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May 16th, 2011

Trump Dumps Presidential Aspirations

By Kevin Hall

Donald Trump announced Monday that he will not run for president in 2012.  The entrepreneur and TV star says he would prefer to remain the private sector and continue hosting his NBC program, “The Celebrity Apprentice”.

For a few months, Trump seemed very serious about campaigning for the GOP nomination.  He made personal phone calls to several prominent Iowa GOP activists, trying to gauge his support here.  Trump released a statement saying he believes he would have won the race, he had run.

“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.”

Trump garnered enormous media coverage and speculation, especially with his demands that President Obama produce his full birth certificate.  He quickly rose near the top of GOP polls.  Trump finally succeeded in his wish.  However, once Obama produced the document, and chided Trump relentlessly during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Trump’s poll numbers quickly sank.

Trump is scheduled to headline the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln Dinner on June 10th in Des Moines.  TheIowaRepublican.com called the Republican Party of Iowa for confirmation that Trump is still planning on attending.  Spokesperson Casey Mills was in a meeting.  We will update this when we receive more information.

UPDATE:

Iowa GOP Spokesman Casey Mills issued the comment below regarding the status of the June 10 Lincoln Dinner.

“While our invitation to Mr. Trump never hinged on a potential Trump candidacy, Iowans responded enthusiastically and with great interest in his appearance at our annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Today, it is our understanding that Mr. Trump is reassessing his commitment. We anticipate a final decision on his June 10 appearance will be made tomorrow and we will make further comments at that time.”

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About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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