WASHINGTON (AP) _ New York tycoon Donald Trump said today that he has formed an exploratory committee to help him determine whether he can win the White House as a Reform Party candidate.

``We're looking at the very strong possibility that we could win _ and not just the (third party) nomination,'' Trump said in a telephone interview from New York.

In a further sign of Trump's seriousness, he is meeting tonight with Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura _ the Reform Party's leading elected official. Ventura, a former wrestler who won the governor's office in a 1998 upset, is trying to find a candidate he can back in what is shaping to be a fractious nomination fight.