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January 31, 2014

Trump talks tough but makes no commitments during WNY visit

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Trump suggested once again that he's interested in running for governor against Andrew Cuomo. He also said he could win, provided the stars align correctly.

“You have to have people that know how to win," Trump said. "And I know how to win.”

But still, will he run?

“I think that’s up to Mr. Trump to decide," Robinson said. “If we give him a positive outlook, this is something he might go forward with.”

“I’m very excited to have him here," concurred Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence. "He would make a great governor and we’ll have to see later if he announces.”

Trump scored points with gun-owners and other opponents of New York's new gun law, calling the SAFE Act the "Un-safe act" and saying he is licensed to carry a pistol.

The law governing ownership of assault-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines was passed last January in the aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

"If Gov. Cuomo's elected, he's going to take away your guns. I mean the SAFE Act is just the beginning," Trump said to applause. "The SAFE Act is a disaster."

Trump was greeted outside the restaurant by a couple of dozen opponents of the law, including Tommy Thompson, of Attica, who wore a Revolutionary War-style tri-cornered hat.

"I'd vote for Goofy if he ran against Cuomo," Thompson said.

Trump called the governor's plan to exempt new businesses from taxes "stupid."

"What about all the people that are up here with businesses that are being killed?" he said.

Under Cuomo's "tax-free" program for businesses, companies such as startups spun from university research and development could apply to stay in New York or come to the state to locate on or near college campuses.

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