Will he or won't he?
Donald Trump kept political pundits guessing during an appearance at CPAC Thursday, offering no real hint as to whether he plans to make a run for presidency in 2012. "I will decide by June," the wealthy businessman said.
Nevertheless, Trump's rousing remarks before the CPAC crowd had all the trapping of a potential presidential contender. "The United States is becoming a laughing stock of the world," Trump said. "I deal with people from China. I deal with people from Mexico. They cannot believe what they are getting away with."
America has become a "whipping post for the world," he added.
Trump also laid claim to the some cornerstone issues of modern conservatism. "I am pro-life. Against gun control... I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense to people in business and not bankrupt the country. If I decide to run, I will not be raising taxes. We will be taking in hundreds of billions of dollars from other countries that are screwing us ... and we'll rebuild our country so that we can be proud. Our country will be great again," he said.
While he still has some important decisions to make about running, Trump didn't hesitate to weigh in with his opinion on other potential GOP candidates.
"Ron Paul cannot get elected," Trump said to mixed reactions. The CPAC crowd traditionally has a large contingent of vocal Paul supporters who loudly booed Trump's assessment. "Considering the shape the United States, we need a competitive person, a highly competent person."
"Honestly, he has just zero chance of getting elected."
On tap for Friday: Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is to speak Saturday, along with a closing keynote address from Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida.
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