WASHINGTON — There’s an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy…
Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
Here’s a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night’s main event on CNBC:
Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, “You’re fired!”
A quick sketch:
—Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens
—Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania
—”The Donald” gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world
—Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012
—Starred in reality TV shows “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”
Also of note:
The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September.
Might Trump be for you?
Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense
Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official.
Some other distinguishing issues:
—Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration
—Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls ‘the good ones’ to return legally
—Impose high tariffs on imports from China and Mexico to demand better treatment of the U.S.
In a nutshell:
Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire.