Republican presidential hopefuls Pompeo and Haley make subtle jabs at Trump at CPAC
Republican presidential hopefuls Pompeo and Haley make subtle jabs at Trump at CPAC

Maryland: At a gathering of conservatives on Friday, two prominent Republicans mocked former President Donald Trump by criticizing "celebrity leaders" who are out of touch with reality and pointing to lost elections because they have already There was a demand for improvement in the curriculum of 2024 Presidential Election.

However, his refusal to name-call exposed potential threats and announced challengers wary of alienating Trump's support base.

Former Trump administration officials Mike Pompeo, who served as secretary of state, and Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations, provided a glimpse of how the former president's announced and potential 2024 plans will look. Opponents are trying to delicately navigate his prominent role in the party. While looking for ways to differentiate themselves.

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In an afternoon speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Pompeo said, "We cannot afford to be left-wing, with their brand of identity politics of celebrity leaders, those with vulnerable egos who refuse to accept reality.

Similar themes were raised by Haley, who announced her campaign last month, noting that the party has lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections.

"Our cause is just, but we haven't won over the majority of Americans. Now it's done. Put your faith in the next generation if you're sick and tired of losing. And join me if you want to." Stand still." Haley said, victory is not only as a party but also as a nation.

Several audience members chanted "Trump! Trump! Trump!" as he walked through the room, despite the fact that he received polite applause during his speech.

It was a sign of tension in the House as declared and potential challengers tried to gain traction in a House that had grown too close to the former president. Trump has been given top billing as Saturday night's headliner, while other declared and potential candidates were offered speaking slots. His son Donald Trump Jr. was surrounded by cheering convention attendees the entire time.

The CPAC event, which used to be a mandatory attendance for GOP candidates but has declined in popularity this year, was attended by only a small number of officially declared or potential Republican presidential candidates, including Haley and Pompeo.

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This year's event was skipped by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott because of the controversy surrounding it and the tribute to Trump.
Pompeo, like Haley, pointed to the recent Republican defeat and criticized the party for its flaws.
He said, "We lost the race we should have won. Voters didn't believe we could do better than the tax and spending liberals." Every recent administration, Republican and Democrat alike. This is deeply anti-conservative.

He said that voters generally "lost faith in conservative ideas". Losing is awesome because it's awesome. But what is really at stake are the values we hold.

Besides, this is not a political issue. Loss is a symptom of something bigger, which is the problem. "Conservatism is in crisis," he declared. "We no longer believe we are right,"

Pompeo told The Associated Press that he attended this year's event because it was "a great group of people who represent a broad swath of our party" in an interview before his speech.

Trump is predicted to win an unscientific straw poll of CPAC participants conducted Saturday regarding their preference for president in 2024, but he downplayed its significance, stating it is still more than a year and a half away .

"We still have a ways to go. There is a lot of ground to cover, and I am confident that everyone who decides to run will have plenty of opportunities to present their case." I participated in a straw poll. I did a great job. I haven't either. In my opinion, it doesn't seem to matter much about how it will end.

Pompeo, one of several potential candidates, said he is still considering whether to challenge his former boss.

He said that he and his family were "within a few months of a decision" and that they were "still working our way through, figuring it out." According to Pompeo, "we are doing everything that someone would do to be ready to take the matter to the American people".

It doesn't sound like President Biden would be someone I could support, joked Pompeo, who said he would endorse the eventual Republican nominee.

That contrasts with Pence, who remained silent on Thursday when asked whether he would support Trump if he were the party's nominee in 2024.

In an interview with The Associated Press in South Carolina, Pence stated, "I think we'll have better options. "I'm convinced that nobody other than Donald Trump could have defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016; however, I believe that the times we arein require different leadership."

The Republican National Committee is preparing to bar candidates from its primary debates if they do not sign a pledge to support the GOP's eventual presidential nominee, setting up a potential conflict with candidates like Trump, who has raised the possibility of leaving the Republican Party and running for office independently if he does not secure the party's nomination outright.

Vivek Ramaswamy, a tech entrepreneur and candidate for president who wrote the book "Woke, Inc.," spoke at the convention on Friday and later told the AP in an interview that he saw himself as Trump's successor.

Ramaswamy stated, "I'm building on the foundation he laid," adding that he would put more of an emphasis than the former president on ending affirmative action and climate change mitigation. He added that if "everyone else makes that commitment," he would back the eventual GOP nominee.

While the Trump supporters gathered in Maryland, the influential anti-tax organisation Club For Growth, with which Trump has sparred, hosted a rival event in Florida. 

Trump was not present, but DeSantis and other party conservatives were, and Trump's absence was a clear indication that some on the conservative side of the party are looking for a new direction.

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DeSantis gave the opening speech for Club For Growth's donor summit on Thursday night, but according to Club For Growth president David McIntosh, he did not declare his intention to run for president and instead concentrated on policy matters.

He spoke extensively about his victory in the previous election but made no mention of running for president, according to McIntosh.
A group of about 150 people, he claimed, greeted DeSantis with great enthusiasm as he spoke about his record in Florida and his ideas for running the state.

Pence, who was present at the event as well, didn't say when he might decide whether to run for president, according to McIntosh. In Florida, Haley, Scott, and Ramaswamy were also scheduled to give speeches.

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