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Donald Trump 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 07:57 PM

Many political observers wonder what Donald Trump is up to when it comes to a possible 2016 presidential campaign. In the meantime, they enjoy commenting on his antics and potential candidacy.

Here are observations from five leading pundits.

1. What the Republican Party needs is star power and Trump has it for presidential politics, according to Myra Adams, a writer and political observer for RedState and PJ Media.

“Like it or not, Republicans must face the indisputable fact that we are living in an age where ‘celebrity’ and politics have become permanently intertwined,” she wrote. Republicans are known to be short on these pop culture icons.

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“The good news for the GOP is that a portion of the media spotlight aimed at Trump will spill over to some of the lesser known candidates thus increasing national exposure for the entire 2016 bench.”

2. Trump says what he feels, including harsh words about other possible 2016 GOP candidates. Trump has become critical of Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed in 2012, wrote Eddie Scarry of Mediaite. A source told the writer that Trump felt Romney ran a terrible campaign and is responsible for Obama’s second term.

“Trump himself has said he’s considering a run for president in 2016 (we’ve been fooled by that one before),” Scarry wrote.

3. To make sure he has a place on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., Trump is building a hotel there with a planned opening of 2016, Hilary Sargent pointed out at Boston.com.

“If Trump doesn’t run — and win — the presidency, his new 250-room DC hotel will get him close,” Sargent wrote. “Really Close. The hotel will be within shouting distance, literally, of the White House.”

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4. Whether or not Trump is serious about running for president, the events he appears at and his comments always draw publicity for him, according to NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Trump correctly has surmised that political reporters in general are easy marks and he probably can’t believe how easy it is to find folks willing to cover his antics,” Todd told Politico.

5. Trump is an attention-getter, wrote Brett M. Decker, a consulting director at the White House Writers Group. Many Republicans have seen success stories, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich turning around his state's economy, receive little national attention.

Trump receives publicity through his highly rated TV show and his public appearances, “and has the potential to appeal across party lines in a poor economy because of his track record as a business builder and job creator,” Decker asserted.

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