Trump teasing a 2016 bid for president?
May 27th, 2013
11:35 AM ET
8 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. Rick McDaniel

    We might point out that he already did that, and his "show" took precedence. It will again.

    May 27, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Anonymous

    A Trump teaser, CNN? I suspect the only folks being Trump-Teased is the media. Quite frankly, I could care less what this man does today, let alone what he wants to do in 2016.

    May 27, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. okfine

    The GOP
    Doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

    May 27, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. JDL

    Hasn't even been a year yet and the GOP clown car is already reloading with the usual characters , send in the Clowns.

    May 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Bob

    I'm sure the Republican Party would be better pleased "if a great and competent person would come along," someone whose last name is not Trump.

    May 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Petruski

    Is it not time put this guy out to pasture. He really has nothing to say, nothing to contribute. Why are you quoting him?

    May 27, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Joan

    Most Democrats probably hope he runs. He does wonders for the Democrats recruiting process and just reminds people how many wing-nuts are associated with the GOP. He is a side-show and good for some laughs.

    May 27, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Conservative Liberal

    Please run, The Donald. The comedy shows and late-night comedians need material.

    May 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. whitepine

    Really? Just who is asking him to run for President? No, it is Trump's way to get attention. He wants to think he is important and needed. By the way, is he investing and helping to rebuild in the NY and NJ shore destroyed by the storm Sandy? If he really wants to help people and this country, show us how he cares and help these people. Rebuild the shoreline.

    May 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. DJ Reality

    Run Donny Run! That way a democrat will surely win.

    May 27, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Conservative Liberal

    I wonder if his response to his 2011 researchers was "I couldn't believe what they were finding!"?

    May 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. sambelldom

    i think the people pleading with donald to run must be democrats!

    May 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Stick with Apprentice

    Trump has a hard time deciding whether to fire LaToya Jackson or Gary Bussey, much less run the USA. He has reaching the peak of his competence with Celebrity Apprentice and should stick where he is.

    May 27, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. SightSeer

    Any media falling for and publishing political "Trump-teasing" as news-worthy are pathetic, gullible, journalistic posers.

    May 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. paofpa

    Spreadsheets and Numbers:

    Including costs and results, these two numbers normally take backstage. Run, signup for all the parties. Drag in the entire house how are willing to count numbers verses votes.

    Spreadsheets and Numbers will hit both sides bad.

    May 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Mark

    Trump? again? Every election cycle, Trump plays the same tease – and every time the press just eats it up like candy; he has zero chance of getting through a primary much less a general election – and the numbers from his last attempt ought to have told him not to. I am left to assume he just likes to see his name in print.

    It does lead me to question what cast of characters will be put forth once again. As Canadian, I just enjoy following news, so I really have no stake in it – and thus no particular bias one way or the other. I really hope the GOP put up a much better cast than the last time, what an embarrassment. If I were betting, I would only put money down on Christie or Rubio against Hillary. Any of the other usual case of retreads do not stand a chance.

    May 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Tybar

    Trump / Palin 2016!!! Laughing all the way to a Hillary landslide....

    May 27, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Garnet

    Fool me twice? I think not.

    May 27, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Curt

    Please CNN stop giving this egomaniac any press. Just like that half-wit Sarah Palin you just encourage their nonsense by printing anything about them. If you just ignore him maybe he"ll go away. Maybe Trump should concentrate on paying back all the people that lost money everytime he went bankrupt.

    May 27, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Bart Brown

    Oh, PLEASE have him run! I can't wait to see ANOTHER fascist Republican cult leader lose the Presidential election BIG time!

    May 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. frank nosella

    Trump/Palin 2016

    Republicans: Together we can find the cure.

    May 27, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. northerstar

    The GOP is not going to put Trump up for President so lets not give him the attention he is looking for. "Everywhere he goes....."?? I am sure he is surrounded by his own group of "hanger-ons" who tell 'The Donald' what he wants to hear.

    May 27, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Trump/Palin - I like that.
    You're fired/I quit.

    May 27, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Mark

    Every time CNN runs an article like this, they take one more step back from journalism and one step closer to "Did you thank the Lord?".

    May 27, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Patriot

    I hope this bloated, peverse, egotistical, wind bag runs... his humiliation at the polls would give America a real lift.

    May 27, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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