Donald Trump has decided not to run for president.
Despite plenty of speeches coming against President Obama’s views—and even calling for his long form birth certificate—the billionaire-real estate mogul will not seek the Republican party nomination. Mike Huckabee has also decided not to run, leaving only Newt Gingrich officially in the race so far.
“This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country,” Trump said. “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
It appears Trump will endorse the Republican nominee against Obama in the 2012 elections.
“I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs,” Trump said.