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Monday, May 16, 2011

Trump and Huckabee Decide This Week Not To Run For President

It must have been quite an easy decision, really. For both Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump, who both made announcements this week that they would not be running in the upcoming presidential election, they had to choose between maintaining their on-air personalities, or form the necessary committes to begin their election campaigns.
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Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, used the last 10 minutes of his Sunday show on Foxnews to take his name off of the list of presidential hopefuls.  It was rumored that word came from the top that Huckabee needed to make a decision soon about his choice, due to Federal Election Commission's rule about equal time for all candidates on the air.  Huckabee is paid about $500,000 per year by Foxnews, even though his show has been struggling for ratings as of late.  Huckabee also has business interests in writing books, and online "history" lessons for kids.

For The Donald, he announced that he was not running for president either, even though he said "if I ran, I'd win."  The day after Trump announced he would not be running, NBC said in a press release that it had renewed the contract to keep Trump on The Apprentice.  Trump will now make approximately $3 million per episode.

Knowing that the President of the United States is paid roughly $400,000 annually for his services, was it ever really in question if either of these gentlemen would run for office?  Both men are paid huge sums of money to appear on television.

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