Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo were called on stage at a Trump rally in Minden, NV on Oct 8. 2022. (Photos by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
After months of flirting with a 2024 presidential bid, Donald Trump at an election eve rally in Ohio said he would be making a “very big announcement” Nov. 15 at his Florida home.
The question of whether Trump would make any campaign announcement before or after the 2022 Election has been debated for months amid speculation over its potential impact.
“We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow, you understand,” Trump said, the Ohio Capital Journal reported.
The Washington Post reported that Trump earlier Monday had discussed announcing his presidential bid at the Ohio rally, but according to the Post, “Republican leaders succeeded in talking Trump out of announcing by telling him it would get buried under election news and he’d get more attention later, people familiar with the discussions said.”
There was also concern that if Trump announced his candidacy it would energize Democratic voters.
“It’s very obvious he can’t wait to announce,” retiring Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) told the Post. “It’s a very bad idea for him to do that [tonight] because Republican prospects are best if this election is about the failing presidency of Joe Biden … to the extent he makes it about himself then that makes it a little harder.”
In a rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend to to stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, the crowd cheered for Trump’s much-anticipated announcement about running again for president in 2024.
“I’m not gonna say it right now,” he said, the Pennsylvania Capital Star reported.
“Everybody, I promise you. In the very next – very, very, very – short period of time, you’re going to be so happy,” Trump said.
“I want the focus tonight to be on Dr. Oz and Doug Mastriano, because we have to win,” Trump said.
Trump has been signaling and teasing for well over a year that he would run for president again, including at a rally in Nevada last month. At that rally, Nevada Republican secretary of state candidate Jim Marhant, like Trump a 2020 election denier, went even further than Trump on the prospect of defeated former president running again. “When my coalition of secretary of state candidates around the country get elected, we’re going to fix the whole country and President Trump is going to be president again in 2024,” Marchant declared.
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