TRUMP SCHEDULES PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE 2016 INTENTIONS
|| By FITSNEWS || Billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump has scheduled a press conference later this month to announce his decision regarding a 2016 presidential bid.
Trump’s press conference will be held on June 16 in the atrium of his Fifth Avenue headquarters in downtown New York City.
Trump toyed with the idea of running for president in 2012 but ultimately decided against it – eventually endorsing the candidacy of eventual nominee Mitt Romney (a decision he has come to regret). In his visits to early-voting states, Trump has been a leading critic of establishment “Republican” figures like Romney and 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush.
“The last thing this country needs is another Bush,” Trump said during a January visit to South Carolina. “We’ve had it with the Bushes.”
Our thoughts on Trump’s candidacy? We remain skeptical (of both his views and his viability) – although we do appreciate the aggressive position he’s taken against “Obamatrade,” a crony capitalist trade deal being pushed by U.S. president Barack Obama (with “Republican” support in Congress).
And we obviously appreciate his trademark bluntness in addressing his political rivals … which is something the nominating process needs.
On the whole we believe – as our columnist Taylor Brown recently noted – that Trump “is going to be good for the debate.”
If he runs, Trump would join a field that currently includes retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former New York governor George Pataki, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry will join the field this week.
Expected to announce their candidates soon are Bush, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Ohio governor John Kasich, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.