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May 16, 2011 09:58 PM UTC

Surprise! Trump Won't Run for President!

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Not that anybody seriously thought that Donald Trump was going to run for President, but here’s the news anyway from our friends at “The Fix“:

“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. “Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

Trump’s decision brings to an end a several-months-long roller coaster ride in which the flamboyant celebrity pushed the debate over whether President Obama was born in the United States into the public eye, rose as high as second place in polling on the 2012 race and was the butt of jokes from the president himself during last month’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

Trump’s hand was likely forced by NBC’s decision to renew the “Celebrity Apprentice” for another season. That meant that Trump had to choose between his interest in presidential politics and his career as a reality television star. He, not surprisingly, chose the latter.

It was roughly a decade ago when Trump pulled a similar move when he appeared to be an all-but-certain candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination before bowing out.

Trump’s decision not to run is likely to be greeted by a sigh of relief by most Republican party strategists who viewed Trump as a major distraction for the more serious contenders for the nomination. [Pols emphasis]

Of course, it says a lot about the Republican field for President when the guy viewed by strategists as “a major distraction” actually topped some polls among Republican favorites for the GOP nomination.

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39 thoughts on “Surprise! Trump Won’t Run for President!

  1. 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.

    How strange since every poll I’ve seen has shown him sinking like a stone since he’s birther embarrassment. Well, that and Bin Laden getting offed after Trump suggested the President didn’t have a clue what he was doing on the war on terror. Oops. Double oops.  

    1. like a fox!

      You can both be right. He was wildly unpopular lately, and he also ranked above all the other even less popular or Republican candidates.

  2. called it. From the time Trump announced his interest O’Donnell said it was all about building his ratings on Apprentice and that as soon as he was renewed he’d drop out. But, it is a shame. We’d have found out a lot about the Tea Puppets. Of course he’d have probably borrowed on the White House and gotten it foreclosed upon.

    1. When Trump was on Letterman a couple of months ago, they finished the segment and Letterman said, “Oh, I forgot to ask you about the presidential race.  Oh, it doesn’t matter.  You’re not running.”

      1. TOO SANE FOR PARTY  INSANE/UNELECTABLE

        Romney                        Palin

        Huntsman                      Bachmann

        Pawlenty                      Paul

        Roemer                        Gingrich

                                            Trump

                                           Huckabee

                                            Bolton

        Dosen’t leave a lot to run with, does it ?

          1. by Huckabee regarding Obama.  He probably likes Obama’s family values a hell of a lot more than Gingich’s he just can’t say it in public.

            1. * That Obama has different values than most Americans b/c he was raised around “madrassas,” not going to boy scouts and the rotary club. (Read: that Obama has Muslim values, not American values)

              * That Obama has a different view of world affairs because he was raised “in Kenya” so he probably has a different understanding of the “mau-mau rebellion” against the British (Read: that Obama probably supports Africans rebelling against Europeans)

          2. I am very happy Huckabee dropped out. He is the only one of the clown car minions that scared me with the possibility he could win against Obama.

            He is smart; he is “mavericky” shown by his statement that Regan couldn’t win with today’s r’s (what he did not say was Regan is pretty close to what a bunch of the Blue Dogs and other DINO’s are). He hid his far right agenda from the world, and he is “likable”.

        1. We’re not talking about GOPwarrior here. (That such an intellectually impotent dimwit would choose such a ludicrous handle still makes me chuckle.)

    1. Other posters have covered the fact that we’re nowhere close to running out of GOP candidates.  

      But I want to make it clear – the Dems are not responsible for propping up the many weak GOP candidates.  Those candidates are trying to prop themselves up, and the GOP is trying to prop them up.  The Dems haven’t needed to do anything – we’re just watching the parade and eating popcorn.

      1. end up being the Democrats fault. Remember when the Republican Party used to espouse being the party of taking responsibility? Like most of their other good ideas, that one, too, appears to be dead.  

        1. As ArapGOP demonstrates, those days are a distant memory.

          Party of family values? Newt blows a hole in that one.

          Party of fiscal responsibility? Sure, let’s take the debt limit to the brink for no other reason than to panic the markets.

          Party of making shit up? So far, that one stands.

          1. And now Schwarzenegger joins the long line of electeds (and other high-level power brokers) who consciously and decisively violate those “values.”

  3. Hickenlooper benefited mightily from a very fractured Republican field.  Can the Republicans top that disaster with another unworthy candidate at the national level?  Inquiring pundits are clamoring to know.

    Obama really honed his campaigning skills in 2008 and should be just as formidable in 2012.  Their best hope is to tank the economy and then try to blame it on Obama while eliminating any incriminating evidence that they got side tracked on divisive social issues.  My guess is a low probability of success on that strategy.  Plus they declared war on Medicare with out testing it on a non-Tea Party focus group.

  4. The GOP will absolutely refuse to compromise and vote to increase the debt ceiling. Their last desperate hope is to refuse to fund America’s debts, throwing our once-proud country into default. They will then hope to blame Obama for the catastrophe.

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