Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Talking Points Memo shares a clip of Donald Trump telling Fox News that he understands why Ross Perot briefly dropped out of the presidential race in 1992:
The media heat might be starting to get to Donald Trump. As he said last night on Fox News, he can see why another businessman who eyed the White House, Ross Perot, briefly dropped out of the race in 1992.
"I feel fine about it. I mean, ultimately, the country supersedes all of it, and I feel fine about it," said Trump. "But I have heard over a lifetime that if you have really accomplished a lot and done a lot, you cannot run for high political office — and I can see why.
"I can see now why Ross Perot dropped out. You know, he dropped out of the race, and then he went back in a week later. But he dropped out of the race. And I heard from people that were involved that he was just getting hammered, because he did a lot. He did a lot of deals, a lot of everything. And he didn't like it. And I guess he had a second thought, and he went back in. But I can understand it, and it's certainly not that pleasant, but it's something I can handle."
Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling delivers new numbers on Trump:
Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%. In the space of just four weeks he's dropped all the way down to 8%, putting him in a tie for fifth place with Ron Paul.
Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are at the top of the GOP race with 19% and 18% respectively. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are further back at 13% and 12%, followed by Trump and Paul at 8%, Michele Bachmann at 7%, and Tim Pawlenty at 5%.
As Trump got more and more exposure over the last month Republicans didn't just decide they weren't interested in having him as their nominee- they also decided they flat don't like him. Only 34% of GOP voters now have a favorable opinion of Trump to 53% who view him in a negative light.