They could be up for running as soon as November if Donald Trump doesn’t get a win…
They might have to wait till after January 20th, 2021…
President Trump faces more than nine months left in office before voters head to the polls to decide on his reelection, but the early dynamics of the race to succeed him are already on display.
Several prominent Republicans who have been floated as potential 2024 candidates took the stage at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., making appearances at the confab to boost Trump while keeping up their own profiles.
While the potential for a second Trump term looms large, Republicans have already started buzzing about who may run to replace him, such as Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Speaking at the annual gathering is viewed as a key step for any potential GOP presidential hopeful, with Republicans this week presenting themselves to thousands of activists amid speculation over their political futures post-Trump.
“CPAC gives prospective candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves to the some of the most active and influential conservatives throughout the country,” Sean Spicer, the former White House communications director, told The Hill….
A handful of other GOP figures who have been floated as potential 2024 candidates made appearances at CPAC this year, including Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
Trump Jr. and Hawley, two conservative firebrands who have emerged as favorites of the GOP base, appeared onstage together at a panel railing at social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter for allegedly suppressing conservative accounts.
Several politicians who have later gone on to launch White House bids have been featured at CPAC, given its platform in front of thousands of faithful grassroots activists.
The CPAC tradition of fueling presidential bids goes back to former President Reagan. Reagan, then the governor of California, made an appearance at the conference in 1974 — six years before he became president….