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Trump Puts Distance Between Himself, ‘Project 2025’: ‘Nothing To Do With Them’

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Former President Donald Trump put a lot of distance between himself and an increasingly controversial slate of alleged policy objectives for his next term, collectively called “Project 2025,” which is affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation as well as other right-leaning organizations.

“I know nothing about Project 2025. I have no idea who is behind it. I disagree with some of the things they’re saying and some of the things they’re saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal,” Trump noted on his Truth Social platform. “Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them.”

A partner organization collaborating with Project 2025 is currently conducting research on federal employees. Just the News reported that they are compiling a list of individuals who may oppose Trump’s agenda in the event he wins the presidency again in November.

Meanwhile, new speculation has emerged about who Trump will pick as his running mate ahead of an upcoming rally in Florida.

Newsweek reports that Trump said he will be traveling to Doral on July 9, a city close to Sen. Marco Rubio’s hometown of Miami. The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 2016 GOP presidential rival has long been considered a top-rated running mate for the former president.

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The rally at Trump National Doral Golf Club is set to occur just under a week before the start of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Donald Trump is anticipated to be confirmed as the GOP’s presidential nominee for 2024. CNN has reported that Trump’s team has downplayed the idea that the former president might announce his vice presidential running mate at the rally scheduled for July 9.

Brian Hughes, Trump’s spokesperson, told the news network: “As President Trump has said himself, the top criteria in selecting a Vice President is a strong leader who will make a great President for eight years after his next four-year term concludes. But anyone telling you they know who or when President Trump will choose his VP is lying unless that person is named Donald J. Trump.”

Nevertheless, some political commentators have speculated about the location of the rally.

James Oliphant, a national political correspondent for Reuters, wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “Trump will hold a rally in Doral, FLA on July 9 in basically Marco Rubio’s backyard. Does that mean Rubio is the VP pick? It seems to me that it’s never that straightforward.”

“The Trump VP announcement is rumored to be in Miami. Could it mean that he’s picking Rubio? Maybe, but that’s far from definitive,” Red Eagle Politics, a pro-Trump political YouTuber, added on X.

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Other names thought to be on Trump’s shortlist for his vice president are North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, Sen. Tim Scott, and Florida Representative Byron Donalds.

As Trump’s VP search plays out, the news is not good for President Joe Biden following his debate with Trump.

The results of internal Democratic polling leaked to a D.C.-focused news organization are more bad news for President Joe Biden following his horrendous debate against former President Donald Trump a week ago.

According to Puck News, Biden is losing even more ground to former President Donald Trump in the battleground states, but also, reliably blue states that have voted Democrat for decades are also in play, the polling shows.

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The nonprofit OpenLabs “conducts polling and message-testing for a constellation of Democratic groups, including the 501(c)4 nonprofit associated with Future Forward, the preferred Super PAC for Biden’s reelection campaign,” veteran political journalist and former CNN correspondent Peter Hamby wrote. OpenLabs is a Democrat/left polling firm.

Hamby wrote that the data found that 40 percent of voters who supported Biden in 2020 now think he should leave the race. An OpenLabs poll in May had that number at only 25 percent.

“This is, of course, only a single poll, conducted during the initial aftershocks of the debate. It will take a few weeks to determine if Biden’s slippage in the polls is a trend and not a blip,” he wrote. “But given their reputation inside the party and connections to Future Forward, OpenLabs is a firm that Democratic campaigns take seriously.”

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