The Donald is gearing up for Tampa.
When the Republican National Convention kicks off next Monday, Donald Trump will have a “surprise” role on its first day, people familiar with the matter said Sunday evening.
Convention organizers won’t say what he’ll be doing in Tampa or whether he’ll address the delegates there. But they promise the controversial billionaire and prominent anti-President Barack Obama provocateur will be part of their opening day schedule.
The move will undoubtedly generate headlines given the real estate mogul’s star power and his flair for the unconventional.
But it will also give Democrats an avenue to pound the GOP for giving a platform to a man who has relentlessly questioned Obama’s citizenship.
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Second, we’re pretty sure the surprise won’t involve a renewed call for President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, or another of Trump’s more outré political interests. Nominees get to run the whole show at big party political conventions, and presumptive banner-carrier Romney is well aware that Trump’s bluster about possible secrets in Mr. Obama’s past does not play well with independent voters. Plus, Trump won’t just blurt something out. He’s perfectly capable of playing coy when the situation demands it.
On Tuesday, for instance, Trump told Greta Van Susteren that Obama needs to release his college records. Then he declined to elaborate as to why, despite pointed follow-up questions from the Fox News host.
(Go to Trump’s Twitter feed, and you find the fuller story. The Donald has tweeted that it’s possible Obama applied to Occidental College as a foreign student, among other things.)
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