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A top Republican who ran for president in 2016 appears to be gearing up for another run in 2024.
Or at least he’s keeping his options open based on what Donald Trump may or may not do.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio appeared to strongly suggest on Monday that he may be interested in running for president in 2024.
“It’s possible that at some point in the future, down the road, two, four, six, eight, 10 [years], I don’t know when, that I will find myself in a position and want to pursue it, because I’ve done it in the past,” Rubio told Punchbowl News.
Rubio explained the future is unpredictable.
“But I can’t tell you that today because I can’t tell you what my life looks like, what the country looks like, the party looks like,” he said.
Rubio answered indirectly when asked about the political ambitions of fellow Floridians Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott.
“First of all, if we’ve learned nothing over the last two years, it’s that the future is unpredictable; it takes all kinds of twists and turns,” he said.
“I certainly learned that myself living life. You can sort of be prepared for the future, but you can’t necessarily plan for it because you just don’t know what’s going to happen in my life or anybody else’s life,” Rubio said.
“Someone is going to run,” Rubio said in reflection. “I’m not in some hard red state where you’re not going to get challenged by a serious opponent. But in the end, I don’t think there’s been a member of Congress over the last four to six years who’s been more effective than we have.”
Donald Trump made a slew of interesting comments this week during an interview with conservative commentator Dan Bongino.
During an interview on “The Dan Bongino Show,” Trump said if he runs for president in 2024, he could jump into the race and tap a running mate “right after” the midterm elections next year.
Trump teased the idea of making a major comeback in the 2024 presidential election.
“I am giving it the most serious consideration, as you can imagine,” Trump said. “If you do it, I think probably the most appropriate time would be right after the ‘22 election.”
“I could do it sooner, but I think right after the election would be good — especially if you have a good election,“ he said.
“Now I am not sure if you didn’t have a good election, I’m not sure that that wouldn’t be good also if you want to know the truth,” he added.
Last week, it was announced that Donald Trump is planning to bring back his famous “Make America Great Again” political rallies — and they may happen much sooner than most expected.
Trump may resume his political rallies as soon as May.
Last week, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he’s “very seriously, beyond seriously” considering running for president in 2024.
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Trump told Hannity that he will “very seriously” consider running again in 2024 if the Republican Party can “get the right people” on Capitol Hill.
Trump added that he is “all in” to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections.
During an interview last month with Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law who is now a Fox News contributor, Trump strongly suggested that he may run for president in 2024.
When asked about his supporters having hope that he will run again, Trump said: “You do have hope, that I can tell you, you do have hope. We love our country, this country, we all owe a lot to our country, but now we have to help our country.”
Trump also officially launched a brand new website.