Trump Campaign Hires 300 ‘Field Staffers’ to Address Surging Biden
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced Monday they’ve hired an additional 300 staffers to help get out the vote in 20 target states.
The new hires bring the field operation of Trump Victory, the joint effort of the two organizations, to 1,500, which the GOP says is the largest it has ever mounted.
At the same time, the Trump campaign says it is on pace to eclipse the 2.2 million volunteers who helped re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012.
The announcement comes as public and private polls show Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden across key battleground states and nationally.
The most recent national polls have Biden leading Trump by anywhere from 4 to 12 percentage points.
Pollsters on the high end of the spectrum include the Monmouth University poll and USA Today, while the low end was captured by The Hill/HarrisX poll last Wednesday.
Even the Rasmussen Reports poll, which tends to skew Republican, showed Biden with a 10 point lead over Trump nationwide.
Trump campaign officials maintain that Biden’s summer surge is of little concern because their candidate also lagged in the polls in 2016, but managed to pull off the victory anyway.
They also noted Monday that Trump’s re-election staff count is more than double that of Biden, whose goal was 600 field staffers by the end of June.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told the Associated Press that campaign staff and volunteers will take advantage of the party’s massive trove of data to target and reach out to the ever-smaller pool of swing voters who are undecided.
The party is also looking to bring out so-called “low-propensity voters” — many of whom like Trump but are unlikely to vote.
The RNC has invested more than $350 million on data, technology and field programs since 2013. A key tool is “Trump Talk,” which harnesses both political and commercial data to provide staffers and volunteers with a dynamic script to use when contacting voters in person or over the phone.
“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,” McDaniel said.
The campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden did not immediately comment on the Trump hiring announcement.
It did however announce key staff hires in Maine and Minnesota.
In Maine, James Stretch will serve as state director, having previously worked as a regional political director with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as on a number of federal, state and local campaigns.
Portland, Maine, City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, is joining the Biden campaign as a senior advisor in the state. As a city councilor, Thibodeau served as chair of the city’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee and is a member of the Economic Development Committee.
In Minnesota, Ryan Doyle, who worked on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential primary campaign, joins the Biden campaign as state director, while Corey Day, longtime executive director of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, will serve as a senior advisor.
Lastly, Misha Battiste, previously national deputy director of surrogates for Elizabeth Warren’s primary campaign, will join Biden’s Minnesota team as coalitions director.
In The News
WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm... Read More
WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm during the 117th Congress, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cárdenas, of California, 119-107 in a secret ballot. The outcome of the vote, which was conducted remotely during... Read More
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is downsizing and letting most of its staffers go this weekend, with the exception of aides who... Read More
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is downsizing and letting most of its staffers go this weekend, with the exception of aides who are helping with election-related litigation efforts. Some aides who work at the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, were informed this week that Sunday would be their last... Read More
WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by... Read More
WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by either adding them to its "watch list" or fully endorsing them. But on Friday night came word the fund, the political arm of the New Democrat... Read More
The financial woes of President Donald Trump's campaign have forced him to scale back his television advertising in Florida, Iowa and Nevada just as Joe Biden and his allies... Read More
The financial woes of President Donald Trump's campaign have forced him to scale back his television advertising in Florida, Iowa and Nevada just as Joe Biden and his allies are pouring huge sums of money into a final burst of TV spots across every battleground state. The former vice president has bought $54.1 million in... Read More
This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would... Read More
This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to email@example.com. A pair of advertisements, one funded by a super PAC dedicated to securing... Read More
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - In the final throes of an increasingly daunting reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is revving up his rally... Read More
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - In the final throes of an increasingly daunting reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is revving up his rally schedule and whipping his supporters into a frenzy with the type of nonstop outrage that helped make him the most polarizing political figure of his time.... Read More