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Romney: If Trumps runs in 2024, ‘I’m pretty sure he will win’ GOP nomination

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) predicted Tuesday that, if former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024, Trump would likely win the Republican Party’s nomination.

“I expect he will continue playing a role. I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney assessed in a New York Times-DealBook virtual interview.

The Utah Republican, who voted to convict Trump in both of his Senate impeachment trials, conceded that Trump has “by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party.”

While Romney noted that “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” he brought up recent polls showing that Republican voters still overwhelmingly prefer Trump.

“I look at the polls,” Romney said. “And the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”

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The Utah senator, however, emphasized that “I’m not great at predicting,” adding that he subscribes to the philosophy of former baseball catcher Yogi Berra represented in a famous but often-paraphrased quote: “I don’t like predicting, particularly if the future’s involved.”

If the 2024 GOP presidential primaries were held today, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll released three days after the Senate acquitted Trump, a majority of Republican voters would choose the former commander-in-chief as their party’s nominee.

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The survey reported that 53% of GOP voters said they would vote for Trump—whereas former Vice President Mike Pence came in second with 12%, and Donald Trump Jr. and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley tied each other for third place with 6%. Having been the GOP’s 2012 nominee, Romney himself received 4% in the poll.

As for whether Romney would vote for the former president, he said during the interview: “I would not be voting for President Trump again. I haven’t voted for him in the past. I would be getting behind somebody in the tiny wing of the Republican Party that I represent.”

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Former President Trump has repeatedly suggested that him running for president again in 2024. Most recently in a February 17 Newsmax interview, Trump was asked if he would run in the next presidential election, and he left the possibility open.

“Well, we have tremendous support. I won’t say yet, but we have tremendous support, and I’m looking at poll numbers that are through the roof,” Trump told the hyper-conservative outlet. “You saw what happened yesterday when we went up again. I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up. Figure that one out.”

“Let’s say somebody gets impeached, typically, your numbers would go down. They would go down like a dead balloon,” he added. “But the numbers are very good. They’re very high. I think they’re higher than they were before the election. And they were high at the election.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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