Donald Trump told Bret Baier on Fox News’ "Special Report” last Friday that he might still run for President this election cycle. "If I endorse somebody, I’m with that person," he said. "But if somebody else gets in who I think is somebody that I don’t think is appropriate for the job, [who] I don’t think would [do] well and would maybe not be a good president, and if the economy continues to be bad, I would run as an independent, yes."
Trump is also teaming up with Newxmax to moderate a GOP presidential debate in Iowa December 27. But how moderate, or immoderate, would his moderating job be if he is considering running for President himself?
To clarify his role in the debate, he issued the following statement Monday through Newsmax, saying he had no intention of running:
I have been deeply flattered that so many people have asked me to run for President.
First, when I was considering a Republican bid, and I led in national polls. Since then, some have even suggested I run as a third party candidate.
Let me be clear: I do not want to run as a third party candidate.
My priority, my number one priority, is to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.
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