WASHINGTON (TND) — It's set to be a busy week in the world of politics, especially when looking at early action in the race for the White House.
Following a Friday interview, many felt First Lady Jill Biden made it clear that President Joe Biden will run again. On the other side of the aisle, some are wondering if former President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters of the past may be ready to challenge him.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has long positioned himself as a probable 2024 candidate and a new book out Tuesday is backing that up but the firebrand Republican is still trailing in a potential primary matchup behind the man he used to cheerlead.
New Fox News polling shows Trump on top at 43%, DeSantis at 28% and the rest of the potential field in single digits. The competition could become clearer when Trump and newly-announced candidate Nikki Haley speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Wednesday.
But could too many contenders make winning the White House harder?
“We have to come together as a party. We saw big races lost this cycle because of Republicans refusing to support other Republicans. And unless we fix this in our party, unless we start coming together, we will not win in 2024," Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee said Sunday.
Republicans are insisting they are also up against a negative narrative pushed by the White House pointing to that toxic Ohio train crash. Democrats have blamed Trump for rolling back rail regulations, even though a Washington Post analysis concluded none of Trump’s actions technically contributed to that specific accident.
Meanwhile, there are more signs that Biden is serious about staying in office a second term, during a CNN interview over the weekend.
“Is there any chance at this point that he’s not going to run?” White House correspondent Arlette Saenz asked the First Lady.
“Umm, not in my book," she said.
"You’re all for it?” the reporter asked.
“I’m all for it. Of course," Biden responded.
Although the president was non-committal when asked on that same day, telling ABC News, “my intention has been from the beginning to run but there are too many other things I have to finish in the near term before I start a campaign.”
Yet polling indicates most voters don’t want to see another rematch of Biden-Trump, which by the way will be Trump’s third run, and would be Biden’s fourth.