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    >>> donald trump says he'll be happy to throw hoopen the files on all his financial dealings and says even in bankruptcy he was proving just how smart he actually is.

    >> wait a second. you were chairman of the board. you were chairman of the board.

    >> i was chairman but i didn't run the company.

    >> you were paid $2 million a year.

    >> excuse me. i didn't run the company. i'm just telling you.

    >> why were you paid $2 million a year?

    >> excuse me. because of my genius.

    >> alex burns is deputy political editor for politico. in just a few weeks, trump is headed to new hampshire. the new reports could hurt his chances once record from new york city show billionaire trump did not vote for the primary elections for two decades. how much might that hurt him?

    >> this is something that we've seen with billionaire candidates before. meg whitman when she ran for governor of california last year, turned out she really had not voted in decades. it was used against her to make the case that this is not a person who is serious about politics. this is an amateur billionaire who is doing something fun. i think that that could maybe hurt donald trump but i don't think it will be a surprise to anyone that this guy is not a conventional politician and doesn't engage in politics the way the other members of the republican presidential field have.

    >> you know, listen, running for president, let's take just the state of iowa . there are republicans there according to a new a.p. report which question whether or not trump would attend the small meetings and fairs and those events that are critical to win over that key primary state. what's the read on that?

    >> that's maybe the biggest test for trump specifically in the next couple weeks as you mentioned he's going up to new hampshire where he's supposedly going to do a walk and talk event somewhere in the state. it will be the first time we've actually seen him interact with voters in a retail politics way. in those early presidential states, that's what really gets you where you need to go in terms of building support and so far we haven't seen trump do anything of the kind.

    >> okay. how about the new poll thgallup pole which shows huckabee at the top of the race with trump .

    >> i think the poll that you just mentioned, that has to be concerning for some republicans that top two candidates, huckabee and trump , are media personalities who are flirting with the race but haven't indicated th ed thd that they are seriou s about running. there's a desire for new candidates. faces that aren't out there campaigning already.

    >> okay. but let's talk about the populous perspective. the message is resonating with voters out there. one poll shows 70% believe the country is going in the wrong direction. do you think his voice if it is a populist one has some sort of staying power in this economic environment?

    >> whether or not trump is the right person to deliver that message, i think there clearly is a strong desire among republican primary voters in particular for someone to go out and say what trump is saying that america is on the decline. we can't trust barack obama to stick up for us on the national stage. the way trump says it is the u.s. is now the laughing stock of the world. he's clearly gained a lot of traction. he's had a big microphone to deliver that message and if another candidate can hit the same coward in the same confrontational way, they might go farther than pretty flawed guy like trump .

    >> okay. alex burns, thank you.

    >> thank you.

By and NBC News
updated 4/29/2011 9:08:30 AM ET 2011-04-29T13:08:30

Real estate developer Donald Trump unleashed a tirade of profanity in a speech at a boisterous Las Vegas casino as he assured a crowd of adoring supporters Thursday night that he is seriously weighing a presidential run and will make a decision soon.

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During a 30-minute stump speech focused mostly on foreign affairs, Trump sprinkled in a number of insults directed toward the nation's leaders.

"Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people," he said. "It's just very, very sad."

Trump used the "f-word" five times throughout his remarks, scoffing at his dealings with "f---ing politicians" and saying that oil cartels should be instructed that they are "not going to raise that f---ing price."

The setting was fitting for the casino mogul whose moniker is draped across the gold-tinged Trump International Hotel & Tower just off the Las Vegas Strip. An open bar greeted more than 1,000 people, waiters passed hors d'oeuvres and a Trump impersonator entertained the crowd.

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At one point, a woman in the lavish reception at the Treasure Island casino on the Las Vegas Strip yelled out that Trump should run for president.

"I think I am going to make you very happy," the developer said.

But he later said: "There is a really good chance that I won't win because of one of these blood-sucking politicians."

Video: Trump: ‘This country is going to hell’ (on this page)

Trump blasted President Barack Obama's handling of Libya, Iraq, China and Afghanistan, and in one of his many curse-bombs, he lamented the nation's focus on building schools in war-torn Afghanistan, while neglecting education in the United States.

He said he wouldn't help struggling nations such as South Korea or Libya without payment and promised to use swear words while negotiating with China.

"I'm not interested in protecting none of them unless they pay," he said.

A frequent critic of the federal health care law passed last year, Trump said the Supreme Court should decide the dozens of lawsuits challenging the legislation and urged district courts not to waste their time on it.

Trump has created waves by questioning whether the president was born in the U.S. Obama produced his detailed Hawaii birth certificate on Wednesday , and Trump eagerly took credit for the reveal.

Story: Analysis: Obama had no choice in 'birther' fight

Trump's visit to Nevada came a day after he traveled to New Hampshire, which is set to host the first presidential primary in 2012. Nevada's caucus is scheduled to be the third presidential contest next year.

Trump hosts the successful reality series "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC. ( is a joint venture between NBC Universal and Microsoft.)

"I would have to give a lot of stuff up," he told the casino crowd Thursday. "But you know what? It is peanuts compared to the importance of this country."

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