by Javier Manjarres
A source close to businessman Donald Trump has divulged to the Shark Tank that Trump is “seriously considering” running for President as an Independent because he believes the current Republican field of Presidential candidates is “weak”. The source also disclosed that Trump was overwhelmed with e-mails, letters, and phone calls from disappointed supporters who wanted him to enter the 2012 presidential field after he recently bowed out of consideration from the Republican primary field- allegedly over 300 disappointed supporters called his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach to urging him to run. If the eventual Republican nominee does not catch fire, Trump could very well jump in as an Independent and could spend $200 million in the race, according to what he told a close confidant. Recall back in 1992 how billionaire Ross Perot ran as an Independent candidate and took votes away from then President George H. W. Bush and gave us President Bill Clinton.
Trump recently spent $100K on lawyers and accountants who would prepared the disclosure forms to show Trump is worth $7.5 billion dollars and has $350 million cash on hand. If Trump were to spend $200 million on an Independent run for President, what would that get him? Trumps’s contract with NBC leaves him free on June 1 of next year. This would enable him to launch a late blooming Independent bid and begin as late June 1 2012 and get him on the ballot in almost all 50 States- five states’s election laws would be hard to negotiate but doable; and one state, Texas, would be resolved by litigation.
If Trump were to poll at 10% or higher, this number would all but guarantee that he would be included in the television debates with the major party candidates- Trump is Mr. Television after all.
But at the end of the day, Trump running as an Independent candidate would ensure a second term for President Obama, as Trump will take away votes from whomever the Republican candidate will be.
Remember this video from Trump?
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