The Pollcast: Mr. Trump goes to Cleveland

Donald Trump storms Cleveland, as the Republican National Convention comes to town. What impact will the convention and Trump's choice of Mike Pence as his VP have on the campaign? Host Éric Grenier is joined from Cleveland by the CBC's Keith Boag to discuss.

Host Éric Grenier is joined from the Republican National Convention by the CBC's Keith Boag

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to introduce his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (The Associated Press / Evan Vucci)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

The Republican National Convention being held this week in Cleveland, Ohio is Donald Trump's chance to unite the party behind him in his quest for the White House.

Will it work?

Last week, Donald Trump announced that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be his running mate. An attempt to attach a sturdy, experienced politician to Trump's erratic ticket, it was the first act in normalizing Donald Trump in preparation for the campaign against Hillary Clinton.

The second act is taking place this week. His team has descended upon Cleveland to put a Trumpian stamp on the Republicans and their National Convention, which is bereft of appearances by some of the biggest names in the party.

It is an indication that the fissures exposed by his unorthodox candidacy will not be papered over so easily.

What does this mean for the U.S. presidential campaign?

Joining host Éric Grenier from Cleveland on this week's episode of the Pollcast is Keith Boag, the CBC's senior reporter in Washington, D.C.

CBC correspondent Keith Boag joins us from Cleveland to discuss what's at stake this week for Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

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