Donald Trump, former Reform Party candidate, announces for GOP nomination

Donald Trump has formally announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President. 

In 2000, Trump briefly sought the nomination of the Reform Party, campaigning against eventual nominee Pat Buchanan. He appeared on the presidential primary ballot in a few states, including winning in California and Michigan. On February 14, 2000 he dropped out of the race, and then formally left the Reform Party in 2001. During that campaign, he took some positions that might place him at odds with today’s GOP primary voters, most notably calling for a substantial one-time wealth tax on the rich to pay off the national debt.

Trump has also publicly explored running in 1988, 2004, 2008, and 2012, variously as an independent or Republican candidate.

14 thoughts on “Donald Trump, former Reform Party candidate, announces for GOP nomination

  1. George Phillies

    The Democratic National Committee apparently welcomed Trump to the race, saying that he added an element of serious discussion the the Republican primary campaign.

  2. Joe Wendt

    I remember in 2000, Mad Magazine said it best with a real good Mt Rushmore graphic:

    Beatty, Buchanan, Ventura, Trump: A Monumental Disaster

  3. Jed Ziggler

    Onion Candidate Profile: Donald Trump


    Wife: Unsatisfied
    Net Worth: 3-4 presidential elections
    Role: Billionaire who will have smallest impact on presidential race
    Campaign Slogan: “I’m Going To Do This Every Four Years Until I Die”
    Are We Just Enabling Him: Yes

  4. Andy Craig Post author

    Fivethirtyeight notes that Trump starts his 2016 campaign with, by far, the highest disapproval rating on record for any major-party candidate ever: 57% of Republicans already don’t like him. The previous record-holder? Buchanan 2000, before he dropped out of the GOP, and went on to defeat Trump for the Reform nod.

  5. Mark Axinn

    Trump ranks 12th out of the 13 declared Republicans.

    The only person lower is former NYS Gov. George Pataki, whom no one west of the Hudson River has ever heard of.

  6. NewFederalist

    I understand the attempt to link Trump to the Reform Party and thus a segue to an IPR article. But why? What other GOP candidates will get coverage here?

  7. Joe Wendt

    Hey hey, don’t mess with Pataki. I’d vote for Pataki over Clinton, Bush, Sanders, and Gary Johnson. Too bad he probably won’t make it past the Florida primary.

  8. Andy Craig Post author

    ” What other GOP candidates will get coverage here?”

    How many others have previously run or held office as a third-party or independent candidate? I don’t know of any others in the current field of likely/declared GOP candidates..

    The only others who’ve major-party announcements I’ve covered here for the same reason are Sanders and Chafee, both of whom are running as Democrats.

  9. Jed Ziggler

    The announcement is newsworthy, we’ve covered other opposition-turned-duopoly candidates, including the aforementioned Sanders and Chaffee, as well as Bob Barr, Tom Hoefling, and Jack Fellure. Any further coverage, unless it comes from an opposition party source, is not warranted.

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