Donald Trump for President? Real Estate Mogul ‘Absolutely Thinking About It’

Oct 6, 2010 9:28am

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Where there's opportunity, there's Donald Trump.

The real estate tycoon turned reality TV host is thinking of a new career, again – as president of the United States. Trump said via phone on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday that he is looking at a possible 2012 bid because "this country will not be great if something isn't done rapidly."

"For the first time in life, I am absolutely thinking about it," Trump announced.

Except, this is not the first time. Trump has been flirting with the idea for nearly two decades.

He first suggested running on the Republican ticket in 1988. A decade later, in 1999, he used similar rhetoric as Tuesday, telling NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I’m serious. I’ve seen polls come out saying I could win.” Except then, he suggested he would run on the Reform Party ticket.

In 2007, Trump floated the idea of Oprah as his running mate.

On Tuesday, he said he will run as a Republican. 

If history is any guide, Trump’s chances of winning, or even coming close, are very slim. Ross Perot, another billionaire businessman who founded the Reform Party, ran for president twice unsuccessfully. 

Watch WABC’s report here:

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