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UPDATED: So it begins; Draft Trump 2012

March 4, 2011

You Decide: Do You Think Trump Would Run Serious Presidential Campaign?

March 05, 2011, Donald Trump says he’s considering running for president. Do you think Trump would run a serious campaign?

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Top Trump Business Adviser Scopes Iowa Politics

Published : Friday, 04 Mar 2011, 1:10 PM EST

NEW YORK – One of Donald Trump’s top business associates is heading to Iowa Monday to promote a potential Trump presidential bid.

Michael Cohen is vice president and counsel to Trump’s real estate development conglomerate.

He’s also a founder of Should Trump Run. The website is aimed at boosting interest and support for a Trump candidacy.

Cohen says Trump has no connection to the website.

Cohen says he’ll fly to Iowa on one of Trump’s private jets and spend the day meeting with top Republican lawmakers, operatives and grassroots leaders.

Trump told the Des Moines Register and WHO radio this week that he’d campaign hard in Iowa if he runs for the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama.

Trump has said he’ll make a decision by June.

UPDATE: TRUMP ROMPS ON RUSH – Donald Trump shows why he should be president

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ST. CHARLES, MO. — Decorated Iraq War veteran Nick McLaughlin of St. Charles, Missouri, has announced the formation of a grass-roots, all volunteer organization to draft New York developer Donald J. Trump for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination.

McLaughlin saw combat in three tours in Iraq in the US Marine Corp and was hit by shrapnel from a car bomb in Ubush, Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart and nine other medals including a Presidential citation.
 
“Under Barak Obama, America has become a laughingstock around the world,” said McLaughlin. “America needs a strong leader like Donald Trump to restore America’s economic strength and respect around the world.”
 
McLaughlin, who has never been active in politics before, said he had filed the committee with the Federal Election Commission and that the organization was not directed, authorized or funded by Trump. “I have never met Mr. Trump,” said McLaughlin, “But I am certain he is the man America needs.”

McLaughlin said the Draft Committee has posted a website at www.DraftTrump2012.com and would seek to collect one half million citizen signatures on petitions urging Trump to enter the 2012 contest.
 
McLaughlin also announced that Lynn Krogh, former Deputy Press Secretary for New York Governor George Pataki, former Executive Director of the Young Republican National Federation, and State Chair of the New York Young Republicans would serve as National Political Director of the Draft Trump 2012 Committee with the responsibility for setting up Draft Trump Committees in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida, and other early caucus and primary states.
 

McLaughlin met Krogh at the Conservative Political Action Conference- CPAC.   McLaughlin also said that Mark J. LaLiberte would serve as the New Hampshire Draft Trump Coordinator. LaLiberte is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. LaLiberte served as the public policy advisor for former Manchester Mayor (now Congressman) Frank Guinta, He also was an editor for Business NH Magazine and the Portsmouth Herald. LaLiberte holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science and a Masters of Public Administration degree, both from the University of New Hampshire.
 
McLaughlin said his group would work to convince Trump to declare his candidacy by the end of 2011 and urged supporters to go to
www.DraftTrump2012.com to sign the citizen petition.

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Long time Republican political operative Roger Stone weighs in: Why The GOP Nomination Process Could Benefit Donald Trump / Trump could dominate 2011 debates and emerge as a real candidate
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE contact: Nick McLaughlin 636-352-4212

Andrew Barnett was named as the Draft Trump 2012 Coordinator for California

Nick Mclaughlin, National Chairman of Draft Trump 2012, said Andrew Barnett, who currently serves as Executive Director for Michael Reagan’s Morning in America, would organize the state to help persuade Trump to run for President and win delegates for him. Barnett was active in Young Republican before beginning his career as a political operative specializing in organization by using Social Media as well as grassroots organizing.

“The liberal elites don’t like Trump because he’s wealthy but he’s talking sense to the American People and he’s a decisive leader,” said Barnett. “He will have a lot of support in California.”

Andrew Barnett began his political career as a young child campaigning beside his parents in California for Ronald Reagan. His father, Louis Barnett, was the National Political Director for Citizen’s for the Republic, President Reagan’s PAC.

Andrew is a Republican activist with extensive organizing experience in Senatorial and Congressional races in as well as State Senate and Assembly races throughout the Bay Area, coastal cities, southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, Inland Empire and the High Sierra’s up to the State of Jefferson.

Barnett is a graduate of the Republican National Committee’s Campaign Management College. His experience includes work for a nationally recognized polling firm as a Research Analyst.

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WE’LL ADD THIS; IF YOU’RE FROM NY AND REALLY WANT TO GET BEHIND A FELLOW NEW YORKER, TRUMP IS THE MAN. AS FOR PATAKI OR GIULIANI, WE WILL NOT SUPPORT THEM FOR PRESIDENT FOR VARIOUS REASONS, AND THEY WOULDN’T WIN ANYHOW.

SEE MORE IN OUR CPAC COVERAGE POST, AND ON OUR 2012 WATCH PAGE.

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