The threat of a government shutdown has dominated the headlines for most of the week. But a certain outspoken entrepreneur will not stand by in the shadows. One of the more compelling stories of the day emerged with the release of the latest NBC/WSJ Poll. According to the poll, Donald Trump may be a surprise contender for the 2012 GOP nomination. Not only is he tied for second among Republican primary voters, he’s the top dog among Tea Party supporters, beating the likes of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. The results came as the details from an upcoming Trump interview revealed that the real estate mogul has people in Hawaii conducting on-the-ground research into the president’s birthplace. Fortunately, we at Morning Joe were well-positioned to tell the story: we got it from the horse’s mouth. Mika had asked Trump the night before to call into the show. So the Donald dialed the control room and what ensued was a spirited, nearly 20-minute discussion, covering everything from his poll numbers, to his birther claims, to why he blames much of America’s problems on China and OPEC. It’s an interview that has people talking and will drive the day’s campaign conversation.