Trump inches toward White House run?
February 12th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump inches toward White House run?

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump conducted an interview with a New Hampshire television station that will air Monday night, another sign the reality television star is seriously weighing a presidential run.

Trump will be one of the candidates featured in an hour-long special on Manchester-based WMUR-TV set to air Monday, according to the station. The interviews conducted by WMUR anchor Josh McElveen will air one year before the tentative date set for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

In an interview Friday on Fox News, Trump said a trip to Iowa, the first presidential caucus state, is "possible." "We're thinking about it," he said.

Trump's speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – the annual gathering of conservatives that serves as an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates – received a lukewarm response from the audience.

The New York native told the CPAC crowd he will make a decision on a 2012 bid by June.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. IsupportthisPresident

    IS this the man that can get us out of debt. Is this the man that has filed for bankruptcy over and over again. Not a chance Donald Duck!

    February 12, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Chuk

    Remember this: The Donald = The Mouth.
    This is the biggest joke yet in the field of "presidential" candidates. Don't be fooled, The Donald, like Sarah a.k.a Lipstick on a Pig Palin, have deviced ingenious ways for free advertising. Donald sells his little TV shows and Palin sells books, TV shows, paid speeches, and whatever else brings in millions. These losers have no chance in hell of winning the White House and they know it. They're just stringing along everyone who care to give them the time of day to get the 15 seconds of fame. Smart.

    February 12, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. B

    Fools rush in....
    I have never before witnessed so many- thoughtless power mongers- trying to take over this countries political scene as we now see..

    This country is headed for some very serious times indeed.

    February 12, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Indy

    Next to Palin, Trump is the second biggest loser in America. Trump has less of a chance of being POTUS then Paris Hilton. Trump could never pass the vetting process with his business background. Having said all of that this is just another reality TV star that is doing this for the sole purpose of making money, and will never make a serious run for POTUS. These are extremely important times but the Republican pool of so called candidates do not care enough about their country to support a serious candiadate and have every egotistical idiot wasting time and energy on pretending they are going to run for POTUS.

    February 12, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    God spare the world this mans evil talk and conservative loony opinions!

    February 12, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    His hair vs Mitten's hair. The baggers won't know who to vote for.

    February 12, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. thomas

    Great !
    We need a new face on Mt Rushmore , Trump can turn Arlington Cemetery into a profitable Golf Resort , place Trump 29 Casinos at every FAA approved airport, and do a reality TV show live from the White House.
    Vote for King Baby 2012 and get your free rogaine ! Thats start a war with China because Donald didn't get his way in Macau !

    February 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Gaylon Barrow

    Trump & Palin President & Vice President in 2012. Smarts will override stupity every time.

    February 12, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Squigman

    This has got to be a joke.

    February 12, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. annie s

    I am so looking forward to this primary season – should be a laugh a minute.

    February 12, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. The Outsider

    Donald Trump for President?

    Well, the way I see it, the GOP could do far, far worse. Does the name Sarah Palin ring a bell?

    February 12, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. lynn

    Trump claimed the U.S. is laughed at by other countries. Can you imagine if we elected him, how we would be perceived on the world stage. His personal life is an embarresment, his personal appearance is laughable, and he expects the world to take him serious? His primary interest is "The Donald" and being President of the U.S. is the next goal for his mega ego.

    February 12, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Skokie

    Are we that desperate, is this Counry up for grabs?

    February 12, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. TheirAllJokes

    It's self-important megalomaniacs like Trump who give capitalism a bad name. Stating Ron Paul has no chance at the presidency just proves how out of touch he is with the rest of the people that make up America. He ought keep his uniformed thoughts to himself, or as was the case, risk making himself look a bigger imbecile than he already is. Ron Paul has more truth and integrity in his pinky finger than Trump has in his entire make-up. Trump may have one advantage though. Seeing as the United States is on it's way to bankruptcy, something Trump is very familiar with, he knows first hand about passing the burden of his personal/professional failures on to others. Yeah, that's what America is becoming, morally and financially bankrupt. There is only one person with the qualification, integrity, and astuteness to bring America back from the brink, and his name sure isn't Trump. One man, Dr. Ron Paul! Trump could do a world of good if he'd take the time to get over himself and really take a look at Ron Paul. Best wishes to whomever reads this!

    February 12, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. diridi

    this dude thinks money wins white house...but not...he is not aware of....

    February 12, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    An egotistical manic running for President? Oh ... as a Repub.
    Oh ... well of course .... isn't that special.
    And he already has a faux reality show too? Perfect!
    Do the Repubs even have a clue how rediculous they sound?

    February 12, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. therealmarie

    Trump wants attention and he knows how to get it. What a selfish waste of life.

    February 12, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Jacob

    I don't like Donald Trump's persona. I never have.

    Having said that, he will go far in this race. He is a juggernaut of PR and focus. I hope he doesn't win the full election, but I admire his tenacity and business acumen.

    February 12, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Trump made money on real estate – what the heck does he know about running a country? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    February 12, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Dean

    It is obvious that our current politician knows nothing about running a country. Maybe we should give a businesman a chance to get this country back on its feet.

    February 12, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Add Trump's name to the sad list of GOP presidential hopefuls. All the presidental aspirants bluster with negative inflammatory rhetoric but fail to inspire with good ideas. Whilte their message excites the conservative party faithfuls, it fails miserably with moderates and independents, regardless of party.

    February 12, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. bluto

    Donald Trump....a man with an ego the size of North Dakota...this inflated bag of hot air and flatulence.....for President?
    I thought America stood for government of the people, for the people and by the people....NOT government of the plutocrats, for the plutocrats and by the plutocrats.
    Is the mere act of talking to a reporter in the right wing wackoland otherwise known as New Hampshire qualify one as a presidential candidate?
    Is the political environment in America so utterly debased that a TURKEY like Donald Trump could be seriously considered as a presidential candidate?

    February 12, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. fayse

    Trumps personal life speaks for itself. Three marriages two divorces (so far) and adultry not to mention the bankruptcies.

    February 12, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Oh please, oh please, I hope "The Donald" runs for president. The growing problem within the Republican Party right now is there are too many unqualified egomaniac morons to choose from. They've dumbed down the conservative qualifications to run to the point of a bunch of tough guy talk on foreign policy and simple solutions to a complex economy. President Obama and Bill Clinton talk on a much higher level than all the republicans put together. George Bush was a very simple answer kind of president and look where that got us.

    February 12, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |