Donald Trump Announces He Will Not Run For President In 2012

It seems like Donald Trump won’t be adding presidential candidate to his list of achievements after all. In an email statement Monday, Trump outlined his reasons for bowing out of the 2012 presidential race. The news came as a surprise to some, especially condisering the ground Trump was gaining among 2012 Republican hopefuls. Just last month, a CNN nationwide poll of adult Republicans showed Trump tied for the presidential lead with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at 19 percent each. Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, was third at 12 percent.

Donald Trump speaks at the Comedy Central celebrity roast in his honor in March in New York.

It seems like Donald Trump won’t be adding presidential candidate to his list of achievements after all.

In an email statement Monday, Trump outlined his reasons for bowing out of the 2012 presidential race. The news came as a surprise to some, especially condisering the ground Trump was gaining among 2012 Republican hopefuls.

Just last month, a CNN nationwide poll of adult Republicans showed Trump tied for the presidential lead with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at 19 percent each. Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, was third at 12 percent.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll also showed Huckabee and Trump tied for second, at 17 percent each. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney led with 22 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 11 percent, and Palin 10 percent.

Huckabee dropped out of the race on Saturday.

Below is the full text of Trump’s statement:

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.

I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
Donald Trump
I want to personally thank the millions of Americans who have joined the various Trump grassroots movements and written me letters and e-mails encouraging me to run. My gratitude for your faith and trust in me could never be expressed properly in words.

So, I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politician’s thoughts.  My ability to bring important economic and foreign policy issues to the forefront of the national dialogue is perhaps my greatest asset and one of the most valuable services I can provide to this country.

I will continue to push our President and the country’s policy makers to address the dire challenges arising from our unsustainable debt structure and increasing lack of global competitiveness.  Issues, including getting tough on China and other countries that are methodically and systematically taking advantage of the United States, were seldom mentioned before I brought them to the forefront of the country’s conversation.

They are now being debated vigorously. I will also continue to push for job creation, an initiative that should be this country’s top priority and something that I know a lot about. I will not shy away from expressing the opinions that so many of you share yet don’t have a medium through which to articulate.            

I look forward to supporting the candidate who is the most qualified to help us tackle our country’s most important issues and am hopeful that, when this person emerges, he or she will have the courage to take on the challenges of the Office and be the agent of change that this country so desperately needs.  

Thank you and God Bless America!

CBS New York