Political pundits are having a hard time figuring out whether real estate mogul/reality TV star is really serious about running for the Republican presidential nomination or just saying so, Politico reports
. But he seems to be making all the right moves, including the declaration that President Barack Obama is the wrong messenger for the United States to the World, several observers say.
From all appearances, he looks serious, the observers say. He has interviewed at least two candidates for the job of campaign manager, sources tell Politico. He has spoken to several high-profile media and reached out to heavy hitters in the evangelical community, including Ralph Reed and Tony Perkins.
Trump is making the “types of moves that one makes if they’re actually running,” one top Republican consultant told Politico.
Trump contacted pollster and strategist Kellyanne Conway to put him in touch with the evangelical leaders. “I would not discount his viability because he crosses the first threshold,” she says, citing his name recognition and capability to self-finance his campaign.
But election expert Larry Sabato, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, is a bit more skeptical. “High poll readings for celebrity candidates melt like spring frost when they are subjected to the withering summer sun of scrutiny,” he writes on Politico.
“Donald Trump is catnip for the media right now, and why not? . . . But when the subject changes, as it inevitably will, to the business and personal record compiled by Trump, poll numbers will adjust [if indeed those recorded as Trump voters are really likely to vote in Republican primaries and caucuses].”
Bottom line, Sabato writes: “Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee for president. If I’m wrong, just keep in mind that while assisted suicide is illegal for human beings, it’s perfectly OK for political parties.”
As for Trump himself, he says that, if he were president, he’d be able to take care of Libya and OPEC, Politico reports. When it comes to Libya, the Donald said that, unlike Obama, he would have invaded. "I would take the oil," he told CNN.
And Trump says he would be the "right messenger" to convince OPEC to cut crude oil prices. Oil prices "will go down if you say it properly," he says.
On the deal-making front, "I can send two executives into a room,” Trump said. “They can say the same things. One guy comes home with the bacon and the other guy doesn't. I've seen it a thousand times . . . We don't have the right messenger. Obama is not the right messenger. We are not a respected nation anymore and the world is laughing at us."
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