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linda22003
05-16-2011, 01:44 PM
Updated 1:29 p.m. Eastern Time

Donald Trump will not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.


"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency," he said in a statement. "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. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. 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."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20063266-503544.html

Starbuck
05-16-2011, 01:55 PM
Good.

At best he wasn't a good candidate. If he had run all the way, he may have had sort of a Perot effect (not to be confused with the Clouseau effect) and split the vote thereby handing 'Ol what's-his-name another four years of endless golfing, pontificating, promising, and hoping. :p

hampshirebrit
05-16-2011, 01:58 PM
Were I a believer, I would say a heartfelt "thank God for that". Y'all know what I mean though.

SarasotaRepub
05-16-2011, 02:05 PM
I told SLW he wasn't going to take the paycut. :D

ralph wiggum
05-16-2011, 02:16 PM
Oh darn. :rolleyes:

lacarnut
05-16-2011, 02:17 PM
Too much digging into his personal, professional and financial life turned him off. The press would have had a field day with that. Plus, he enjoys what he is doing.

I never thought he would run but he could have certainly spiced up the debates if he had.

noonwitch
05-16-2011, 03:45 PM
The comedians are going to be sad about this.

Constitutionally Speaking
05-16-2011, 04:11 PM
Whew!

Odysseus
05-16-2011, 04:27 PM
So much for representation of that most miniscule of minorities, the orange-skinned. If George Hamilton doesn't throw his hat in the ring, it's all over for them. :D

Hawkgirl
05-16-2011, 04:46 PM
Not surprised. He has "contemplated running" the past 7 or 8 elections.

SaintLouieWoman
05-16-2011, 05:24 PM
Not surprised. He has "contemplated running" the past 7 or 8 elections.

Also it probably helped his ratings for Celebrity Apprentice. :D

I just wish some Republican with a bit of Trumps' fire would run. At least Trump smoked out that long lost long form birth certificate.

Articulate_Ape
05-16-2011, 05:30 PM
I would just like to say how proud I am for being the catalyst that brought about this inevitability.