Trump’s Grip On The Republican Party Gets Stronger

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( – House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik, who is believed to be on former President Donald Trump’s shortlist of possible running mates, stated during a conservative Christian conference speech on Friday that she was a “good friend” of the former President while backing his presidential campaign. 

During the Washington event, Stefanik accepted the Ronald Reagan Defender of Freedom Award during the “Road to Majority” conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. In her opening remarks, she questioned whether people were ready to reelect Trump. To which she stated they are.

On the same day as Stefanik’s remarks, it had been reported that Trump was deciding on who the final three finalists for his campaign in November would be. It is believed that those three are Gov. Doug Burgum, as well as Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Originally, Stefanik had been one of the 8 Republican candidates who had been vetted by Trump’s campaign. Dr. Ben Carson who had also been vetted spoke at the conference on Friday. Both of them are set to attend a watch party for the first presidential debate between Trump and President Joe Biden on Thursday. 

Trump’s guest at the debate in Atlanta is Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) who is believed to also be one of the possible vice presidential candidates. Scott had originally launched his own presidential campaign in 2024 but withdrew from the race last year. 

It is expected that Trump will announce who his choice of running mate is during the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next month. 

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