Trump Continues to Dodge Questions about GOP Debate Involvement

( – Former President Donald Trump refused to clarify if he would attend any of the Republican debates for next year’s election, noting how he maintains a comfortable lead among the GOP candidates. Trump also stated that Ronald Reagan didn’t attend discussions either, claiming that when candidates have a lead, they don’t attend the debates.

Trump then mentioned multiple Republican candidates that could serve in his presidential cabinet should he win the 2024 election. The candidates in question are Tim Scott and Vivek Ramaswamy, both of whom trail considerably behind Trump in various polls. Trump’s decision to skip the debates has drawn criticism from his fellow candidates like Chris Christie and Ron DeSantis, who have publicly criticized Trump on numerous occasions recently.

While Trump is currently the most popular Republican candidate, his lead has fluctuated recently. After being served with a 37-count federal indictment, Trump’s popularity dipped before returning to its initial percentage. Other candidates have also gained a few points over the past few weeks, raising questions about whether Trump’s lead could diminish. Trump’s performance in polls has strengthened over the past few weeks, with one survey indicating that Trump was more popular than Joe Biden in certain areas. Whether or not Trump will remain the most popular GOP candidate is uncertain, as his legal cases will unfold during the primary season.

While Trump is the most likely GOP candidate for 2024, other candidates could diminish his lead, such as Ron DeSantis. DeSantis called out Trump for skipping the debates, claiming that such a decision is the act of an “entitled” person. While DeSantis has been heavily critical of Trump since announcing his campaign in May, he still trails behind the former president by twenty points within his state. DeSantis has clarified that should he lose the nomination, he will endorse whichever candidate wins, including Donald Trump. It would seem that despite other candidates’ best efforts to the contrary, Trump is still the most popular GOP candidate running next year.

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