The star of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has a bigger gig in mind – Donald Trump told ABC that he is mulling a run in the 2012 primaries to earn the Republican nomination for president. In related news, media mogul and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he has no intention of running.
“It could be fun because I’d like to see some positive things happen for the country. I’m going to make a decision probably by June,” Trump said, according to an AFP report.
He said he admired Sarah Palin but thinks he could beat her in a head-to-head contest for the nomination.
Trump, a Republican, indicated that he could easily reach into his own bank account for as much as $200M to finance a campaign, and said he will probably make a decision one way or the other by June 2011.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg, who has been both a Democrat and a Republican in the past and is currently an independent, indicated that he has no plans whatsoever to run in 2012, despite speculation that he may be considering running a third-party campaign. According to Politico, Bloomberg told CBS’s Katie Couric that his age – he’s 68 – was reason enough to rule out a run for the White House.
RBR-TVBR observation: One of the rituals in the aftermath of the installation of a new president is the naming and ratification of a new cabinet. A great deal of drama and entertainment value could be added to this process if Trump were to overlay the format of his successful television program onto the cabinet-filling process. And the nation may benefit as a whole, when for example a slate of competing celebrity apprentice Secretaries of State compete to bring home the finest international pact. And of course, White House hair stylist might well become a cabinet-level position.