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Former President Donald Trump still has not revealed for certain whether he will run for president for a third time in 2024, but he appears to be significantly leaning in that direction.
Perhaps feeling empowered by recent polling showing him rising in approval while his successor, President Joe Biden, tanks, the 45th president indicated again on Saturday during a rally in Georgia he is more likely than not to throw his hat into the presidential ring next time out.
The Daily Mail reports:
Trump made the remark in a phone interview on Friday night, ahead of his planned rally in Perry, Georgia on Saturday to support his picks in key Republican primary races.
Asked by Real America’s Voice host David Brody what might prevent him from running again, Trump responded: “Well, I don’t — I guess a bad call from a doctor or something, right?”
“Things happen. Through God, they happen,” he added. “But I feel so good.”
Whereas Biden has often drawn criticism for a light schedule and not being available to the press for days on end, Trump was often praised for his energy while in the White House, often sleeping just four hours a night or less.
As for the former president, he is in Georgia to attend a rally Saturday evening with a number of candidates he has endorsed ahead of next year’s midterms.
“Mr. Trump will appear with U.S. Senate candidate and former football player Herschel Walker, in addition to candidates vying for the lieutenant governorship and secretary of state,” the Washington Times reported.
“The rally is expected to be a showdown of where the Republican Party stands, as Mr. Trump seeks to play up his candidates against GOP incumbents who rejected his unproven claims that the 2020 election was stolen,” the paper added.
That said, it’s clear based on polling data for months that Trump remains atop the potential 2024 Republican presidential field.
Some analysts see is endorsements of candidates, not all of whom are incumbents, as divisive.
“We haven’t seen presidents in recent years try to drive a wedge within their own party, which is what happens in a primary election. He’s playing factional politics in the party,” Casey Dominguez, a political science professor at the University of San Diego, told The Associated Press.
But for his part, Trump says he is backing candidates who believe in his “America First” agenda.
“Among his chosen candidates in Georgia is NFL legend Herschel Walker, who recently launched a Senate campaign to challenge Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat,” the Times continued.
“Also speaking will be U.S. Rep Jody Hice, Trump’s choice against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger,” the paper continued.
Trump’s appeal may have waned someone among the GOP electorate, though not by much, surveys have shown. And what’s more, there could be rising “buyer’s remorse” among a growing segment of the electorate in general, as more Americans appear to be faulting Biden over a number of issues including his pullout from Afghanistan, rising inflation, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and successive migrant crises at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Hill reported Monday on the results of a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey shared exclusively with the outlet:
Forty-eight percent of respondents say they have a positive view of Trump compared to 46 percent who say they have a favorable opinion of his successor. Biden’s favorability is slightly underwater, however: 49 percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of the current president, while slightly less — 47 percent — report an unfavorable opinion of Trump.
The findings are a remarkable shift for Biden, who repeatedly outperformed Trump’s favorability numbers throughout the early months of his presidency.
“The mounting issues on all fronts have led to the surprise conclusion that Trump is now seen as good a president as Biden, suggesting the honeymoon is being replaced now with buyer’s remorse,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, said.
“Since Trump lost the popular vote by 5 points, Trump getting 51 percent as a better president is actually an improvement from Election Day.”
Article Source : Conservativebrief.com