire being the first primary in the nation, our board would be honorerd to have Donald Trump at our dinner event on March 17th to address the attendees, we usually have in attendance (700) hundred folks, I can be reached by phone (603)627-2071 or e-mail, Bobby@stephenlaw.com

    Thank You, BobbyStephen

  20. paulie

    Just a thought, on the odd chance you stop back by here; you may wish to actually find contact information for Trump, say at his business offices, rather than leaving comments on a blog that anyone working for Trump probably won’t see.

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