Businessman Donald Trump weighed in on Conservative Political Action Conference and the results of the straw poll taken after the event.
Calling into Fox News on March 2, Trump played down the poll results, which put him in a distant eighth place, receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote.
“I think the poll isn’t so important. I think what was important was the enthusiasm. I think that’s much more important than the polls, because the numbers of the polls, I’m not sure that they mean very much,” said Trump.
Trump revealed at CPAC his increasing desire and intention to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Speaking on that matter, Trump said, “I’m very, very strongly considering it. As you know, I’ve retained some tremendous people from New Hampshire, from Iowa, etc., and we have a great team and I’m going to make a decision fairly soon.”
Even if Trump wins the Republican nomination, he still has to beat his Democratic foe, likely Hillary Clinton. In the interview, Trump didn’t seem concerned about her name recognition and popularity among voters.
“If I run, I think I’ll win. I think I’ll beat Hillary. I understand Hillary, I know Hillary. I know the weaknesses and the strengths. And I think that I would beat Hillary, and it would be more likely that I would win than somebody else.”
Trump echoed the same positivity in an interview on Feb. 27. In that interview, he stated once again that he would be the right candidate to defeat Hillary.
“I know what I’m doing, I understand the game. I’ve been in politics all my life, although not on this side of the ledger.”
He was also questioned on his credibility of following through with a presidential campaign. In 2011, he received much media attention for his comments on doubting President Barack Obama’s place of birth and continually said he was thinking about running for political office. Now, Trump said things are different in his life.
“I’m just in a very good position right now to do what I want to do. I have great executives, and my children are old enough that they can carry on” the family empire.
It appears this time Trump seems to be seriously considering running for president. He has hired political staff in the crucial primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and has recently met with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.
Trump insists former Secretary of State Clinton’s road to the White House will not be as easy as everyone believes.
“I think the election is going to be a very, very tough one, depending on who the Republicans pick … We have to pick a very conservative, strong, intelligent person that knows what to do and how to make this country great again, because our country is in serious trouble.”
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