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Donald Trump announces presidential bid

Donald Trump formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Donald Trump formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Donald Trump announced in New York City Tuesday that he is running for the Republican nomination for president.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd in New York City.

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“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he said.

In a lengthy speech often diverging into tangents, Trump outlined his ideas for the country.

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“I would repeal and replace the great lie, Obamacare,” he said of the Affordable Care Act.

On immigration, Trump said he would build a “great, great” wall on the southern border, paid for by Mexico.

On foreign policy, Trump promised tough action in the Middle East.

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“Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump, nobody,” Trump said.

“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” he said, adding that Secretary of State John Kerry was “making a horrible and laughable deal” with Iran.

“And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race,” he said, referring to Kerry’s recent leg injury.

Based on guidelines recently announced by the television networks, Trump could play a prominent role in the upcoming nationally televised Republican debate in August.

Those who rank in the top 10 in national polls — and Trump currently does, although he’s close to the bottom — will earn a place on the debate stage. That could place Trump in a debate alongside leading candidates such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Bush.

‘‘Selfishly, the networks would put me on because I get great ratings,’’ Trump said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Trump has teased presidential runs before, and always backed out.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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