Trump campaign continues to build staff, hires new campaign manager
President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are increasing their field operations despite the coronavirus pandemic, altering how traditional political campaigning takes place.
On Monday, the Trump campaign announced that 300 additional staffers had been hired, bringing the total number of paid field staffers to 1,500.
“We have the biggest and best ground game operation ever seen,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. “We’ve built lasting relationships with voters on the ground that will power President Trump to victory in November. Joe Biden scarcely emerges from his basement, is woefully behind in state organizations and lacks any enthusiasm behind his candidacy.”
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel says that the campaign’s top target would-be voters who like the president but are unlikely otherwise to participate in elections.
“In an election like this, where it’s going to come down to a few thousand votes in a couple of states, that’s when your ground game matters,” she told the Associated Press.
The Trump campaign also hired a new campaign manager, Bill Stepien. Brad Parscale, former campaign manager, will remain a senior adviser to the president.
The Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to the AP’s requests for comment on their campaign’s hiring.
“In this moment of crisis, Joe Biden’s message is resonating with voters because he has displayed the responsibility and leadership that the American people expect of a president,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told the AP. “Whereas Donald Trump has careened from failure to failure, undermining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with his instability and mismanagement while spreading hate to divide our country at a time when we need to come together more than ever.”
Earlier in July, the Biden campaign hired additional staff in Arizona and Iowa. The campaign is increasing its operations in the two states as polling shows Trump losing ground. Arizona has not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996, but with a widely watched and heavily financed senate race this year, Arizona is set to be a top battleground state in November.
Likewise, Iowa has a targeted Senate race as well which is gaining national attention. All four of the state’s congressional districts also have competitive races. Iowa elected President Obama twice but Trump carried the state in 2016.
Already the Trump campaign has made more than 55 million voter contacts this presidential cycle, more than it made in all of 2016, and amassed 1.4 million volunteers.
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