Trump: No Run for Governor, But Maybe President

Billionaire Donald Trump has ruled out a bid for governor of New York–but hinted he might run for president in 2008.

Megabuilder and late-blooming TV star Donald Trump flatly ruled out running for governor this year — but hinted he may go for president in 2008. Trump, in a phone call to The Post from his oceanside Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago, declared, “I’m not going to run for governor because I’m having too much fun doing what I’m doing now. “I’m the largest builder in New York, I’m building things all over the country, I have one of the top shows on television. It’s a little hard to leave all of that.”

Trump, a Republican, said he had been “inundated with calls” from GOP leaders since state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Rensselaer) suggested last week that “The Apprentice” star might run for governor. Trump, 59, called Bruno “a great guy” and a “longtime friend,” and said Bruno’s hint was “a great honor.”

But while The Donald repeatedly ruled out a race for statewide office, he strongly suggested he was interested in entering the national political arena in 2008. Trump, who considered an independent run for president in 2000, pointedly noted that his decision not to run governor this year “doesn’t preclude me from doing something [political] in the future.” He then repeatedly ducked questions on whether he would consider running for the White House, repeating that he’s too busy for electoral politics. But a political figure close to Trump told The Post, “Donald is definitely interested in running for president in 2008, possibly as an independent candidate.”

Even with his money, Trump wouldn’t carry a single state. He’s an interesting character but has too much baggage to be electable.

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  1. Jonk says:

    Well, he does have the proper ego requirement…

  2. Anderson says:

    I think that Trump’s leadership and entrepreneurship are just what’s needed … for Iraq. Can we get him on a fast plane there?

  3. Mark says:

    I could see it now, a big Trump sign on top of the White House and everything inside gold-plated! The joint would be bling city.