Skip to comments.The Donald “Is Definitely Running”: Campaign Strategist from Reagan Days Has Big News for GOP [Ed Rollins: DeSantis won't run if Trump runs]
Posted on 06/25/2022 3:26:12 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
According to Ed Rollins, the campaign strategist behind the 1984 Reagan reelection who’s now working with a DeSantis PAC, it’s increasingly looking like a Trump 2024 presidential run is sure to happen.
Speaking on that, Rollins was quoted by the Epoch Times as saying, as of June 14th:
“The information that I’ve gotten the last several weeks is Trump is definitely running”
That could be wrong, however, as it is not congruent with what he said in a pro-DeSantis fundraising email on June 10th. In that email, he said:
“Donald Trump is not running, that’s why we have to prepare for Ron DeSantis running for President if we’re going to have any shot at restoring Donald Trump’s America-First agenda and getting America back on track.”
However, explaining away the difference, Rollins, in his interview with the Epoch Times about the potential for a Trump run and a DeSantis run, said:
“We’re not working at all against Trump, At that point in time, I didn’t know if he [Trump] was running or not. What I’ve said since has made it clear is that he [DeSantis] won’t run against Trump.”
But he does seem to think that DeSantis would be a better candidate, which is why he has kept the DeSantis machine rolling despite being reasonably certain that Trump will run, though the Epoch Times implies that if Trump does run and DeSantis then decides not to do so, then the fundraising apparatus would be turned to helping Trump win.
That might be the most likely situation as, regardless of whether DeSantis and Trump end up competing or if DeSantis backs off beforehand and doesn’t fight Trump, it’s looking like Trump will dominate the field.
Recent polling reported on by the Morning Consult, for example, found that more than half of the GOP supports Trump over anyone else, and though DeSantis was the closes runner up, he still only had 16% of the vote compared to Trump’s 53%. The Morning Consult, reporting on that, said:
June 4-5 survey, 53% of GOP voters said they would vote for Trump over at least a dozen other potential candidates if the 2024 Republican presidential primary were held today — down just 3 percentage points from his potential vote share in a survey conducted before 2022’s primary season heated up.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who for the second year running defeated Trump in an unscientific straw poll of conservative activists at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado over the weekend — saw his support tick up from 13% to 16%.
16% isn’t bad, and it beats Mike Pence by a few points, but it’s still light years away from Trump’s whopping 53%. Assuming that result holds even somewhat constant heading into 2024, Trump will be the GOP pick; though DeSantis is a rising star and a wonderful candidate, Trump is Trump and it’ll be hard for anyone, even DeSantis, to top him.
So perhaps the DeSantis fundraising will continue, but unless Trump changes course dramatically, it’ll end up in his campaign coffer when he fights Brandon or whoever the Democrats put up.
Trump’s not going to announce until he knows for sure whether he’ll have a sizable majority in the house and senate.
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
I want DeSantis to run against Trump.
Lets see what the young Ivy League Bull is made of.
The Orange Elephant will win, but this could be entertaining.
DeSantis has nothing to gain to challenge Trump for the nomination and everything to lose.
If Trump runs, win or lose, DeSantis will be president in 2028.
If Trump chooses not to run, DeSantis will be president in 2024.
DeSantis only loses if he chooses to fight Trump for the nomination, in which case he will never be president.
listen to Trump’s new theme song. I think this is pretty good indication he’s running. His previous theme song was You can’t Always Get what You Want was a message to the GOP establishment, and I think this new theme song is his message to us:
Hold on I’m coming
Anybody who was actually listening rather than wishing as hard as they could knew DeSantis was not going to run if Trump runs. DeSantis has been saying it for some time. All he has to do is govern Florida for one more term and then he will inherit the Trump base with Trump’s full backing.
I live about 10 miles from Mar a Lago. The rumor I hear is a first week in November announcement and is running. My personal opinion was that he wouldn’t run. What do I know?
Any majority won't be known until the 2024 elections. The GOP may have majorities coming out of 2022 but they probably won't be sizable, especially in the Senate. So waiting for that reason is self-defeating.
They both can’t run. They’re from the same state.
Yeah but DeSantis hasn’t said it damn it!
desantis is currently running for reelection for florida governor this year (2022)...
if he wins reelection in november this year he will be sworn in january 2023...
people are dreaming if they believe he’s starting a presidential campaign in 2023...
Trump can reestablish his New York address.
Nothing prevents both from running for president. If both are on the same ticket then one of the two, likely Trump, would have to register in a separate state otherwise they can't win Florida's electoral votes.
And as a trivia note, if it is a Trump/DeSantis ticket and Trump made his home of record Bedminster then he'd be the first presidential candidate to make three runs for the office, all from different states.
see post #15...
Trump has said he's not going to announce until after the midterms ---- due to campaign finance laws.
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