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.
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.
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.