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Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.

President Donald Trump? We’ll look at what "candidate" Trump means for republican voters today - and what he means for the GOP.

Donald Trump (AP)
Donald Trump (AP)

The 2012 presidential election is just a glimmer on the horizon right now. Republican candidates are dipping their toes in the water.

Here comes big, brassy billionaire Donald Trump running full-tilt at the pool and doing a cannonball.  Hardly anybody's paying attention to the Pawlentys and the Barbours - all eyes are on Trump.  A lot of people - including GOP establishment types - think his candidacy is a bad joke.  But to many conservative Americans, Donald is a diamond with just the kind of rough edges they love.

This hour: Donald Trump and the Republican voter.

Guests:

Neil King Jr., Washington political reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Recently from King: "Trump Candidacy for White House Gaining Ground" (WSJ).

Gwenda Blair, author of "Donald Trump: Master Apprentice" and "The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire."

Matt Continetti, opinion editor and columnist for The Weekly Standard. He’s author of the book, "The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star."

Bob Vander Plaats, president of the conservative organization The Family Leader, and a former candidate for governor for Iowa. He served as the Iowa state chair for Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign.

This program aired on April 21, 2011.

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