Manafort's Vows: The 10 Ways He Tried to Reassure Republican Leaders

Many pledges and assurances were made behind closed doors Thursday when Donald Trump’s convention manager gathered with RNC leaders from around the country.

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Many pledges and assurances were made behind closed doors Thursday when Donald Trump’s convention manager Paul Manafort gathered with top GOP leaders from around the country.

Reporters weren’t allowed inside the meeting with GOP national committee members, but an attendee shared a recording with Bloomberg.

Here are 10 things Manafort vowed the billionaire front-runner presidential candidate will do.

1. Trump will not seek to change anything about the nominating process this year.

“He’s not interested in changing the rules in this process. He’s winning. He’s not interested in changing the rules.”

2. He will merge his personalities of “private” Trump and “public” Trump in the coming months.

“When he’s sitting in a room and he’s talking business and he’s talking politics and it’s a private room, it’s a different persona. When he’s out on stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose. The two, you’ll start to see come together in the course of the next several months. He recognizes it.”

3. 'Magic' Trump will expand the general election map.

“What he is committed to, what he’s totally committed to, as the nominee of the Republican party, is carrying the brand of the Republican party into more than the traditional states. … He believes he can widen the map so that the path to 270 votes,  it has many ways to get to.” 

They “will look to using the unique magic of Trump and the ability he has to get beyond the traditional vote base.”

4. Just as Reagan did in his 1980 campaign, Trump will overcome popular doubts.

“Some of us are old enough to remember 1980. I can give you a profile of what they said about Ronald Reagan. He was an outsider. He didn’t know the issues. Europe would never work with him. His negatives were very high. He had a gender gap. ... We think that a lot of the appeal that Reagan had in 1980 is the same appeal that Donald Trump has.”

5. He will help down-ballot candidates win.

“He believes working with you and working with the state parties that we will be able to have a very victorious November, not just for the presidency, but for the Congress and a lot of the down-ticket places.

6. Trump can fix his high negatives in the polls.

“Clinton’s negatives are serious because they’re character based. People don’t trust her. People don’t like her. … Trump’s negatives are negatives that deal more with his personality. … Fixing personality negatives is a lot easier than fixing character negatives. You can’t change someone’s character. But you can change the way someone presents himself.”

7. Trump will raise money for the RNC.

“He’s made it very clear to me that I’m to make it clear to you that he envisions preparing a campaign operation that will be what you all are historically used to. We’re going to pull together all that’s needed. He is prepared to work with the RNC and the committees necessary to raise the money necessary so that we will be well funded."

8. Elite GOP concerns about Trump will melt away.

“He reached out for Rick [Wiley], myself and several others and gave us the mandate to bring together a team of professionals that could finish the job for him, but also begin to link in the establishment institutions. What you represent, what the state parties represent, the lot in Washington, the think tanks, the members of Congress, we started all those conversations because we think the more you get to know that he’s available to meet with you, that he cares about a united team, some of the personal concerns on his negatives will start to melt away.”

9. They will work with states on general election plans.

"As we move to the presumptive nominee stage we’re going to look to you, and using your states, to work with us to create the state plans to run the general election. We know because we’ve done this so many times with you that it’s not what we want to do in your states. You bring the local knowledge. We bring our piece of the pie and we will work together to work out campaign plans. ... We want to have those plans done by Cleveland.”

10. Trump wants GOP unity.

“We’re very interested in the Republican National Committee and we are very interested in bringing the party together.”

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