After a roller-coaster flirtation[abcnews.com] with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion on Monday, saying that while he would not be a candidate this year, if he had run, he would have been able to win the primary and the general election too.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement on Monday. "I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."
Trump, who had contemplated running for president in years past, seemed poised take the plunge this time around. He even had a tentative date set for a campaign announcement: May 25 in the atrium of Trump Tower in New York City.
"This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country," Trump said in the statement. "I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly."
In the end, however, his decision almost certainly had more to do with his lucrative NBC television contract for his "Apprentice" franchise than anything else.
Trump is a joke as a presidential candidate, a business "man" and a human being. I wonder how many people he alienated with his BS attacks on Obama. Anyone else reminded of the Simpsons episode where Burns runs for office? It felt like Trump wrote his speeches right after watching the Simpsons episode.
"How do you identify a capitalist? Well, it's someone who reads Rand's Atlas Sharted. And how do you identify someone who knows Rand is FOS? It's someone who actually finished the book!" - Ronald McDonald
Guess what, I don't reply to you because I am on your ignore list.
His purpose was/is to make lots of money and I guess becoming president might have actually resulted in a net loss for him, as the price of a presidential campaign seems to be upwards of a billion dollars now.
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