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Should Donald Trump Run As An Independent?

Like businessman Ross Perot before him, Donald Trump is considering a run for the White House as an Independent. Should Trump run as a third-party candidate?

71% of writers and pundits say no
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last 24 hours | fivethirtyeight
Trump Would Lose Badly In A Third-Party Bid, But He Could Take The Republican ... - FiveThirtyEight
"...Donald Trump is making noise about an independent bid for president. If the Republican National Committee doesn't treat him fairly, Trump says, he'll be more likely to launch a third-party run. I don't know if he is at all serious, but I do know two things: History suggests that an independent Trump campaign would crash and fail; polling suggests that even if that happened, Trump could take the Republican candidate down with him.Trump received 20 percent of the vote in a hypothetical matchup against Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush in a newly released ABC News/Washington Post poll. But, if Trump were to run as an independent, his support would likely fade. Since the first Gallup poll in 1936, there have been five independent or third-party campaigns in which a candidate received at least 5 percent of the vote in early polls. All but George Wallace in 1968 ended up with a lower percentage of the vote than they initially garnered, according to Gallup surveys...." see full article


876 days ago | washingtonpost
Donald Trump's "third-party bid" is the escape hatch he's been looking for ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...Time will pass. He'll be included in polls (as has already happened) and will poll moderately well. He'll probably hold on to much of the support that he's seen so far, for a while.Then, eventually, he'll come back into the fold. Some candidate or the eventual Republican nominee will reach out to him, pledge to move his issues to the forefront, and get Trump's support. (This is known as "pulling a Romney.") Trump will be told that he can be kingmaker, can be the guy who won the election for the right. That will be hard for Trump to resist.And with that, the insurrection will be quelled. Trump will have gotten what he wanted, and be able to exit without having to admit that maybe, just this once, he didn't get what he wanted...." see full article


877 days ago | nytimes
Donald Trump Threatens Third-Party Candidacy - First Draft. Political News ... - New York Times

"...Some Republicans have questioned whether Mr. Trump is actually a Republican, pointing out that he has donated to Democrats over the years and held liberal positions on issues such as the health care overhaul. But if Mr. Trump runs as a third-party candidate, he could siphon votes away from the 2016 Republican nominee and effectively help a Democrat win the White House.Many recall how Ralph Nader was accused of being a factor in 2000 when Al Gore lost in a close election to George W. Bush, or in 1992 when H. Ross Perot won nearly 19 percent of the vote nationwide to hurt George Bush and help Bill Clinton prevail. For his part, Mr. Trump has attributed his Democratic donations as smart business investments and argues that his policy positions have evolved over the years...." see full article


877 days ago | motherjones
Donald Trump Says He May Run As a Third-Party Candidate

"...In an interview with The Hill, Trump said that while the RNC had been happy in the past to accept his money, the party has "not been supportive" of his candidacy. Consequently, he is mulling a third-party presidential run, and says the chances of him launching one would increase if he feels the committee treats him unfairly during the primaries."I'm not in the gang. I'm not in the group where the group does whatever it's supposed to do," Trump told The Hill, explaining why he believes he's unpopular with the GOP establishment.A third-party Trump campaign would be cause for celebration among Democrats, since he would potentially siphon off Republican support and clear the way for a Democratic victory...." see full article


877 days ago | salon
The Daily Donald: Trump teases third party run if GOP doesnt stroke his ego enough

"...Donald Trump heads to Laredo, Texas today to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and the former reality TV host is threatening to expand his us vs. them campaign to his own Republican party. With the first Republican primary debate exactly two weeks away, Trump is threatening to wage a third party campaign if he isn't treated better by the GOP...." see full article


877 days ago | politico
Trump Voters Are Hillary's New Best Friends - Rick Wilson - POLITICO Magazine - Politico

"...Don't be fooled by Trump's double-digit lead in a new poll: He is not going to win. He's not going to win the primary. He's not going to win the general. He's not going to win a third-party bid. Sure, he can damage the GOP ticket badly enough to guarantee Hillary's election, but he can't win. He's too flawed, too liberal, too undisciplined and too afflicted with verbal dysentery when even slightly provoked. He lacks the fundamental presence and gravitas of a commander-in-chief.Donald Trump is not running a real campaign. He is working the phones, stirring the pot and using the media ecosystem to its fullest. Soon, the bolder members of the field will follow Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in making harder and more decisive strokes against him. Unlike Trump, they'll use real oppo, tested and targeted messages ads built not just to cut, but to kill. They'll break his operational tempo, get inside his OODA loop and turn his circus into a crispy ruin. It's what real campaigns do...." see full article


878 days ago | politico
Trump Voters Are Hillarys New Best Friends - Politico

"...Donald Trump is not running a real campaign. He is working the phones, stirring the pot and using the media ecosystem to its fullest. Soon, the bolder members of the field will follow Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in making harder and more decisive strokes against him. Unlike Trump, they'll use real oppo, tested and targeted messages ads built not just to cut, but to kill. They'll break his operational tempo, get inside his OODA loop and turn his circus into a crispy ruin. It's what real campaigns do.Trump will lose, and Trump supporters will wake up with a combination I call herpes and a hangover. They may have had fun the night before, but they'll regret the hangover for a day. However, if Trump's games in this campaign lead to the election of Hillary Clinton, they'll regret the herpes a lot longer...." see full article



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