Billionaire businessman and major media figure Donald Trump issued the following statement to Newsmax about his role in the GOP primary and the upcoming Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate:
I have been deeply flattered that so many people have asked me to run for President.
First, when I was considering a Republican bid, and I led in national polls.
Since then, some have even suggested I run as a third party candidate.
Let me be clear: I do not want to run as a third party candidate.
My priority, my number one priority, is to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.
I want to support and endorse the Republican candidate for president.
Right now, Republicans are going through an important process to pick that candidate.
Almost every major candidate has come to my office, met privately with me and has sought my endorsement.
I have told them what I have said publicly. I will support the Republican candidate best able to defeat Barack Obama and the one who shares the values of most Americans: a strong belief in the free enterprise system and an unwavering commitment to a strong America.
To this end, I have agreed to moderate The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate. Millions of Americans will tune in. This will give me and America a fantastic opportunity to vet these candidates.
Also, I have just written a new book – “Time to Get Tough!” which reveals how we can defeat Barack Obama and save America.
My sole priority is to accomplish this mission.
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