In an interview in March, Trump implied that if he runs for president in 2024, he will not name Pence as his running mate.
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump stated.
According to Trump, his differences with Pence are too great to overcome after the 2020 election.
“Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,” Trump said. “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”
“I was disappointed in Mike,” Trump reflected.
During a Fox News interview in January, Pence said he and Trump had not spoken since the fallout when Trump accused him of not overturning election results following allegations of widespread fraud.
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, was overwhelmingly selected by Republican voters to be Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024, according to a survey.
DeSantis is the choice of 27 percent of Republican voters, compared to 15 percent who want former Vice President Pence as Trump’s vice president.
In third place came Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas placed fourth with 9 percent among respondents when asked which candidate they would like to see as Donald Trump’s Republican running mate.
According to another poll, Trump would beat Joe Biden in a rematch of the 2016 presidential election.
The survey found that both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had disappointing approval ratings.
— Trump is preferred by 50 to 36 percent over Biden;
— Voters are almost 2-1 against Biden even making the ballot in 2024.
“A majority of voters think President Joe Biden shouldn’t seek reelection in 2024, and he would lose a rematch with former President Donald Trump by double-digit margins,” a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted for the Heartland Institute indicated.
“Sixty-one percent (61%) of likely U.S. voters believe Biden should not run for a second term as president in 2024. Only 28% say Biden should seek reelection, while another 11% are not sure. If the next presidential election were held today, and Biden was running against Trump, 50% would vote for Trump while 36% would vote for Biden,” said the survey.
In addition, The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump has been coy about his plans, though most former aides expect him to run again. Biden has pledged to run for reelection, especially if Trump makes another try.
Trump is so dominant in GOP presidential polls that even critic and Sen. Mitt Romney this week said that the Republican nomination is the former president’s to lose.
Biden, meanwhile, isn’t dominant, and his base is breaking away and fast. In its analysis, the Heartland Institute said, “While 64% of black voters said they have a favorable opinion of Biden, only 39% want him to run for re-election.” And it added that “among Hispanics, just 43% have a favorable opinion and only 31% want him to run in the 2024 presidential election. Women voters — a key to Biden’s 2020 victory — have soured on the president, with only 26% wanting him to run again.”
Heartland and Rasmussen’s survey is just the latest polling disaster for Biden and Harris amid growing inflation, which entails price increases for food, gasoline, and diesel fuel, as well as a chaotic border in the southwest and war in eastern Europe.
“It’s bad,” a Democratic strategist told The Hill after reviewing polling numbers in early April. “You have an energy crisis that’s paralyzing and inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re heading into a recession. The problem is simple. The American people have lost confidence in him.”
“Everyone needs to come to terms with the reality that we’re going to get slaughtered in November,” said the strategist. “That’s a fact. His polling has gotten worse, not better. It’s indicative of the fact that people have lost confidence in his leadership. There’s nothing they’re going to be able to do.”
Former Clinton domestic policy adviser Bill Galston told a Brookings Institution audience, “unless and until inflation comes down appreciably, that there’s going to be a ceiling on his job approval that’s a lot lower than the White House wants it to be.”
According to Jeff Jones, a senior editor at Gallup, “high gas prices are one of the biggest anchors of presidential approval.”
And yet another poll taken over the weekend gives us a glimpse from one state in which Republican voters are leaning towards a Biden challenger in 2024.
In a straw poll of attendees at a Wisconsin GOP convention, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerged ahead of former President Donald Trump as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.
2022 #FLGov General Election Poll:
Ron DeSantis (R-Inc) 49% (+16)
Charlie Crist (D) 33%
Ron DeSantis (R-Inc) 49% (+19)
Annette Taddeo (D) 30%
Ron DeSantis (R-Inc) 51% (+24)
Nikki Fried (D) 27% @SaintLeoPolls ~ 500 LV ~ 2/28-3/12https://t.co/0LDWYZjwTa
— PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) March 30, 2022
WisPolitics.com conducted the poll over the weekend. Desantis and Trump performed far better than the rest of the field.
Trump received 32% of the vote; DeSantis received 38%; former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received roughly 7%; and the trio of former Vice President Mike Pence, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul each received roughly 2.5%.
43% of respondents said they wanted Trump to run for president in 2024, 31% said no, and 22% said they were unsure.