Former President Trump listed off a “stacked” of notable Republican names that he believes represents the future of the grand ol’ party, noting “there’s a pretty deep bench” of potential candidates if he decides not to make the ultimate comeback for the White House in 2024.
“I think we have a lot of people we have a lot of young good people,” Trump told Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe on her new podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” when asked on who he views as the future of the Republican Party.
Trump specifically named Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is currently mounting a run for governor in her home state of Arkansas.
“Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida and I think Josh Hawley has shown some real courage in going after Big Tech, you know they go after him. Josh is terrific,” Trump said.
Trump then pointed to Cruz, saying the Texas Senator is ” somebody that’s been really terrific,” before recalling the “violent and vicious” brawl during the 2016 GOP primary. Following the election, Trump said the tensions from the campaign “simmered down” with Cruz becoming one of the former president staunches ally in the Senate.
“Even during the campaign and then it got nasty, the press would say, ‘When’s the nastiness going to start?’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll start.’ And then it got very you know, rather violent and vicious. But then it simmered down and he’s been great,” Trump continued.
The former president name-dropped a few other prominent GOP figures, saying the “Republican Party is stacked” with “very good people.”
“And Rand Paul has been great. A lot of people, I mean really a lot of people have been terrific. Sarah Huckabee is going to do great in Arkansas. I think that Kristi Noem has done a terrific job. A lot of very good people, really very good people,” Trump said.
Boothe asked the former president if he decides not to throw his name in the 2024 race, then who would he like to see be the leading GOP nominee. Trump stated, “some of the names” he just listed off “and others,” would be good options, expressing confidence that there is “a pretty deep bench” of potential candidates from within the Republican party.
Trump didn’t reveal whether he would run again in 2024, saying he will make “that decision sometime later,” before citing last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) 2021 straw poll that found a 97 percent approval rate for the former president’s job performance.
In the same poll, Trump was considered the top choice, earning 55 percent of respondents who said they would vote for the former president in a hypothetical 2024 GOP presidential primary held today. In the poll that excluded Trump, DeSantis was the top choice, earning 43 percent of attendees’ support followed by Noem.
“All of the senators are wanting endorsements, other than a couple, well they’d like them too. Murkowski is bad news,” Trump said. “But we have, you know people like Murkowski. I don’t think she’s going to do very well, but we have a lot of people that are going to do very well. I’m giving endorsements and I’m endorsing people that have been good for us and good for the Republican Party, and that have voted our way. So I’m endorsing some people that I think have been very good and they’re all going to win and they’re going to win big.”