(The Guardian) The Democratic National Committee is treating Donald Trump like a serious presidential candidate.
The Guardian has learned that Trump has joined the tier of Republican White House hopefuls to whom the DNC assigns a full-time staff member, devoted to responding to statements and pushing back against his campaign.
Previously, the staffer in question only had New Jersey governor Chris Christie to monitor. But as Trump’s fortunes have risen in the polls and Christie’s have fallen, the DNC has changed its focus.
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The decision makes Trump the ninth candidate (out of 17) to which the DNC is devoting such resources. In addition to Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are also so monitored.
Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore and Rick Santorum do not make the list.