says eyeing America's top job, again
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[January 21, 2014]
By Richard Valdmanis
BOSTON (Reuters) — Outspoken real estate
billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican
presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama's legacy.
Trump had toyed with the idea of running for the 2012 Republican
nomination but pulled out months before the primary, saying he was
not ready to leave the private sector.
"It is something I would certainly look at. You know why? I'm
unhappy with the way things are going in America," he said in a
telephone interview ahead of a speech at the "Eggs & Politics" forum
at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire — an event that tends to
feature presidential hopefuls.
Trump, who made a fortune building skyscrapers and running casinos
and hosts U.S. reality TV show "The Celebrity Apprentice," has long
been a vocal critic of Obama and made waves after demanding proof
the president was born in the United States.
The White House released the long-form copy of Obama's birth
certificate in 2011 showing that Obama was born in Hawaii.
Trump said that he believed the launch of the Affordable Care Act — Obama's signature domestic policy achievement popularly known as
Obamacare — was an "abysmal" failure and that Obama had not done
enough to shore up the economy during his term.
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"No one has any idea what's happening at the top. America is not
headed in the right direction, and that worries me," he said. "I
want to talk about what needs to be done."
Trump has also hinted he could run for governor of New York in 2014,
claiming he has a $200 million war chest available for a campaign if
he chooses to challenge Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.
(Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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