By Blake Neff - 08/14/13 12:47 PM EDT
Trump, who flirted with running for the GOP nomination in 2012 before eventually endorsing Mitt Romney, said Republicans would need to field the “perfect candidate — tough, smart, compassionate.”
Trump has said he is considering a presidential run and last Saturday made his first political visit to the key early-voting state of Iowa, speaking to social conservative activists at the Family Leadership Summit.
Trump did not say if he would be the ideal GOP pick but said a candidate who strongly emphasized business ability would have the advantage.
“I'm thinking, what's your ideal candidate? I think [2012 GOP nominee] Gov. Romney just didn't stress the business enough,” Trump said. “It never really came out the way it should have come out.”
Trump observed that most possible contenders, including Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had backgrounds in government rather than then private sector.