Yesterday Donald Trump just might have given a hint that he IS bull shitting about running for President again….
I have NO idea WTF he would want to put himself thru the wringer again with the TON of legal and money issues he has brewing….
Several 2024 GOP Presidential Nominee wannabe’s are heading to Iowa to have the first state’s voters get to know them early….
This is typical Trump….
Making sure EVERYONE see’s him as the ‘Boss’ and it plays to his ego….He’ll surely figure out a way to make money off all of this…
Running FOR President in America?
Mike Pompeo and Rick Scott are headed to Iowa this week and next, followed by Tim Scott in mid-April. Mike Pence plans to visit the early primary state of South Carolina, while Ron DeSantis appears to be conducting a soft launch in his home state of Florida.
Jeff Kaufmann, chair of the Iowa Republican Party, said he’s never seen so much interest so early in a presidential election cycle.
“Iowa’s going to be hopping,” Kaufmann said.
But what’s truly unique about the Republicans’ pre-presidential primary is the contingent framework that is unfolding around it. It’s a primary — but a wholly conditional one. Prospective 2024 candidates, donors and conservative media outlets — the entire Republican ecosystem — are building strategies and structuring the race around the single question of whether former President Donald Trump runs again.
It’s been nearly a half-century since either party had to navigate a primary in which a losing president loomed as a potential contestant.
“He’s got them in a box,” said Matt Moore, former chair of the South Carolina Republican Party….
“If you do nothing and assume Trump’s going to run and he says, ‘I’m not going to run,’ then you’re scrambling,” said Wesley Enos, the former chair of the Republican Party in Iowa’s Polk County. “Now is your opportunity, realistically.”
In part, the uncertainty surrounding the primary is a function of how infrequently presidents lose second terms — and remain politically viable enough to run again. George H. W. Bush didn’t loom over the 1996 presidential primary after losing reelection in 1992. Jerry Ford, after losing the White House in 1976, considered running for a full term in 1980. But he didn’t have anywhere near the pull within the party that Trump has today….
In a primary in which the former president is still outpacing every other potential contender, said Tony Fabrizio, who was a Trump pollster in 2020, the goal is not to be seen as preferable to Trump — but as the best alternative.
“As long as he holds sway, everybody’s going to be looking at, ‘How do I get his voters if he chooses not to run?’” Fabrizio said. “The No. 1 question — and if it’s not, they should fire whoever’s working for them right now — is how does my candidate get to be the second choice of Trump voters.”
In the modern era, the cycle of presidential maneuvering never really begins or ends….