Republicans out of the race for president
Donald TrumpThe wealthy businessman brought an end to the circus-like speculation that had surrounded the reality stars political future in recent months when he announced May 16, 2011, that he would not run for president.
Trumps decision brings to an end a political roller coaster ride on which the flamboyant celebrity pushed the debate over whether President Obama was born in the United States into the public eye and rose as high as second place in polling on the 2012 race.
"I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly," he said in a statement announcing his decision. "Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."