There's little chance Donald Trump can make it to the White House — but he'll certainly shake up the 2016 presidential race if he runs, says Stephen Moore, chief economist for The Heritage Foundation.
Asked Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV
whether the outspoken developer and television personality could capture the GOP nomination and then win the general election next year, Moore answered, "Probably not."
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But he believes the billionaire businessman, who is expected to make an announcement about his presidential ambitions this week, could make waves with his take-no-prisoners opinions and showmanship.
"Is there a realistic chance he could do better than people are expecting? Certainly. Don't discount celebrity status in America. That's worth a lot," Moore said.
"Everyone in America knows who Donald Trump is, I bet half the people don't know who Marco Rubio is or Scott Walker. So that's worth a lot."
But Moore said he's not certain Trump has a definitive policy platform.
"The real question is what does this man stand for? What are his principles? I don't know. I have no idea," Moore said.
"I mean he's a great self-promoter, but I'm not convinced that he is someone who has the kind of conservative values. But I'm open-minded to hear what he has to say."
The Washington Post reports
that Trump on Tuesday will release a summary of assets that total about $9 billion as part of his likely entry into the race.
"I have the unique perspective of being by his side every day and understanding how incredibly capable and just what an amazing visionary he is. As a citizen, it would be amazing if he makes that decision."
People familiar with Trump's plans told The Post the two-page document — to be published after he holds a political rally at New York's Trump Tower — will reveal the worth of his hotels and other properties.
It will also show "hundreds of millions in cash on hand and an outline of his debt," according to The Post.
Last week, the developer's daughter Ivanka said she was ready to support her dad if he throws his hat in the ring.
"I would support him and encourage him wholeheartedly," Ivanka Trump said in an interview
with CNBC's "Closing Bell."
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