Donald Trump believes he’d beat every candidate in the GOP field if he runs in 2024, including conservative favorite and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Trump boasted about the next presidency in a bold, but not unanticipated interview with Yahoo Finance.
“I don’t think I will face him,” he said of DeSantis. “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”
The former President went on to say that anybody who decides to stay in the primaries – including DeSantis – would all meet the same fate.
“If I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else,” he bragged.
EXCLUSIVE: Trump on a 2024 GOP primary vs. Ron DeSantis: ‘I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else’ via @benwerschkul https://t.co/VwgoJnzIZt pic.twitter.com/CAZK6mKLP9
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 3, 2021
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Trump Vs. DeSantis 2024
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who faces a difficult reelection bid in the Sunshine State, has insisted any speculation of he and Trump battling in 2024 is “nonsense.”
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He is currently focusing his efforts solely on the current situation.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida,” said DeSantis. “I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of Things in the state beyond just the governor’s race.”
Still, he was keynoting a fundraiser in western New York last week, and on Sunday, hit Governor Pete Ricketts’ 5th annual Nebraska Steak-Fry along with former Vice President Mike Pence and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
Trump, on the other hand, has his own thoughts about another 2024 run and is expected to be in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds next weekend.
Trump views the rally in Iowa as “critical to our efforts to take back our Republican Majority in 2022, and then the White House in 2024.”
Poll: Iowans strongly disapprove of Joe Biden weeks before Trump will hold Iowa rally 👀⬇https://t.co/jG8swk87fZ
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) September 27, 2021
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It’s Trump’s Nomination To Win
It is clear that Trump has a right prediction.
He is the favorite in every poll to win the GOP nomination for 2024. Only if Trump is removed, DeSantis will be the frontrunner.
According to a straw poll conducted by the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump won with 70% support from his closest rival.
And a senior aide to the former President, Jason Miller, says there is a “somewhere between 99 and 100 percent” chance that Trump is running again in 2024.
#BREAKINGTrump was the former president #CPACstraw poll for the 2024 GOP presidential nominee. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) winning the straw poll for a race in which Trump doesn’t run. pic.twitter.com/u6mI1H8IG2
— Forbes (@Forbes) July 11, 2021
DeSantis topped the CPAC straw poll on a separate question when asked who should earn the Republican nomination if Trump doesn’t run – getting 68 percent.
The former President was asked this past summer if he’d consider putting DeSantis on the ticket with him in 2024.
“Sure I would,” Trump replied.
“But, you know, there are numerous people that are great,” he added. “I would certainly consider Ron.”
They are so much ahead of the GOP favorite duo that they make it nearly an automatic pairing.
Will Trump be able to handle having a running mate as popular as DeSantis – due in part because of their similarities – on the same ticket?