Donald Trump has said that if he enters the race but doesn’t win the Republican nomination he might run as an Independent. So I asked him if the GOP could trust him considering his previous flirtation with the Reform Party and now another potential third party bid.
“The Independent situation’s very interesting, because a poll came out and said I would– I might win as an Independent. The problem with running as an Independent is that if I don’t win, it assures Barack Obama gets back in as President,” Trump told me. “Because I’m a very conservative guy. And I would I think take 99.9% of the votes away from the Republican Party, which I don’t want to do.”
Does that mean he’s dropping the idea of running on an Independent ticket? Probably. Trump says he doesn’t want to do anything that might help re-elect President Obama. But he did leave the door open just a crack.
“Unless I could be virtually assured of winning as an Independent, if I didn’t get the Republican nomination, I wouldn’t even think about doing that,” he said.
Trump considered running for president on the Reform party ticket in 2000, but said this time he’s serious.
“I thought about it briefly. And I decided, intelligently, not to do it. And it turned out to be a good decision, because the Reform Party, you know, sort of exploded. But I decided not to do it. So, I didn’t run. And I never thought about it — certainly not like I’m doing now,” he said.