06/16/2015 03:32 pm ET Updated Jun 17, 2015

Lindsey Graham Says Trump Is A 'Dream Come True' For Consultants

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's entry into the 2016 presidential contest is a "dream come true." Or at least it is for professional political handlers, quipped South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's may GOP competitors.

"I think it is a dream come true for people in the business," Graham joked Tuesday to reporters on Capitol Hill, several hours after Trump announced his plans in a rambling, off-script announcement.

But Graham also had some more serious thoughts about Trump.

"Here’s the simple answer, and it’s the true answer," Graham said. "His fate is in the hands of the voters, like mine. I’m completely OK with it. He believes in the private market. So do I. All these campaigns are basically businesses trying to sell themselves. He’s larger-than-life character, but he has the same challenges as everybody else. Can he get enough investors, can he get enough buyers?"

Not that Graham, himself regarded as a long-shot candidate, seemed to think Trump would do much damage in the crowded Republican field.

"This will take care of itself," Graham said.



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