Nikitas3.com had predicted that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States, but it will never be. Trump has bowed out of a possible 2012 White House run.
That truly is unfortunate. In radio interviews, Trump was the bold, opinionated businessman with real ideas for bringing the nation back from the economic abyss. He spoke forcefully about the “monster” of China cheating on ‘free trade’ by manipulating its currency; the fixing of oil prices by OPEC; and our disastrous national debt and Obama policies.
But Trump apparently has decided that a White House run would impede his business empire, and that a White House victory would end his private-sector career.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement. "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."
So Trump is at heart a private-sector guy. And God bless him for his success and his ability to create jobs in the private sector, which Obama knows zero about. Even Obama’s massive stimulus plan ended up being nothing but a money funnel for public-sector workers to maintain their jobs, not for private-sector jobs to be created.
Trump seemed like the one person who was willing to take on not only the nation’s problems bluntly, but Obama as well. Because other Republicans seem afraid to criticize Obama because he is (half) black, as McCain was.
Trump was said to have been strongly influenced by NBC’s desire to keep him on its top-rated Apprentice TV show, which gave him high crossover visibility, a huge advantage in a possible White House bid.
Here is Trump’s statement:
'After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. 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.
I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words. So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts. My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country. I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness. Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation. They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.
I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs
Thank you and God Bless America!
Donald J. Trump'
(end of statement)
And while the sclerotic Ron Paul seems to be the only Republican enthusiastically running in 2012, Mike Huckabee, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, also has bowed out for 2012.
This is a good thing. Huckabee was an accidental candidate who had little to offer. He smiled too much, was really one of those liberal Christians, and had a huge liability in that his policies freed a dangerous felon from prison in Arkansas who then went on in 2009 to murder four police officers in Washington state. Obama's media minions would have destroyed Huckabee.
Trump and Huckabee were said to have together commanded about 33% of GOP primary voters and it now is a big question where those voters will go.
They certainly will not be flocking to announced candidate Newt Gingrich, who has angered - no, enraged - many in the Republican party by criticizing congressman Paul Ryan’s plan for restructuring Medicare as “right-wing social engineering”. Gingrich also has offered support for the idea of the forced purchase of health insurance by the state, undercutting the 26 state attorneys general suing the federal government over the issue. This all is certain to mar Gingrich’s candidacy and his career in the Republican party just as he was getting off the ground. Republicans are furious that Gingrich is giving ammunition to Democrats to attack the Ryan plan.
Who is left on the GOP side?
Mitt Romney is the one-term Massachusetts governor who is liberal and who supported an Obama-style health plan and also gay marriage in Massachusetts. Rudy Giuliani did a great job ‘saving’ New York city 15 years ago. He is a tough guy, but he is socially liberal. Still he could be a strong candidate. Tim Pawlenty is a good conservative and former governor of Minnesota who is lesser known. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels recently angered social conservatives by asking for a “truce” on social issues while one of his hand-picked Indiana supreme court judges recently wrote a decision giving police power to enter any residence in the state.
What has happened to the Republican party? Where are the firebrands? Where is Ronald Reagan? After all, Obama is eminently beatable in 2012.
Perhaps it is time for a new strategy (tomorrow’s editorial will be GOP Should Rally Around One Candidate – Now)
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