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Reality show host and real estate developer Donald Trump fired himself from the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes but went out with typical bluster — claiming he could win if he ran.
“I will not be running for president as much as I’d like to,” Trump said to a meeting of advertising executives assembled to review NBC’s fall lineup which includes Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show. “Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Trump’s flirtation with national politics showcased the desperation of the Republican party as they try to find a viable candidate to defeat Barack Obama in 2012. The flamboyant Trump seized upon the discredited “birther” controversy over Obama’s birth certificate to appeal to the rabid right wing of the GOP and led some polls for a brief time but Obama trumped the issue by releasing his full birth certificate — putting the issue to rest with all but the fringe conspiracy theorists.