Coming up on Hardball… The Ringleader Returns!


Has the GOP Clown Show’s ringleader returned? Donald Trump is back in the spotlight after announcing his upcoming debate and meeting with Newt today. But as his interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd shows, he hasn’t dropped the Birther issue or his own presidential aspirations. He’s our top story tonight, with msnbc Political Analysts David Corn and Howard Fineman.


Who’s the easier target to run against in 2012? Would the White House rather face Mitt or Newt? We’re talking 2012 Democratic Strategy tonight with the leader of the pack, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and msnbc Political Analyst and New York Magazine National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.


Next up:  We’re covering the changing 2012 field: With Cain’s departure, Newt’s numbers are up in Iowa and New Hampshire and Romney’s are down. Will Cain’s endorsement affect the race? And what’s Gingrich’s strategy? We’ll talk it over with Fmr. DNC Chair Ed Rendell and Fmr. RNC Chair Michael Steele.


Plus: The Daily Beast’s Buzz Bissinger on the latest development in the Penn State scandal: Jerry Sandusky’s interview with the New York Times over the weekend. You won’t believe what Sandusky said. 

Coming up on Hardball... The Ringleader Returns!