- Lara Trump said she’s not running for Senate in North Carolina in 2022, but may in the future.
- The daughter-in-law of the former president was rumored to be considering a bid.
- Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd on Saturday instead.
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Lara Trump announced Saturday evening she would not be running for Senate in 2022, knocking down months of rumors and speculation while leaving open the possibility for a future bid.
“I am saying no for now, not no forever,” the North Carolina native told an audience at the North Carolina GOP state convention.
The daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump cited her two young children as the main reasons she wouldn’t run. She added that one is just a year old and the other is 3.
“When you do something, you give 100%. That is the only way to operate,” she said. “At the right time, I would absolutely love to come back and consider running for something here in my home state because I love it dearly.”
Donald Trump lauded Lara Trump, saying she would have been “tough” to defeat.
“But I think she did the right thing for her and for her family,” he added.
Instead, Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd in his speech Saturday evening, noting that a number of potential candidates had waited until Lara Trump had made her decision before announcing their candidacies.
“He will fight like hell. He will fight like nobody fights,” he said.