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Politico: Trump Piecing Together Campaign 'Ready for Prime Time'

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 10:51 AM

Conspicuous billionaire Donald Trump’s soundbite-worthy presidential candidacy, which began as a punchline, "is now working to put together a ready-for-prime time operation that can withstand the rigors of a campaign waged beyond the realm of stage-managed rallies, television screens and Twitter feeds — and suffering some stumbles along the way," according to Politico.

Since announcing his intention to run in June, Trump has surged in the polls and remained there despite controversial remarks about illegal immigrants, women and the war-hero status of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who spent years as a POW in Vietnam.

Trump rallies are filled with devotees who are sick and tired of the status quo. He recently released a "detailed immigration proposal that won over some skeptics," according to Politico, citing an official with the Center for Immigration studies who said he was "pleasantly surprised that his policy paper is as sophisticated as it is."

Trump's campaign has snared two "well-respected veteran operatives" to run the South Carolina ground operation, according to Politico, and is reportedly bringing on Nancy Mace, a highly sought after anti-establishment activist who was the Citadel’s first female graduate.

But turmoil is brewing behind the scenes, according to the website, citing "a person who has advised Trump in the past."

In early August, Trump political adviser Roger Stone left the campaign "under disputed circumstances."

According to National Review, the campaign claims it fired Stone because he "wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity." But Stone showed the publication his resignation letter in which he wrote that he was leaving because "'current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights' had become a distraction from the campaign’s message."

And while Trump rallies in New Hampshire are well-attended, the Granite State’s ground operation "has yet to channel that enthusiasm into a ground presence that matches rival campaigns," Politico reports.

An adviser to a rival New Hampshire campaign characterized Trump's campaign there as "more of a curiosity than an organization."

One of the billionaire’s main draws — that he’ll fund his own campaign and not be beholden to special interest groups — is also under scrutiny.

"While Trump claims to be worth $10 billion and has said he will spend 'whatever it took' to get elected, Forbes pegs his net worth at $4 billion, and he has only $300 million in liquid assets in a campaign cycle where the total tab for a winning campaign is expected to exceed $1 billion," according to Politico, which adds that Trump supporters have formed a super PAC and are "actively soliciting contributions."

Last month, NPR published a piece on Trump's wealth and whether it was sufficient to self-fund a presidential campaign.

"I don't need anybody's money," he said when announcing his candidacy, reminding people that "I’m really rich."

But NPR noted that outside analysts have challenged Trump’s claim that he’s worth $10 billion.

"Forbes magazine has calculated his net worth at $4 billion. Bloomberg News this week put it at $2.9 billion.

"Trump dismissed Bloomberg's estimate on CNN, scoffing, 'They don't know what I have. I'm a private company. They have no idea what I have.'"

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Donald Trump’s soundbite-worthy presidential candidacy, which began as a punchline, "is now working to put together a ready-for-prime time operation that can withstand the rigors of a campaign — and suffering some stumbles along the way," according to Politico.
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