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After scheduling visits to Iowa and New Hampshire in June, and headlining a tea party rally this weekend in Florida, Donald Trump is heading to Nevada next week to speak to several Republican women's groups.
All of which, of course, is making the blogosphere go even crazier discussing the likelihood of a presidential campaign.
But even as Mr. Trump fans the "birther" flames and tells Florida tea partiers, "If I run and win, our country will be respected again," a number of observers are speculating that this is all one long publicity stunt.
Trump has said he's likely to use the May 22 finale of "The Apprentice" – which has had flagging ratings – to make an announcement. About when and where he will hold a press conference announcing his decision?
It wouldn't be the first time he's used the "Apprentice" finale as the platform for a major announcement – when he criticized the plans for Ground Zero in 2005, he promised to unveil his own proposal on the show's finale – and it's not the first time he's flirted with a presidential bid.
But even some colleagues at NBC are skeptical of his posturing. An unnamed NBC executive told Entertainment Weekly, "If he wants to spout off about things, we’re happy to let him. But our inclination is that he’s not serious about running for president. We think it’s a stunt.”
The flying rumors do seem to keep people talking about him, though. A Pew Research survey released today put Trump far above any other name as the possible GOP candidate Americans have heard the most about lately. Over a quarter of respondents named Trump, compared with nine percent who cited Mitt Romney, the next name on the list. That said, over half the respondents couldn't name anyone.