The race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 is wide open.
So open, in fact, that billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump is once again flirting with a run.
Trump will step further into the ring than ever before Thursday by speaking at one of the largest conservative conferences in the country. The Donald is a last minute addition at CPAC and will appear in a lineup with other potential 2012 candidates before a crowd of nearly 10,000.
The reality television host has been talking to friends and associates about the possibility of mounting a run for months and has said as much during multiple cable news appearances.
Trump has floated the idea of running for president at least three times since the 1980's.
Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.