Trump Not Running For President

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Donald Trump said today that he won’t run for president.

In a statement, according to USA Today, Trump said: “I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country.”

From USA Today:

The real estate mogul and reality TV star says: “I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

His decision comes the day after NBC announced it would continue Trump’s show, The Celebrity Apprentice, with or without the real estate mogul as its host. The show will resume in January.

Trump said in a statement that he was confident he could beat the Republican field and, eventually, President Obama. He also vowed to continue to speak out on key issues such as the nation’s debt and its ability to compete with China in the global marketplace.

“I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country,” he said.

Trump rose in early presidential polls in part because of his high name identification. For weeks, he made an issue of President Obama’s birthplace — taking the mantle of those who believe Obama was born outside of the United States and not eligible to be in the White House. Trump took credit for the president’s surprise decision last month to release the long form of his birth certificate that showed he was born in Hawaii.

The race for the GOP nomination has been reshaped in recent days, particularly by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s decision to also skip a White House bid for next year.

Huckabee’s decision leaves the Republican race essentially wide open, especially in Iowa where voters will hold the nation’s first presidential caucuses in February. Ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is considering the front-runner, having placed at the top or near it in major polls conducted by Gallup and other organizations. ?

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  1. the consultant on

    I am starting to think that the donald intentionally tried to undermine the republican
    primary by demonstrating his appeal to the tea party and making the other candidates
    look weak and then pulling out, creating a vacuum ….if he really is a republican
    he did the party no favors…and newt totally jackpotted paul ryan and the medicare
    fix plan..which could never fly anyway…but he pulled the rug right out from under
    the entire effort…