Trump teasing a 2016 bid for president?
May 27th, 2013
11:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Trump teasing a 2016 bid for president?

(CNN) - Is Donald Trump once again thinking about making a run for the White House?

The real estate mogul and reality TV star has been invited this year to more than a dozen Republican party or conservative political events, and the campaign research Trump spent $1 million on in 2011 remains relevant, a top Trump spokesman told CNN Monday.

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Trump, who flirted with runs for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2000 and 2012 cycles, already spoke in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, which is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, is considered a must attend cattle call for Republican presidential hopefuls. And next month Trump addresses social conservatives at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in the nation's capital.

Last week Trump, who turns 67 next month, spoke in front of what's being touted as a record crowd at the Oakland County, Michigan Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.

"Everybody tells me, 'Please run for president. Please run for president.' I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along," Trump told attendees, according to local press reports. "I'm a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great."

Trump's research was conducted in 2011, for the 2012 election, Michael Cohen, his executive vice president and special counsel, tells CNN. He explains that the research, broken down state by state, was a very detailed analysis of what Trump would need to do get on the ballot in each state as a Republican, and what he would need to do to win.

Cohen says the research, which has been sitting on his bookshelf since late spring of 2011 when Trump decided against running for president, remains relevant for a 2016 race "because almost all the same players are involved."

Cohen says that "you don't spend a million dollars to adorn a bookshelf," adding that Trump "didn't commission the research for nothing."

Cohen also mentioned that if Trump launched a campaign for president, he would be required to turn over control of his businesses to his children, or to a trust.

The New York Post first reported this story.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

Filed under: 2016 • Donald Trump
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. mique

    And were off! Two nimwits so far. How many others are going to show their stupidity? Just wait and see. I hope it is as comical as the last two times.

    May 27, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. I Read CNN Blog For A Laugh

    Trump is nothing but a bag of wind.

    May 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. phaerisee

    It seems like a good idea. We need a man capable of assigning fifth grade level business tasks to celebrities

    May 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. OldSchool

    Stop feeding this troll.

    May 27, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. C. Bausch

    Trump couldn't be an adequate chief executive of an outhouse...

    May 27, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Damien

    Didn't he go bankrupt twice?

    May 27, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. S.A.P.

    Trump: Delusions of grandeur. A textbook case.

    May 27, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. MaryM

    HaHaHaHa, The GOP is getting the clown car gang back together again for 2016. With some new clowns in training
    bozo Rubio and Rand.

    May 27, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. MagicPanties

    Yes, please.
    Late night comedians are in desperate need of new material.

    May 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Trump Lover

    The only people that are dumber than Donald Trump are the people that buy what he's selling, which in this case - as usual - is nothing but a bag of hot air.

    May 27, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. fandancy

    It's a Democrat dream. The Republicans keep promoting fools and The Donald is certainly one of the top fools and he's in love with himself. I hope he keeps promoting himself and continues to back-slap himself. He wants to keep reading and hearing about himself. Anything to keep his name out there.
    The amazing thing is that he honestly doesn't seem to realize people are hysterically laughing at him as they watch him make a fool of himself.
    Come on, Republicans. Nominate The Donald.

    May 27, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Craig from Pa.

    It is idiots like this that make a mockery of our system. The world laughs at us because of people like Trump

    May 27, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. lottie

    this is about the stupidest thing I have heard. What's the matter no one paying enough attention to this clown. ??? Him and Paul would make a good team. Two idiots instead of one.

    May 27, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Tea Partiers and the extreme conservatives are going to sink Republican rebranding efforts if they embrace candidates like Trump.

    May 27, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Truth2012

    Please run, please, please run.... I love the GOP circus...
    Now we know who has really been drinking the cool-aid....
    Maybe Sarah can make another run at it....

    May 27, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Ron

    The circus was barely over and here we go again!

    May 27, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Fearless Freep

    This man has been attacked by his hair piece again.
    Time to re-load the clown car.
    Is Christie going to run ?
    Better get a truck.

    May 27, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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