Entertainment mogul Donald Trump has already spent more than $1 million on electoral research for a potential presidential run in 2016, seeking to reprise a long running speculation in 2011 that he would run for the White House on the Republican ticket.
The New York Post reported that Trump is increasingly being asked to speak at Republican events, such as his appearance last week at a Oakland County Republican dinner in Novi, Mich., to a record crowd of 2,300.
“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump reportedly told attendees.
Trump did not end up running last year, but he made several attention-grabbing speeches, such as his $5 million offer for the president to turn over his birth records.
Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, said he had commissioned research into Trump’s standing in each state, and to gauge those he would need to win over.
“We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Cohen said. “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”