Another effort to urge Trump to run for president
February 16th, 2011
02:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Another effort to urge Trump to run for president

Washington (CNN) - A new campaign urging businessman Donald Trump to run for president has popped up, as the successful business executive publicly contemplates whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Draft Trump 2012 joins the already established "Should Trump Run?" as an online destination for Trump supporters to rally for his candidacy.

Draft Trump 2012 was created by Nick McLaughlin, a veteran of the Iraq War from St. Charles, Missouri. McLaughlin told CNN in a recent interview that he has no political experience, has not spoken to the businessman/reality television star, but thinks that Trump is the right person to lead the country.

Understanding that the path to victory for the GOP presidential nomination is in the early voting states, Draft Trump 2012 has named Mark LaLiberte to oversee the effort's political operation in New Hampshire. LaLiberte worked for Frank Guinta, the former Republican mayor of Manchester who now serves in the U.S. House. In addition, Draft Trump will have a presence in Florida, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. A former staffer to ex-New York George Pataki, Lynn Krogh, will serve as the Draft Trump political director.

While Draft Trump 2012 is not affiliated with Trump, two Republicans with knowledge of the effort, said that Trump's political allies were aware of it.

The other web site, "Should Trump Run," was created by Michael Cohen, an executive in Trump's business empire. That web site has a disclaimer saying that it "is not endorsed by Donald J. Trump."

Trump has repeatedly said that he will make a decision to run for the GOP presidential nomination by June, but for now he will be dogged by questions about whether he is seriously considering it or using this as an opportunity to promote his business interests.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Please run. Run all you can. The entertainment factor will be off the scale, and the landslide for the democrats will be astounding.

    February 16, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. johnrj08

    Utterly preposterous. His candidacy alone would make our political process look like a joke to the rest of the world. Trump is an autocratic, self-promoting egomaniac. Politics is the last thing he should get into.

    February 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Ralph Gizzip

    Should Trump run for President?

    Not only "No" but "Hell No!"

    February 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    What the DUMP??? Trump?? This shows just how desperate the RIGHT-side is – they have NOTHING else so they think they may as well "go for broke"!!!

    February 16, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Leon Jaeger

    Well if Rothschild say,s it,s OK, and the Bilderberg illumanati have it rubber stamped, why bother to vote he,s got the job.

    February 16, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. MikeInSA

    Will he? Won't he? Will he? Won't he?

    Donald Trump has turned himself into the Brett Favre of Presidential politics.

    February 16, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Pretzel Logic

    He's the only potential candidate worse than Sarah Palin.

    February 16, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Real estate developers always borrow money from the Government/Banks to make money and have never turned it down and these are your taxpayer dollars. Don't be sold on any politician who tells you government is too big, it was never too big when they borrowed to become rich, all of them and not just Trump.

    February 16, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Katie


    Trump and Ron Paul have something in common, NEITHER is electable.

    February 16, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. alleygator

    Yeah, run, Donald! Plenty of room for another bozo on the GOP/teabag bus.

    February 16, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Jay

    Either this guy is looking for publicity (gee?) or his ego is foolishly making him think he can win. It's too bad he has to wait until the Republican primaries early next year to find out how little his support is.

    Go away moron. Many of these Republican "Presidential Candidates" are an outright joke.

    February 16, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Joan

    Hope he runs. It will be fun watching his head deflate when he gets trounced during the primary voting.

    February 16, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    There will be a large surplus of primary candidates, without any question.

    February 16, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. ja

    stop flattering yourself

    February 16, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. jboh

    Just what we need. A prime example of the empty suited hucksters that crashed the economy by recklessly investing other peoples' money in high risk crap shoots that only payoff for the huckster himself. Didn't this clown go bankrupt?

    February 16, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Skokie

    You are fired again.

    February 16, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. diridi

    If he runs, I will run too....o.k....laugh folks, laugh....o.k...At least I get your votes...o.k...Does he win, not only no...heck, no....o.k...laugh...laugh...laugh...folks....what a stupid jerk, donold duck is.....

    February 16, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |