Real estate mogul Donald Trump reiterated Wednesday that he might reconsider a presidential run as an independent if the GOP does not field a suitable candidate that can take the presidency from President Barack Obama. Trump also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that the House budget plan is going to cause Republican congressmen to lose their jobs.
“I think that if the Republican nominee is a good one — and there’s a real question as to whether or not that's going to happen . . . but if the Republican nominee is a good one . . . I think that nominee will beat Obama unless something happens very rapidly —and I don't see that happening because, again, our jobs are leaving the country,” Trump said.
“I hope the Republicans pick a great candidate, but there’s a really good chance that they won’t. And I also hope that the economy is great, but there’s a really good chance that it won’t be,” he said. “And if the economy is terrible and if the Republican candidate is not good — I have thousands and thousands of people, and you know this, asking me to run.”
Trump noted that when he made his decision in late May not to run he was leading in several polls. A non-scientific online poll sponsored by Newsmax.com saw Trump taking 57 percent of the votes cast for potential GOP candidates.
Trump also said his contract with NBC to host “Celebrity Apprentice” runs out in 11 months and if the GOP doesn’t take some stronger stances, he might enter the presidential race and run as an independent.
“I’m looking at some of the moves that the Republicans are making, how bad they are . . . whether it’s the lack of cutting in terms of the budget, whether it’s a plan that tampers with Medicare — and you know, the Democrats are having an absolute field day with the [House Budget Committee Chairman Paul] Ryan plan,” he said. “And it’s not even so much the plan — it’s his timing. There was no reason for him to step forward and offer up this plan, which is going to be like a hatchet to the head. There was just no reason for him to do it..
“The Ryan plan is going to cost almost every Republican congressman that’s backing that plan — it’s going to cost him his job,” he said. “So you’re going to end up — instead of winning and having a tremendous victory in 2012, you’re going to have a tremendous loss.
“And between those . . . things and other things, and then NBC coming to me and offering me a fortune — up, up, up, every week, please, please, please for ‘The Apprentice,’ I said: Look, I'm going to do this,” Trump said. “But the fact is my contract expires in 11 months. The show will be over. If the Republicans don’t pick the right candidate and if the market is still bad, which I think it will be, by the way, based on the policies of Obama, I would certainly consider doing it as an independent — absolutely.”
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