Whether he will be taken seriously is probably the first question on the minds of political analysts in response to billionaire Donald Trump’s latest pronouncement concerning his alleged political ambitions.
Trump has increasingly earned the spotlight since before the 2012 presidential election in which he made hints about a possible White House bid, which ultimately did not materialize, reports CNN.
But this time, he insists he’s serious about the notion:
“A lot of people think I have fun with [talking about running for president] and I enjoy the process, but the country is in very serious trouble so I am considering it seriously.”
Echoing a timetable similar to that issued by many other potential contenders, he offered that he will make his decision in “March, April or May.”
And as to which direction he’s leaning, he appears to be very much in favor of the idea:
“Until I see someone I think is outstanding, I’d be inclined to do it.”
Should he ultimately decide to enter the fray, whether and how he might compete with a potential Romney, Christie, or Bush candidacy remains to be seen. He would almost certainly have the backing of key financial donors in New York and elsewhere, but his appeal to the mostly conservative Republican voter base–assuming he chose to run as a Republican–may be doubt.