ABC News’ Gregory Simmons (@abcgregory) reports:
While the bulk of GOP hopefuls jockey for position this week in Ames, Iowa, ahead of Saturday’s straw poll, one former contender has signaled he might jump back in.
In a phone interview from New York Monday afternoon with CNN, Donald Trump said he “would seriously consider” While discussing the recent downgrade by Standard and Poor’s, Trump said the creeping economic downturn was the impetus behind him re-visiting the question of a run.
“If the economy continues to go the way it’s going, and if the republicans pick the wrong candidate, I would certainly consider it,” Trump said.
While the real estate mogul turned reality star decided against running for the Republican nomination in May, Trump has indicated a number of times the question of running for president is not definitively settled.
“I made a decision for a reason and I will tell you I was happy with the decision,” Trump said of not running.
Trump told CNN if he runs, it will be as an independent.
“I would seriously consider [running] as an independent, “Trump said. “I think it’s maybe time for that.