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The road to the next Republican presidential nomination passes through Nashville, Tennessee, later this week.
Former President Donald Trump is the biggest name among a handful of potential 2024 GOP White House hopefuls speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual “Road to the Majority” conference, which kicks off Thursday in Music City.
The public advocacy group, founded more than a decade ago by Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition, champions conservative social positions and its annual conference attracts thousands of Republican and conservative evangelical leaders, strategists, activists and voters.
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The group touts their rally as “the premier pro-religious, pro-family event in the country” and they explain that “this annual conference is designed to empower conservative activists to fight for their values at the ballot box and in the public arena and equip participants with the knowledge and connections they need to drive engagement and voter turnout.”
While November’s midterm elections, when the GOP aims to win back the House of Representatives and the Senate, top the confab agenda, 2024 is also high on the radar.
The group called the former president, who continually flirts with a 2024 bid to try and return to the White House, “a staunch friend to believers.”
But Trump is far from the only potential nominee to address the conference.
Also speaking are former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who served as Ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration; former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who served as CIA director and later as America’s top diplomat under Trump; and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, a rising GOP star.
Two other well-known Republican lawmakers who may have national ambitions are also speaking at the conference – Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas.
Fox Nation will broadcast the conference live.
Vice President Harris in South Carolina pauses in the spotlight
Vice President Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday for the first time since she and President Biden took office.
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And while the vice president’s primary mission was to help raise funds for the South Carolina Democratic Party — she was the headliner of the party’s annual Blue Palmetto dinner in Colombia — she was also there to say “thank you” and possibly send a signal.
Harris in 2019 campaigned intensively in the state — which holds the fourth contest and first southern primary in the Democratic presidential nomination calendar — during the senator’s unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2020. Harris put end his campaign a few months before South Carolina holds its primary.
But Biden’s landslide victory in the primary — where black voters play an outsized role in Palmetto state’s Democratic politics — propelled Biden to the nomination, after dismal showings in the Iowa caucuses, the primary of New Hampshire and a distant second place in the Nevada caucuses. And after securing the nomination, Biden named Harris as his running mate, and their general election victory made the senator the nation’s first woman and first black vice president.
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“We see how South Carolina brings critical representation to the presidential nomination process…and we see how South Carolina Democrats put President Joe Biden and me on the path to the White House,” Harris said in thanks. the public.
The Democratic Party’s biggest guessing game is whether the president will run for re-election. Biden, 79, has repeatedly said that if his health remains good, he will seek a second term. If he campaigns for re-election in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 in his second election and 86 at the end of his second term.
If Biden doesn’t run, Harris would be considered the frontrunner for the nomination. But the vice president – like her boss – is struggling with underwater approval ratings.
South Carolina Democratic Senator Marlon Kimpson told Fox News that “people here are preparing in case the president changes his position.”
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And Kimpson, who was one of South Carolina’s first high-profile Democrats to endorse Biden during the primary campaign, stressed that Harris’s stoppage in South Carolina is “a signal that if he [Biden] decides not to run, she’ll be ready to step in and campaign.”
But Kimpson noted that the vice president “has work to do.”
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