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DES MOINES, IOWA — Former President Trump’s return this weekend to Iowa, the state where the caucuses have kicked off the presidential nomination calendar for half a century, sparked more speculation that the former president would try and return to the White House. Will start bidding for 2024. .
While the former president has repeatedly teased running for the White House for months, Trump refused any form of speech during a nearly two-hour speech in front of a large crowd of supporters during a Saturday evening rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Refrained from flirting.
Trump returns to Iowa to endorse 2022 Republicans, but Trip takes down 2024 marker
While Trump vowed to “take America back,” he refrained from specific flirtation about launching another presidential bid.
But Trump backed Iowa’s position as the dominant state in the presidential primaries and caucuses as he pointed to his 8-point victory in the Hawkeye state in last November’s general election.
Trump said, “You proved why Iowa should continue to vote first in the country, that’s right. First in the country.” “It all started here and we’ll keep it right here, number one.”
Scott NH trip to help 2022 Republicans generates 2024 buzz
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina spent this weekend in New Hampshire, to help raise money for fellow Republicans in a crucial battleground state where the GOP aims to clear blue Senate and House seats in next year’s midterm. to change to red.
But for Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP, a two-day swing through the state that has held the first primary in the presidential nomination calendar for a century has led to speculation about his potential national ambitions. More speculation ensued.
Scott played the lead role at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee fundraising dinner in Manchester on Friday night. On Saturday, the senator opened a picnic and joint fundraiser for the Merrimack County and Concord GOP committees.
Scott grabbed national attention earlier this year when he delivered a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s prime-time address to a joint session of Congress, and he eyed $9.6 million during the second quarter of April-June. Made headlines by popping. Fundraising for his 2022 Senate reelection.
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He led his party in unsuccessful negotiations with congressional Democrats over a major police reform bill. In his Friday night speech, Scott urged fellow Republicans to show strong support for law enforcement, saying, “It’s up to us to stand up for men and women in the blue when others won’t.”
He joined National Republicans in urging GOP Gov. Chris Sununu to challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan the following year, saying “Sen. Chris Sununu has a ring for this.”
Haley disagrees with Trump on 2020 election
Former Republican Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina called Trump a friend but disagrees with the former president’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen” from her.
Haley, who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, said in an interview last week wall street journal That “there was election fraud, but I don’t think the numbers were big enough to drive the vote in the wrong direction.”
Haley, who led a major Iowa GOP fundraising dinner in June and whom political pundits see as a possible 2024 Republican White House, said in an interview with the AP in April that “if President Trump runs I would I won’t run.”
But in her interview with the Journal, Haley appeared to place herself in a more attractive position in the race for the next GOP presidential nomination.
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“In early 2023, should I decide there’s room for me, should I decide there’s a reason to move forward, I’ll pick up the phone and meet with the president,” she said. “I will talk to him and see what his plans are. I will tell him about my plans. We will work on this together.”
Haley strongly criticized the then-president’s actions in the immediate aftermath of a deadly uprising by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters at the US Capitol on January 6, aimed at obstructing Congress’s certification of now-President Biden’s Electoral College victory .
“His actions from election day onwards will be judged harshly by history,” Haley insisted during a speech at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting a day after he stormed the Capitol. “It’s deeply disappointing.”
But Haley shrugged off those comments in the coming months, and she told the Journal last week that the former president “has the ability to elect strong people, and he has the ability to move the ball, and I hope so.” That he will continue to do so. We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.”
What Cruise’s NH support says about 2024
Ted Cruz is joining an increasingly crowded race for the 2022 Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s first congressional district, one of the nation’s major congressional battleground states.
As first reported by Granthshala News last week, the influential Texas conservative lawmaker backed GOP candidate Carolyn Levitt, 24-year veteran of the Trump White House, saying in a statement that “it is time for a new generation of leaders.” Send to. Washington DC”
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Levitt is one of six Republicans vying for the party’s nomination in the race for the Democratic-controlled district the GOP aims to change from blue to red. The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the mid-term next year to secure a majority in the House.
While the support is all about 2022, it sparks 2024 speculation about Cruz, the runner-up for Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race and viewed by pundits as the next possible GOP White House goes.
Cruise generated buzz by traveling to Iowa in August. His one stop was when heading a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Nicole Hasso who, like Levitt, is running in a contested GOP House primary for a Democrat-controlled seat in a swing district.
The old rule of thumb for potential White House candidates was to remain neutral in party primaries in early voting states in the preceding midterm elections. But like so much in campaign politics, those norms have changed dramatically in recent years.
“I think they’re completely out the window. I think the laws of political physics have been bent in a lot of ways over the past five years. This is one of them,” said Jim Merrill, a longtime GOP strategist, several Republicans. A seasoned campaign of presidents, noted. “I think the upside of engaging early today with someone who you have a relationship with is, you know, you believe, a lot of upside for potential presidential candidates to join early.”