After enlivening the U.S. presidential campaign scene for three months billionaire businessman Donald Trump said on Monday he will not be running for the top political office.
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency, his statement said.
The 64-year-old real estate mogul and media heavyweight said he did not want to anything halfheartedly, and that he had unfinished work in his original calling -- business.
“I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector, he said.
But interestingly, he also claimed that if he were to run indeed he was capable of winning the nomination and then the presidency. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election,” he said.
So that prompts the question why indeed he opted to quit the race after starting off strongly and making his presence noticed among a crowded republican presidential aspirant list.
Political analysts have interpreted his motives for quitting the race in a variety of ways. While some think he quit after seeing the initial euphoria over his radical candidacy fade.
Some recent surveys have indicated that his support among the broader electorate was fading and that more than half of the voters might not stick with him if he were to go ahead with the bid.
His poll rankings had risen dramatically after he catered to the hard line republican electorate by questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship. He fanned the ‘birther’ debate so much so that Obama had to come out with a long-form birth certificate. But Obama's act also took the wind out of Trump's sail. He must have realized that his arsenal was not well loaded at a time when race was entering a more serious phase.
Some analysts think that Trump, an astute businessman, might have done the logical thing by opting out. Donald trump is an opportunist. He's a businessman and he has his own TV show which he has to market. So I think he looked at the 2012 Presidential campaign heating up and saw it as a marketing opportunity to build the Trump brand, Republican political analyst Rob Willington was quoted by the Daily Mail.