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article imageDonald Trump quits Republican Party, switches to 'independent'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 24, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Billionaire Donald Trump real estate mogul, has moved to change his party affiliation. He changed his voter registration on Thursday and announced he was going independent. He has stated his interest in a third-party presidential run in 2012.
Special counsel to Trump, Michael Cohen, said on Friday: "Mr. Trump has said for almost a year that if he is not satisfied with who the Republican candidate is, he may elect to run as an independent. This change in party affiliation certainly preserves his right to do so, after the finale of 'The Apprentice' (reality show) in May."
Cohen was asked whether there was any particular development in the GOP nomination race that prompted his decision. Cohen said no. CNN reports that Cohen said Trump was "disgusted with the way Republicans are handling" the payroll tax cut extension. According to him, the Republican party only gave Obama a political victory. Cohen also cited foreign policy issues. He said Trump had predicted that serious security issues will arise after U.S. troops pulled out from Iraq. Cohen said, "Iraq is imploding. Who else has been saying this except Trump?"
Trump has indicated that he may align with Americans Elect, an online political outfit NY Daily News describes as, "a presidential nomination website that brands itself as a non-partisan, non-profit initiative to empower voters over political parties. The site invites Americans to register and vote in an online nominating convention next June."
Trump tweeted last week that, "there were thousands of e-mails from folks urging me to seek the Americans Elect Presidential nomination.” NY Daily News reports that Cohen boasted that, "With the 2.3 million ballot petition signatures that Americans Elect has collected, and Trump’s large online following, a merger between the two is something that should bring concern to both parties."
Politico reports that despite Trump's party switch, he would still be able to vote in the New York presidential primary in April. According to CNN, in December, Trump cancelled appearance as moderator of a Newsmax-sponsored GOP presidential debate, saying he was not, "willing to give up...right to run as an independent candidate."
Los Angeles Times says Trump had once been a registered Democrat.
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