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Lindsey Graham Welcomes Donald Trump to the Race

Graham doesn't sound worried about a Trump run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lindsey Graham didn't sound worried by Donald Trump entering the 2016 presidential race Tuesday.  

“I think it is a dream come true for people in the business," he said of the newest entrant into the crowded GOP field, causing a pack of reporters to break out in laughter. "Here’s the simple answer. His fate is in the hands of the voters like mine. ... He believes in the private market, so do I. All his campaigns are basically businesses trying to sell themselves. He’s a larger-than-life character, but he has the same challenges as everybody else. Can he get enough investors, can he get enough buyers.  

"This will take care of itself.”  

Trump, meanwhile, could bump Graham or another elected official out of key early televised debates if he remains in the top 10 highest-ranked candidates in the polls.  

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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