By PRINCE ODETA.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has made a prediction that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won’t be the Republican Party’s nominee for the presidential race.
Instead, during a Sunday Fox Business interview, he suggested that President Donald Trump is likely to be the party’s choice for the 2024 election.
In primary polls, President Trump holds a substantial lead over Mr. DeSantis and other GOP candidates, despite facing four indictments.
“I believe he will be the nominee,” Mr. McCarthy expressed during Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “President Trump is even stronger today than he was in 2016 or 2020, thanks to his policies focused on putting America first and strengthening the economy.
During his tenure, we didn’t experience inflation or international disputes that made us appear weak.”
Despite announcing his White House bid in May, Mr. DeSantis has struggled to gain significant support.
As of the latest RealClearPolitics poll averages on Sunday, President Trump enjoys 56.6 percent support, while Mr. DeSantis lags far behind with 12.7 percent.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll revealed an even more significant lead for President Trump, with a 50-point advantage over Mr. DeSantis—62 percent to 12 percent.
This poll also noted a decline in Mr. DeSantis’ support over the past month, down from 18 percent.
Other presidential candidates, including businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Mike Pence, are all polling in the single digits, according to the Quinnipiac survey.
Mr. McCarthy emphasized his belief that Mr. DeSantis would not have won election in 2018 without President Trump’s endorsement, highlighting the former president’s continued influence within the party.
In the same interview, Mr. McCarthy was questioned about the possibility of a government shutdown if Congress fails to pass spending legislation by the end of September.
He expressed his opposition to such a scenario, believing it would only strengthen the Democrats and empower President Biden, emphasizing his desire to achieve productive outcomes instead.
On another note, during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” President Trump reiterated his belief that the 2020 election was “rigged” and asserted that he made this determination independently, dismissing the advice of lawyers within the White House and his campaign, whom he claimed not to respect.
He singled out former U.S. Attorney General William Barr as one of the lawyers whose advice he did not heed, suggesting that Barr did not fulfill his duties due to fear.
President Trump also commented on the four criminal indictments he faces, expressing his lack of concern about the prospect of prison time and his belief in ultimate victory.
Regarding Mr. DeSantis, the governor of Florida has recently embraced policies he implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent press conference, he firmly stated that his state will not enforce mask mandates or lockdown orders, even as many schools, hospitals, and offices across the United States reintroduced mandatory masking in August.
“This is being attempted once more,” Mr. DeSantis declared earlier this month. “In response, the state of Florida will firmly assert, ‘No, we will not allow a repeat of this.’”
In a statement released last week, Mr. DeSantis also took a strong stance against the latest COVID-19 booster shot recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“I will not permit the FDA and CDC to use healthy individuals in Florida as experimental subjects for unproven and unverified booster shots,” his statement emphasized.
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