Lara Trump says her potential Senate run is a ‘no for now, not no forever’

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Former President Donald Trump, right, listens as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump speaks at the North Carolina Republican Convention Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Greenville, NC.

  • 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.

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Trump endorses GOP Rep. Ted Budd for 2022 Senate race at North Carolina GOP convention

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Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina in the 2022 North Carolina Senate race.

  • Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd in the 2022 North Carolina Senate race.
  • Before choosing Budd, Lara Trump announced that she would not be a candidate in the election.
  • In making his selection, Trump passed over former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker.
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During the North Carolina GOP Convention on Saturday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd for the Senate seat being vacated by three-term Sen. Richard Burr in 2022.

The endorsement came after Tar Heel native Lara Trump, the wife of presidential son Eric Trump, declined to run for the seat, after her name was floated for a potential run for months.

In a speech to the Republican faithful, Lara Trump cited the ages of her two young children in making the decision not to run, but she didn’t completely shut the door to politics.

“No for now,” she said, thanking her supporters in the crowd. “Not no forever.”

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After Lara Trump left the podium, the former president immediately pivoted to the Senate race, calling Budd “your next senator.”

“This is a complete, and total endorsement,” he said.

In selecting Budd, who has served in the House since 2017, Trump shunned the candidacies of former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker, conservative politicians who were angling for his coveted endorsement.

Next year, Republicans hope to build on their gains in North Carolina, as they’ve been successful in state legislative races and with Trump’s statewide wins in 2016 and 2020.

But Democrats control the Governor’s Mansion and are eager to gain a true foothold in this politically-tricky Southern state and expand their razor-thin Senate majority.

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