House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) declined to comment on how former President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced decision about a 2024 presidential run might impact the November midterms for Democrats.
“Do I ever even mention his name? Would I even waste my time talking about him?” she said at her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capital on Thursday, referring to the 45th president as “the former occasional occupant of the White House.”
“I don’t speculate on who’s running in 2024,” said Pelosi, before ultimately noting that a potential second Trump presidential run, which appeared to cause the House speaker some disquiet, was “up to the Republicans to figure out what impact it may have on them.”
“But we do know that if people vote, women vote, women win, and so do their issues. So that’s what we’re, that’s what we’re about,” Pelosi said.
The news of a possible Trump run in 2024 comes at a time when young Democrat voters are turning against President Joe Biden, declaring they don’t want him to be the Democratic nominee in 2024, according to a New York Times poll.
During an interview with New York Magazine, Trump teased that he had made a decision on a 2024 presidential run but hadn’t yet chosen the right time to announce it.
“Well, in my own mind, I’ve already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore. In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision,” he told the outlet.
Trump indicated he was mulling over whether to announce his decision before or after the 2022 midterms.
“I feel very confident that, if I decide to run, I’ll win,” he said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has emerged as a popular contender, and possible competitor for the Republican nomination, although he has not indicated if he plans to run.
Trump has acknowledged DeSantis’ eligibility, ultimately noting that he believes he would beat the Florida governor.
“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him. It’s his prerogative … I think I would win,” Trump told The New Yorker in June.
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