Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, as well as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders, are among the candidates for head of the Republican Party.
In a new interview released on Monday, March 22, Donald Trump revealed who he sees as the Republican Party’s future leaders.
Trump commented after being introduced on the premiere episode of “The Lisa Boothe Show.”
“Well, I think we have a lot of people, we have a lot of young good people,” he began. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida and I think Josh Hawley has shown some real courage in going after Big Tech, you know they go after him. Josh is terrific.”
“And, you know, somebody that’s been really terrific is Ted Cruz. He and I had it out for a while, actually we were very close,” the former president continued, referring to their savage fight for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
“Even during the campaign and then it got nasty, the press would say, ‘When’s the nastiness going to start?’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll start.’ And then it got very, very you know, rather violent and vicious, but then it simmered down and he’s been great,” he continued, noting the good working relationship the two have developed since then.
Trump went on to mention a few other prominent Republicans before expressing confidence in the party’s talent.
“And Rand Paul has been great. A lot of people, I mean really a lot of people have been terrific. Sarah Huckabee is going to do great in Arkansas. I think that Kristi Noem has done a terrific job. A lot of very good people, really very good people.”
“The Republican Party is stacked,” he said.
When asked about the presidential election in 2024 and whether he planned to run, Trump said he had not yet made up his mind.
If he decides not to run again, he pointed out, “some of the names I guess I just mentioned, perhaps, and others” will undoubtedly be among the front-runners for the nomination.
“I’ll make that decision sometime later, but there’s a pretty deep bench,” he continued.
“If you look at the polls,” he explained of Republicans, “they love the job that I’ve done. We had a 97 percent approval at CPAC and 97 percent approval on policies and different things.”
With the exception of Huckabee Sanders and Paul, all of other names Trump mentioned have been touted as potential presidential candidates in 2024.