Maybe. But today’s NYT offers evidence against. In October 2013, Trump explored a run for Governor of New York. He met with GOP politicos: they planned to have him in office for one year, resign in favor of his Lieutenant Governor, then run for President. The deal fell apart because Trump wanted an uncontested nomination and Roger Stone advised him that whole exercise was unnecessary. Trump downplays the whole thing today.
So he has been planning a Presidential run for a while. I suppose the flirting with NY Republican lawmakers could have been an elaborate head fake. But this doesn’t look like a story that Trump has pushed.
Wow 1: It is appalling that Trump and NY Republican lawmakers would plot such a stunt. One year in the governor’s office!?! To his credit, their eventual nominee Rob Astorino refused to form a unity ticket and run with Trump as Lieutenant Governor. “I didn’t think that was fair to me, or the people, or the process.”
Wow 2: It is unfortunate that a guy with his eye on the Presidency never found it necessary or advisable to study the issues in any sort of depth. The candidate GWBush was tutored by Condoleezza Rice. Gary Hart thought long and hard about the Presidency. Those with national political experience pick up policy knowledge through osmosis if nothing else. Or at least they learn not to get burnt by spouting inanities.
Sort of. Factual corrections are for newspaper readers, maybe with a viewership of 1 million max. Trump grasps that the action is on TV - 1-2 million for daily cable news and 20 million for the debate itself. Trump appears to split his message up for different audiences. A little. I mean Trump is the GOP race’s biggest liar, isn’t he?
When will we see those tax returns?
Also topical: were Carson and Huckabee running branding exercises? (A: Yes and yes.)