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orange
04-12-2011, 10:21 AM
Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn’t Win GOP Nomination.

Donald Trump will “probably” run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party’s nomination, he told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview on Monday.

“I hate what’s happening to the country,” said Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon and host of the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” He will not formally make a decision until June, however, when this season of his television show is over. “I can’t run during the airing of that show,” Mr. Trump said, “I’m not allowed to.” But he said he would make an announcement “by June” and his candidacy looks increasingly likely.

Mr. Trump’s candidacy would complicate matters for the GOP as it looks to front someone who can unite the fractious party and mount a serious challenge to President Obama’s reelection bid. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll recently found Mr. Trump tied for second place with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee among likely voters in a GOP primary. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who moved a step closer to formally declaring his own candidacy Monday, is still the frontrunner, though not by a wide margin.

“I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent,” Mr. Trump said. His support is highest among the conservative wing of the party, not least because he is among the so-called “birthers” who doubt that President Obama in fact was born in the U.S. “It’s a very important issue,” Mr. Trump said of demanding that President Obama show his birth certificate, which has separately been reviewed by the media and deemed legitimate. “I’m not ashamed of having raised that issue.”

“I am very conservative,” said Mr. Trump. “The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes.” Mr. Trump said he thought he “could possibly win as an independent,” adding, “I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.”

As for foreign policy, Mr. Trump said he is “only interested in Libya if we take the oil,” and that if he were President, “I would not leave Iraq and let Iran take over the oil.” He remains sharply critical of the Chinese, asserting that as President, “I would tell China that you’re either going to shape up, or I’m going to tax you at 25% for all the products you send into this country.”

“I’m all for free trade, but it’s got to be fair trade,” he said. “China has taken advantage of this country for a long time.” Regarding the $300 billion he said China stands to make from trade with the U.S. this year, Mr. Trump said, “What’s protectionism? …I want to be protected if that’s the case.” As for pending trade deals with Colombia, Korea and other countries, he said he would only sign them if they were the right deals for the U.S. “If it’s a bad deal, I wouldn’t sign it,” he said.

As for whether his candidacy is an elaborate hoax, or a publicity stunt, Mr. Trump said, “I don’t need to do this for ratings on the Apprentice. This is too important, our country is in trouble, our country is not being properly led. It needs help.” – Kelly Evans

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/04/11/trump-will-probably-run-as-independent-if-he-doesnt-win-gop-nomination/

BucEyedPea
04-12-2011, 10:24 AM
So he's firing them?

Radar Chief
04-12-2011, 10:24 AM
Go for it Donald. This could get entertaining, since politics has become Kabuki Theater.

oldandslow
04-12-2011, 10:47 AM
Wonder how much Obama is paying him...I am kidding, I think.

HonestChieffan
04-12-2011, 10:52 AM
We are screwed regardless

Cave Johnson
04-12-2011, 11:23 AM
We are screwed regardless

Giving up on defeating Obama already?

Dave Lane
04-12-2011, 11:28 AM
I think he would be horrible. I thought Reagan would be great so what the fuck do I know?

Chiefspants
04-12-2011, 11:33 AM
LOL, This has to be Obama's dream scenario, it is also more than possible than Bachmann will run as a third partier as well.

Anyone who does not realize that either situation would split the republican ticket is kidding themselves, this would ensure that Obama would win in a landslide. Imagine an Obama v. Romney v. Trump v. Bachmann general election for 2012, haha, However this election turns out, it's definitely going to be fun to watch, especially considering that Obama may be challenged on the democratic side as well.

RubberSponge
04-12-2011, 12:00 PM
Ahh...

HonestChieffan
04-12-2011, 12:08 PM
Giving up on defeating Obama already?

Just one of those days....

dirk digler
04-12-2011, 12:09 PM
LMAO This is going to be awesome. I definitely could see the scenario Chiefspants described

BucEyedPea
04-12-2011, 12:14 PM
Giving up on defeating Obama already?

What's to defeat? Both parties are doing the same things.

Bush 3 steps further into socialism and world governance. Obama 10 steps into socialism and 5 into world governance. Rep Ryan, Pawlenty, Romney, Daniels will be a mere 1-2 steps back from Obama's ten steps. That still puts us on the wrong path. (Only the Rs will convince their herd that it's being done for US interests. LOl!)

FishingRod
04-12-2011, 12:29 PM
What's to defeat? Both parties are doing the same things.

Bush 3 steps further into socialism and world governance. Obama 10 steps into socialism and 5 into world governance. Rep Ryan, Pawlenty, Romney, Daniels will be a mere 1-2 steps back from Obama's ten steps. That still puts us on the wrong path. (Only the Rs will convince their herd that it's being done for US interests. LOl!)

Humm you and I basically in total agreement. Time to plunk down some money on winning the world series this year. :)

SNR
04-12-2011, 12:33 PM
If he runs as an independent, he'll be just like Ross Perot. Except, you know, without any money

orange
04-12-2011, 12:37 PM
If he runs as an independent, he'll be just like Ross Perot. Except, you know, without any money

I was reminded this morning that The Donald has been down this road before:

2000 Republican Race

Name Donald John Trump
Party Registered Republican
Status Announced October 7 on CNN's Larry King Live that he planned to form a committee to explore a run for the Reform Party nomination

SNR
04-12-2011, 12:40 PM
I was reminded this morning that The Donald has been down this road before:

2000 Republican Race

Name Donald John Trump
Party Registered Republican
Status Announced October 7 on CNN's Larry King Live that he planned to form a committee to explore a run for the Reform Party nominationWas that before or after he went bankrupt for the 7000th time?

bevischief
04-12-2011, 04:58 PM
But he is a billionaire, can't be any worse than anyone who is in there now, he doesn't need special interest money on the side.

KILLER_CLOWN
04-12-2011, 10:38 PM
Giving up on defeating Obama already?

At this point and in a word, Yes. We've fallen from the sky at 100k feet and were about 3 seconds from that sudden stop at the end. Some would argue that it isn't the fall that kills you, regardless the stop is there.