– It would be great to run. He did a good job. I think you have to run if you want to run. Who knows what will happen in 24? said Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who said he is not currently focusing on the presidency. – You can sell the things you do.
House and Senate Republicans made it clear in an interview on Wednesday that the GOP has no intention of turning its back on Trumpism – or Trump himself. This is in part because Trump remains an extremely popular figure in his party, far more than most congressional Republicans. Some Republicans were reluctant to discuss the 2024 race, but found it too speculative.
The political calculation is also clear. Although he will soon lose his oval office, he still has a Twitter manager and continues to firmly control his base. Republicans are reluctant to cross Trump, who could play a central role in the Senate and House pre-election in 2022 and cause trouble for those in office who break up with him. Future GOP presidential candidates will also be happy to court their supporters if they finally run another campaign.
Nevertheless, MP Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), One of Trump’s fiercest allies on Capitol Hill, said Trump “should go and get the party’s support”.
“The president is very popular in the Republican Party and it would be very difficult to beat him,” added Representative Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Chairman of the Conservative Republican Studies Commission.
With Trump slowly sinking to be replaced by Joe Biden, the president will start a public return bid in four years. And Republicans show little interest in defying a president who is rapidly transforming their party. Many have refused to recognize Biden as an elected president, and few have condemned his baseless allegations of electoral fraud.
The president could freeze the field until he considers another presidential post, despite seeing more than a dozen Republicans as potential candidates in 2024. Trump told members of the Republican National Committee on Tuesday that if his bid to challenge the 2020 election results finally fails, “We’ll meet in four years.”
“I would encourage you to keep this opportunity open. I would personally support him if he did. , ”Said Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who ripped Trump in the 2016 GOP pre-election and then became a close ally. “Most Republicans believe he has done a very good job and that his presidency has been very consistent from a conservative perspective.”
“If President Trump starts at 24, I will support him. It will be his decision, he went through difficult elections. Said Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Who added that most Congressional Republicans are likely to support Trump.
Republicans have also said they have few reservations about casting their faith in a newly defeated candidate to regain the White House, arguing that Trump has once faced chances – and polls.
“Is there a gentleman here who won in 2016 and then in 2020, not only by 15 million votes, but also outperforms? That’s unheard of, ”said Conservative MP Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Who noted that Trump won a larger share of black voters than in 2016. Trump, of course, has also bled support in the suburbs – including Arizona and Georgia, claiming Democrats have not won for decades.
Nevertheless, not all Republicans in Congress were reluctant to discuss the matter after Trump ruled the party for five years. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Said he was not talking about this type of hypothesis. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), A potential presidential candidate, declined to comment. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said he “didn’t think about 2024 at all,” and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said it was “too speculative.”
“I’m trying not to answer hypothetical questions,” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said. “I assume it will be a crowded field unless you clean the field.” I do not know.”
– We’re so far from that. I’ll tell you that. If he runs, I think he would clearly be his favorite. I think he would win, ”said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Who started against Trump in 2016 and started another race in the future. “I know it’s an interesting story, but I have no idea.”
While Senate Majority Whip John Thune (RS.D.) predicted that Trump would have many GOP supporters, Hawley suspected that some Republican senators would be frightened if Trump resumed: “Personally, I suspect that republican senators take their teeth, wail, and hate it. . ”
Some Republicans were tired of being asked about Trump’s various tweets and debates, including this week’s threat to veto the popular defense law, and reported that he could pardon members of his inner circle. But more senators from the GOP, especially representatives of the red states, openly support Trump’s possible third presidential candidate.
“The country has benefited tremendously from President Trump’s first four years and would benefit tremendously from Trump’s second four-year term,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Who said she hopes Trump’s efforts to overthrow him. the results of the 2020 elections are successful. “The people of Tennessee are very enthusiastic about a second Trump term.”
If Trump does make another offer, however, it could force Republicans waiting in the wings to hold back their presidential ambitions for another four years. The idea that Trump, as a GOP candidate in three cycles, could thwart the ambitions of an entire Republican generation.
“I’m from Indiana and I want to see my guy, Mike Pence, in the White House one day,” Banks said. – And hopefully [in] In 2024, Mike Pence will be on the ballot one way or another.
Marianne LeVine contributed to the report.