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Non-Trump GOP Presidentiables for 2024

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While the next presidential election is still a long way to go, speculation on who will replace Joe Biden in 2024 has already been floating around. 

Members and followers of the GOP are still awaiting Donald Trump’s decision on whether he will run for president again or not. 

In an interview last month with conservative radio host Dan Bongino, Trump was asked if he has plans to seek another term in the White House. The former president replied subtly, “I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time. As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”

Just in case the great Donald Trump decides to hang up the political gloves, the Republican party has a long list of presidentiables for the 2024 elections. 

Names that usually come to mind are the two Mikes, Pence and Pompeo, both hardened veterans of the political circuit. Although Pompeo has denied in the past that he has interests in running for president, his stance has changed lately and there is a 50-50 chance that he might give it a try. Mike Pence might struggle a bit more in this race due to his consistent criticisms of president Joe Biden and recent falling out with his partymate Donald Trump.

The choices however, aren’t limited to these guys as we also have gals like former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and cultural conservative Gov. Kristi Noem. Both are just 49 years old and still have their prime years ahead of them. It will be an uphill battle for these two women though, as they still need to establish a much bigger public following and support from within the GOP.

Among the younger men, Gov. Rod DeSantis of Florida is one of the rising names in national politics. His recent response to the pandemic has thrust him into the spotlight and reaping a lot of praise from conservatives.

Donald Trump also has nothing but positive words for the young DeSantis, who is one of his most loyal allies in the party. Earlier this year, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held a poll in Orlando and DeSantis came in second behind Trump, a testament to the governor’s rising popularity.

“Hold the line. Don’t back down,” he said. And in the state of Florida, with me as governor, I have only begun to fight,” said DeSantis, who will be seeking reelection in 2022. 

Other names that have been included in the presidential discussion are Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Rick Scott. 

The number of quality Republican candidates comes in bunches, but none of them even comes close to the charisma and popularity of one Donald Trump.

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