Trump didn’t include Mike Pence in his list of ‘very good’ Republicans and possible 2024 presidential candidates

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Then-Vice President Mike Pence and then-President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 29, 2020.

  • Donald Trump didn’t include Mike Pence in his list of “very good” GOP leaders and potential 2024 presidential candidates.
  • Trump named Ron DeSantis, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kristi Noem.
  • Pence is reportedly considering a 2024 presidential bid if Trump decides not to run.
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Former President Donald Trump didn’t include his former vice president in his list of “very good” Republican leaders and potential 2024 presidential candidates during a new interview with conservative commentator Lisa Boothe.

Instead, Trump named Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

“Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida,” he said. “I think Josh Hawley has shown some real courage in going after big tech … Somebody that’s been really terrific is Ted Cruz.”

He added, “Rand Paul has been great … Sarah Huckabee is going to do great in Arkansas. I think that Kristi Noem has done a terrific job … The Republican Party is stacked.”

Trump said he’ll make his decision on whether or not to run for reelection “later.”

Pence is reportedly considering a 2024 presidential bid if Trump decides not to run. Following the election, Trump accused Pence of lacking the “courage” to illegally overturn the presidential election results, inciting pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 to call for Pence’s hanging.

During the interview, Trump also repeated his false claims that Pence could have rejected certain states’ Electoral College votes during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.

“It’s too bad Mike Pence didn’t go back, because you would have had a much different result had Mike Pence gone – he could have said, ‘I’m sorry, but this was not approved by the state legislature, and according to the Constitution, it had to be,'” Trump said.

Pence hasn’t publicly criticized Trump’s pressure campaign against him even as the former president has continued to lie about the election results and Pence’s role in certifying the election.

The former president took the opportunity to attack a few fellow Republicans, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ben Sasse, who he called a “loser.”

Trump also said he’ll continue to endorse Republican candidates who support his agenda, even if they’ve “said something a little bit off-color with respect to me.”

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Vegas is betting on Trump announcing his 2024 reelection bid during highly-anticipated CPAC speech

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President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at Las Vegas Convention Center on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Vegas betting odds suggest Trump will declare his 2024 reelection bid at CPAC on Sunday.
  • The former president is expected to use his speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party.
  • Many CPAC attendees have already said they would vote for him if he decided to run again.
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Vegas is betting on Former President Donald Trump announcing his 2024 election bid during his highly-anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, according to Fortune.

The former president will be making his first public appearance since leaving the White House last month.

He is expected to use the speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative moment and criticize President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his immigration policies, Reuters reported last week.

But the big question remains whether Trump will use his time on stage to announce his run for president in the 2024 election.

As of Friday morning, those odds were 4 to 5, according to betting aggregators US-Bookies.com. This suggests that 55.6% implied the probability that Trump would put his name on the list.

“The betting markets seem confident that Trump will declare his candidacy during his speech, but not so much that he’ll be doing so as a member of a party that isn’t the GOP,” said a US-Bookies spokesperson according to Fortune. “The odds of Trump running in 2024 and not representing the Republican party are 4 to 1, which equates to just a 20% chance.”

More than a dozen CPAC attendees interviewed by the Wall Street Journal have already said they would back Trump if he were to run again in 2024.

A Politico-Morning Consult poll published three days after Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial found that 54% of Republican voters would back Trump in the primary.

“I want President Trump to announce that he’s going to stop President Biden,” Trump supporter Veronica Sullivan told the Wall Street Journal this weekend. “I want Trump to say that Biden is not the president … and he’s going to be running again.”

Earlier this week, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said that Trump likely would win the GOP presidential nomination if he decided to run again in 2024. 

“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said during a New York Times virtual event on Tuesday, according to Fortune. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”

Romney has been a vocal opponent of the former president is the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials.

Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden, who beat him by more than 7 million ballots in the popular vote. 

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