Trump-backed CPAC attendees want to freeze the 2024 field before things go haywire


Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the annual meeting of the New Hampshire Republican Party Committee in Salem, New Hampshire, January 28, 2023.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the annual meeting of the New Hampshire Republican Party Committee in Salem, New Hampshire, January 28, 2023.Scott Eisen/Getty Images

  • The Conservative Political Action Conference is taking place this weekend just outside DC.

  • 2024 nominees Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy are all scheduled to speak.

  • A Trump fan told an insider that no one else should jump in because things are already too confusing.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Three Republicans who have already declared their 2024 presidential bid are among diehard Trump supporters touring this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington, D.C. For some, two candidates are too many.

An insider told a dozen attendees at the annual political meeting about those who have officially taken their hats off to the ring for the Republican nomination in the next presidential cycle, and others who appear to be waiting in the wings. bottom.

in the current field plagued by scandals Former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina governor and Trump administration alum Nikki Haley, and tech entrepreneur turned aspiring politician Vivek Ramaswamy.Several strong candidate They include former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.

Several conference participants said no decision had been made at this time.

Others seemed open to other voices pouring in.

But most of the MAGA members said they didn’t want to see the same thing repeated. Trump has more than a dozen candidates elected systematically in 2016.

If Karen Ruibal gets her way, she’ll end it all right now.

“I don’t think there should be any more confusion,” a woman from Fort Lupton, Colorado, told Insider outside the CPAC’s main hall.

During Thursday’s session, Mr. Ruibal will meet Republican lawmakers including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and freshman Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio. He said he paid no attention to them. Because she was busy exploring the exhibit halls and catching up with her friends.

“The person I’m most looking forward to is, obviously, President Trump,” she said, noting that she plans to take center stage in his keynote address on Saturday night.

Ruibal added that earlier in the day, someone else walked through the crowd and asked, “Trump or DeSantis?” — a spot poll that made her believe a Florida Man showdown might be inevitable.

“I don’t like how it looks,” she said. “But I think it’s happening.”

Chris, an older black gentleman from Pennsylvania who refused to give his last name, shook his head in satisfaction when Insider named the current candidate.

However, when asked if he was looking for someone else, he tightened up a bit.

“I think it’s a good group,” he said, adding, “That’s enough.”

Luis Marrero, who said he came to the town from Orlando, Florida, wasn’t interested in seeing the 2024 crew thrive any further.

“I’m happy with it,” Marrero said of the existing three-way race.

Tao Le, a Vietnamese woman from San Diego, Calif., said she doesn’t oppose letting other people test the water, but she shouldn’t count on her vote.

“Anyone who wants to run is fine, but what we need is President Trump,” Lu told an insider.

On Thursday, March 2, 2023, CPAC attendee Thao Le will show off a Donald Trump pin on his American flag-themed hat.

On Thursday, March 2, 2023, CPAC attendee Thao Le will show off a Donald Trump pin on his American flag-themed hat.Warren Rojas/Insider

“There are others out there,” she added. “But they don’t have what it takes to make America great.”

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