Real estate mogul Donald Trump insists he could have defeated President Barack Obama in 2012, and regrets that he didn’t run for office.
“I was leading in every poll…I regret that I didn’t stay in,” Trump told The Des Moines Register on Friday, a night before he was to speak on Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, an event attracting numerous GOP presidential hopefuls.
“I would’ve won the race against (President Barack) Obama,” Trump continued. “He would’ve been easy. Hillary [Clinton] is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable.”
Trump further said former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are doomed to lose the GOP nomination.
Trump has mulled a White House bid several times, including considering a run as an independent in 2000 and then hinting in 2008 and 2012, but he has never officially run. On Friday, he said it’s too early to say if 2016 will be the year, but he’ll make a decision before June.
He said in 2012 he decided not to run because he was still under contract for his reality show, “The Apprentice,” but that contract will expire after this season, he noted, and he hasn’t signed a new one.
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