Earlier this month, former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) shot down the notion that his party would nominate former President Donald Trump in the 2024 primary. He doubled down on that assessment this week during a Fox Business Network appearance.
When host Stuart Varney asked his guest if Trump would be “electable” in two years, Ryan began his response by acknowledging the acrimonious relationship he has had with the former president.
“Bear in mind, everybody knows our feelings toward each other,” he said with a laugh.
Nevertheless, he insisted that Trump would not make a good candidate for the GOP, asserting that the party is “going to want to win so badly” and will gravitate toward a nominee with broader appeal.
“The new swing voter in American politics is the suburban voter, and it’s really clear the suburban voter doesn’t like Trump — but they like Republicans,” Ryan said. “So I think anybody not named Trump … is so much more likely to win the White House for us.”
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He went on to cite a series of electoral losses that he blamed on Trump’s presence in the White House as his motivation to support a different candidate in 2024.
“We haven’t lost, my party hasn’t lost this much, this fast, than we have with Trump,” he explained. “We lost the House, the Senate, and the White House in the span of two years. I don’t want to repeat that; I want to win.”
Discussing Trump’s chances in an earlier interview, Ryan predicted that he is likely to mount a third White House bid and will “try to intimidate people out of the race as long as he can,” but will not be successful in the long run.
“We all know he will lose, or let me put it this way: We all know he’s much more likely to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle,” Ryan claimed. “So why would we want to go with that?”
Making his forecast crystal clear, he added: “Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters. … He’s not going to be the nominee, I don’t think.”
As for which Republicans he believes would be most successful against the Democratic nominee in 2024, Paul told Varney that a number of fellow Republicans — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, to name a few — have impressive attributes.
Looking to the more immediate future, he also offered a fairly optimistic forecast of the upcoming midterm elections. While he said the GOP is likely to pick up between 20 and 30 U.S. House seats, he was not willing to make any bets about highly competitive Senate races.