A Trump 2016 race is being discussed by the real estate mogul, but a presidential run by Donald isn’t likely to get very far.
Donald Trump announced this week that he’s spending money to explore a potential run in the upcoming presidential election.
Trump hinted at a potential run in 2012, but ultimately decided to stay out of the race.
Many dismissed his 2012 flirtation with running as a ploy for publicity, but this year sounds more serious. Trump is reportedly spending $1 million to explore a potential run in 2016.
Trump’s camp insists that he’s serious about 2016.
“We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” said Trump’s special counsel, Michael Cohen. “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”
Trump has also hinted toward a run in public statements.
“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump said. “I’d be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country … I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great.”
But a Trump 2016 run would have some big roadblocks. While Trump is known mostly for his attention-getting statements and pressure on President Obama to release his birth certificate, he is light on experience compared to other GOP potential candidates like Chris Christie or Marco Rubio.
Trump has stood out for his lack of experience in foreign policy and some odd statements in this area. In 2011 he advocated that the U.S. not pull out of Iraq, but rather stay in the country and seize the oil fields to pay for the war.
“We pay ourself back $1.5 trillion or more. We take care of Britain, we take care of other countries that helped us,” said Trump at the time.
If Trump were to somehow overcome his lack of experience and earn the Republican nomination in 2016, he would likely run into a buzzsaw known as Hillary Clinton. Though the former Senator and Secretary of State has not declared her intention for 2016, she has led in early polls. Trump wasn’t included in the polls, but if Clinton shows a wide lead over more serious candidates, she would likely crush Donald.
Though the real estate mogul and reality television star may flirt with a campaign, a Trump 2016 run likely won’t go anywhere.