In recent weeks, proclaimed businessman Donald Trump has been raising eyebrows and generating buzz about a potential GOP run for president in the 2012 election.
According to Fox News, Trump said he will decide by June.
"I never really considered very strongly running for the presidency," Trump said in an interview. "But the country has never been in trouble like it is now."
However, most people know Trump for his savvy businesses skills, not his political power. This celebrity status could both help and hurt him if he were to run.
"They've seen him on television, they see him as brash, outspoken, declarative, in charge, he makes decisions," former White House insider and Fox News contributor Karl Rove told Fox News. "We know that not necessarily from him making big decisions about big important issues, but him making decisions about who is on or who's off 'The Apprentice.'"
Besides the attention he has attracted from "The Apprentice," he has also raised eyebrows with his support for those who believe President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
According to the New York Daily News, these accusations could hurt him even further if he attempts to run as the GOP candidate.
"There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it's a sideshow," Obama's chief adviser David Plouffe told ABC's 'This Week with Christiane Amanpour.' "That's not leadership, that's kind of sideshow behavior."
However, according to a Fox News poll, 24 percent of people agree with Trump and share his skepticism about the birthplace of the current president.
"Sideshow behavior" aside, there is the possibility that Trump could be the GOP candidate. In a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Trump tied for second with Mike Huckabee at 17 percent, Fox News reported.