Millionaire businessman Donald Trump sent another signal on Monday that he is seriously considering a presidential run, accepting an invitation to speak at an early summer political event in New Hampshire.
Trump, who has said he will announce a decision on a presidential bid by June, has chosen the same month to participate in a “Politics and Eggs” forum organized by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, a representative to Trump confirmed to ABC News.
The visit to the crucial early primary state will be Trump’s first political event there since he indicated his interest in jumping into the 2012 presidential race, and a source close to Trump said it was likely to be his first event of this kind between now and the summer.
The Institute of Politics approached Trump about appearing at the breakfast, a well known speaking series that takes place in Manchester, NH. Two other potential presidential candidates, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have already spoken at “Politics and Eggs” events this year. (The Institute has extended invitations to all other major potential 2012 contenders.)
“You would think he’s the only person thinking about running,” Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump said in an interview with ABC News on Monday. “There are more requests for him to speak than there’s actual days in the month.”
Cohen, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization and the co-creator of the independent Web site, “Should Trump Run?”, is likely to travel to New Hampshire to meet with key political leaders and activists before Trump’s June event. Cohen recently took a similar trip to Iowa where he met with 18 GOP operatives in a single day.
“Every one of them expressed, not just an interest, but a fervent desire to see somebody like Donald Trump join the race in hopes that we can turn this country around because right now we’re really not in good shape,” Cohen said on ABC’s “Top Line” last week.
News of Trump's New Hampshire visit was first reported by WMUR's James Pindell.
Trump considered presidential campaigns in 1988 and 1999 but chose not to run.