Trump did a round of TV interviews on Tuesday to talk about the possibility of making a presidential run in 2012. Asked by MSNBC when will he make his decision, Trump offered little. “Well, I’ll make it over a period of time,” he offered. “For the first time in my life, I’m actually thinking about it (running for president),” Trump, who declared himself a Republican, told Fox News Channel.
Trump did not rule out the possibility of running under the banner of the Tea Party, the conservative movement that so far is seen as a sub-group of the Republican Party but which some experts think could emerge as a third party. The Republican Party is looking at a dozen or so potential candidates for the right to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012, such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The 64-year-old, thrice-wed tycoon is a larger-than-life figure in the United States whose company operates a string of resorts and casinos.