LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a strong showing in last week’s elections, some of the nation’s leading Republicans this weekend expressed renewed confidence that they will seek to regain control of Congress next year and eventually win back the White House. were well positioned.
Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential 2024 presidential contender, claimed Democrats were “worthless” after losing the Virginia governor’s race and nearly falling short in New Jersey. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel called Tuesday’s emphatic performance “a tsunami” and “a harbinger of really great things to come in 2022.”
But beneath the bravery coming through the grand Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Resort, the GOP was still navigating around the shadow of Donald Trump, the former president who plans to play a major role in next year’s midterms and again. Can run for the White House. 2024. Almost everyone who addressed the crowd praised Trump, who also spoke via video. But for the first time since losing the 2020 election, he went back into the background as others encouraged the party to think about its future.
Republican strength in Virginia and New Jersey was boosted last week by candidates who deliberately kept Trump at arm’s length and successfully ousted rural conservatives, who make up the former president’s base, while from suburban voters. Also appeal those who left the party in recent years. It could provide a model for the success of the GOP in future elections.
But former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who could run for president again in 2024, warned that this would only happen if GOP leaders, including Trump, focus on the future rather than re-prosecute the past, in which Including the lie of the former president which was from last year. The election was stolen.
Republicans have “extraordinary opportunities in the next few years,” Christie said, but only if they offer voters “a plan for tomorrow, not complaining about tomorrow.”
“We can no longer talk about past and past elections, no matter where you stand on that issue – no matter where you stand – it is over. And every minute that we talk about 2020 is over. in,” he said, “was wasting time.” The party needs to “take their eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.”
In an interview after his speech, Christie said he believed Trump’s role in the party going forward was “entirely dependent on the president’s own behavior.”
“If the president wants to talk about the future and spends most of his time talking about the future and what he sees next, I’m sure he’s welcome in any kind of debate,” he said. There will be voices.” “But if we’re only going to talk about the politics of complaint and make statements saying that either you reverse the 2020 election or the Republicans shouldn’t vote in ’22 and ’24, I mean “He cannot be the leader of our party. It simply cannot be.”
The RJC event, dubbed a “kosher cattle call” by its organizers, gave candidates a chance to run on stage and in private forums to woo some of the party’s biggest and most influential donors. Beyond Christie and Cruz, attendees included former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Candidates running for Congress and governor also served in the room, including retired football player Herschelle Walker, who is running for Senate in Georgia, and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sonunu, who has been repeatedly asked to launch a campaign for Senate. was requested, which he is considering.
“We are like the kosher nostra gatekeepers running down the street for. You have to come here first and show us your stuff,” said Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary who serves on the group’s board of directors. “It’s really fun to watch potential future candidates look at your stuff to see what they’ve got. They are going to improve, they have to change. Years away. But in this way candidates are better. ”
But first, some of the attendees insisted, the next year came out winning.
“A lot of people have come here to audition,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “We have a very rich bench. We have very energetic people. We have resumes which I think will make him qualified to lead this nation. But none of this matters to me until you get it right by 2022.
With that in mind, some of those watching the presidential race first made sure to stress the importance of next year’s elections. Pence was among those who garnered the loudest applause Saturday night while serving as the headlining speaker, predicting that the country is “just 12 months away from a great Republican comeback.”
“Now and now, from this point on, we will all resolve to do our part to win back the House, the Senate, governance across the country in 2022,” he said, adding no hitch about plans for his own political future. By not giving “And we’re going to win this country back in 2024.”
Others focused on the culture war issues surrounding the vaccination mandate and critical race theory, an academic framework that dominated the final weeks of the Virginia governor’s race. It centers on the idea that racism is organized into the institutions of the nation and that they serve to maintain the dominance of white people. In recent months, it has become a catch-all political discussion for any teaching in schools about race and American history.
DeSantis, who declared her state “the most free” in the country, railed against pandemic restrictions including mandatory vaccinations, while South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, like others, accused the administration of turning her back on Israel.
“They’re not just trying to defame Israel,” she said. “They’re not just trying to defame Israel. They’re not just trying to isolate Israel. They’re trying to make Israel illegal. And they’re challenging Israel’s right to exist.” are.”
And he emphasized lessons learned from Tuesday, including the importance of focusing on issues that voters care about, including education.
“Virginia was won by parents. Virginia was won by mothers — mothers who were frustrated, who were angered by the arrogance and condescension of Democratic school boards and a Democratic administration that looks down on them,” Cruz said.
“You just woke up a whole bunch of moms,” echoed McDaniel.