It is no surprise that real estate mogul Donald Trump has decided against a 2012 presidential bid. It’s also not the first time he’s suggested he would run and but then backed out. Trump said that business is what he loves most, and he isn’t prepared to leave the private sector—even though he so would have won, he says.
“After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency,” he said in a statement. “This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. ... I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done halfheartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Clearly, Trump’s ego continues to be as big as his real estate holdings, so why let facts get in the way of good bow-out statement? Perhaps because he’s decided against a presidential run he’s stopped reading the polls. According to a survey taken by Public Policy Polling last week, Trump’s popularity had plummeted.