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Top Trump Aide: ‘We’re Going to Run a Traditional Campaign’

Donald Trump's campaign team is in Florida to tell the Republican Party they are going to be the nominee ahead of Cleveland -- and reassure them that they plan to run a traditional campaign with the Republican National Committee and the rest of the party.

"It's the first campaign I've been involved in, I think in presidential politics, when after you've been eliminated, you're staying in the race and talking about how you're going to be the nominee," new top Trump aide Paul Manafort told NBC News, a note of incredulity in his voice. "Next week, Cruz is going to be eliminated. So the process has made its choice."

Manafort was working the halls of the Diplomat Resort and Spa with Rick Wiley, the former Scott Walker campaign manager who's now signed on with the Trump campaign. Manafort and Wiley, who's traded a prominent beard on his chin for less noticeable stubble, prepared a PowerPoint presentation to share with RNC members at a planned afternoon session.

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"We're here to let them know that we're going to run a traditional campaign with them," Manafort said. "We are Republicans, we're running as a team and we want them to understand that we're going to be working with them."

A chief concern of party members: Money, for the presidential race, the party itself and the down ballot races that will ensure the GOP keeps control of the House and the Senate.

"I think [Trump], leading the effort of the united Republican Party, can raise the money they need to beat Hillary Clinton," Manafort said.