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Florida rally prompted Trump's plunge into politics

Florida rally prompted Trump's plunge into politics

Donald Trump the icon, real estate mogul and reality TV star is a long-familiar national brand. But his launch as a politician arguably began at a tea party rally four years ago in Boca Raton. In April 2011, the part-time Palm Beach resident stood before a cheering throng of thousands, some chanting "Run, Donald, run." Video clips of the event show Trump in pink tie, dark suit and distinctive pompadour, sounding a lot like a future candidate when he boasted of having "the qualities needed for the White House." Tea party leaders say the Boca rally fired up their movement and nurtured Trump's ambitions, paving the way to his fast-rising campaign this year. ...

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