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Donald Trump leads would-be GOP presidential candidates in visibility, by a lot

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Donald Trump is proving that running around to countless media outlets saying he is the Democrats' "worst nightmare" while banging the "birther" drum that President Obama isn't being fully truthful about his birth certificate pays off.

A new Pew Research poll released Wednesday shows the brash billionaire leading the pack of other possible 2012 Republican presidential candidates in regards to public perception. A poll conducted April 14-17 shows that 39% of Republicans have heard Trump's name mentioned more than any other candidate's.

Mitt Romney was the only other Republican who scored double digits in the poll with 12%. Strangely, it could have been all the birth certificate talk that Romney found himself involved in last week that may have stuck in the heads of those polled.

Romney, in an appearance on CNBC's "Kudlow Report" a week ago, distanced himself from Trump and the other birthers, who have questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S. "I think the citizenship test has been passed," Romney said. "There are real reasons to get this guy out of office," he added, "but his citizenship isn't the reason why."

Earlier in the week, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi playfully noted that she asked Romney's spokeman to see the the former Massachusetts governor's birth certificate, but it was never delivered and has proved difficult to retrieve as "birth records are restricted in Michigan and only a person or parent named on the record, or a legal guardian or representative can request a copy."

Romney was born in Detroit in 1947... if he is to be believed.

Obama's Hawaii birth certificate shows he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.

Only four other possible GOP candidates were named in the Pew poll. Four percent of Republicans who were polled said that they had heard about Sarah Palin the most, 3% said they had heard about Mike Huckabee the most, and Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty each had 1%.

Among those who identified themselves as Democrats, Trump was top of mind to 26% of those polled. Romney trailed with 9%.

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Photo: A Donald Trump supporter wears buttons at the South Florida Tea Party's third annual tax day rally Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. Credit: Gary Coronado / Palm Beach [Fla.] Post

 
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Is Donald Trump running for president or is he trying to get the president kicked out for not being a citizen? Better get this thing all sorted out before the next election because this is all old material. There is kind of some REAL stuff going on out there that would make a pretty good base for a presidential run. But if we're focused on getting attention then mission accomplished.

This Donald Trump seems to be making a lot of noise sniffing around the presidency. I bet he'd love to get that job and fire a bunch of people since that's what he's best known for. We should elect him so he can turn this country into a giant over priced Casino. Hopefully he won't drive us to the brink of Oblivion like he did with his business.

Day by day The Donald seems more and more focused on running. This will be interesting. The Dems say bring it on!

Obama is not a U.S. citizen. This is the biggest coverup in history.

The whole Obama birth certificate issue is about Arnold Schwarzenegger running
for president someday soon...

Please Post this for (everyone) & forward this information, to
Mr. Donald Trump;
Obama, is beguiling everyone - not (only) about his birthplace..., but of so much more...!
For (Obama's) real name is: "amael!" "Wake-up, people!" &
Keep pressing..., Mr. Trump - for you are only asking for the (TRUTH)!

What good news for Democrats! The only news that would be even better is if palin is his vp. Ignorance is truly bliss. Keep going GOP, you just keep getting stupidier and more backwards every day. Thank you! Us smart people really appreciate it.

if trump is the top of the ticket for the republican party,it just proves the republican party is in real serious trouble.trump is not qualified to be president of the USA,his track record of having to file 3 or 4 bankruptcys is proof he can't even handle his own buisness,let alone the USA budget battle.i don't trust trump,listen to the news just today,about different lawsuits that were against him,he sounds to me like someone that we can't trust.he knows nothing about foreign policy,and when and if he goes up against pre. obama,trump will look like the fool he really is,the slop on top of his head makes him look like one of the three stooges,,,,,i guess you might say that trump,palin,bachmann act and carry themselves like the three stooges,the only thing their good at,is a real good laugh. people are not laughing with them,but at them.

I think that trump will surprise all of the legal Americans who can vote and anger all those who are ignorant and immoral cause maybe with trump we can clean up Washington and America, just maybe.

What Donald Trump brings to the table in "visibility", former NM Governor Gary Johnson will soon trump with substance.

Governor Johnson announced his candidacy in NH this morning.

Run Gary, Run

What does "by a lot" mean? Trump and Palin were meant for each other. To do what remains a mystery. NOT!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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