Kevin McCarthy, the former Speaker from California, offered pointed advice to former President Trump regarding his 2024 reelection campaign.
Speaking at the DealBook Summit with New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin, McCarthy emphasized the need for Trump to adopt an optimistic message rather than one centered on revenge.
McCarthy’s ‘interesting’ relationship with Trump, supports 2024 GOP bid
He remarked, “I do not criticize him on television because I don’t think it’s right, and I know it drives him crazy.”
McCarthy described his relationship with Trump as “interesting,” noting that their conversations are candid, especially about their respective roles in the Republican Party.
Despite some differences, McCarthy supports Trump, asserting that America would be stronger with Trump as the GOP’s 2024 nominee.
McCarthy foresees Trump’s victory in 2024, clarifies past criticism
He confidently predicted a Trump victory against Biden, saying, “If Biden is the Democrat nominee, Trump will win,” and forecasting a significant win for Republicans.
However, Sorkin highlighted McCarthy’s previous criticisms of Trump, particularly following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, when McCarthy stated that Trump bore “responsibility” for the attack.
Clarifying his stance, McCarthy said, “I didn’t say he would be a great president. I said he’d be a better president than what we’re having. I said the country would be in a better place.”
McCarthy suggests Nikki Haley as Trump’s running mate for GOP unity
Expanding on his strategic advice for Trump, McCarthy suggested considering Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, as a running mate.
Haley, recently rising in polls, is seen as a strong contender against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the GOP primary.
McCarthy believes Haley could be instrumental in unifying the GOP base and attracting independent voters for Trump’s campaign.
McCarthy advises Trump: Win with positive campaign, lose with revenge
McCarthy’s guidance to Trump was clear-cut: focus on a positive campaign theme.
He advised, “But this is a bigger question for Trump: If his campaign is about renew, rebuild and restore, he’ll win. If it’s about revenge, he’ll lose.”
He emphasized that the success of Trump’s campaign hinges on the former president’s approach, not just the campaign advertisements.
McCarthy’s insight into GOP’s 2024 strategy and call for unity
This conversation reflects the nuanced dynamics within the Republican Party as it gears up for the 2024 presidential race.
McCarthy’s comments suggest an awareness of the need for a unifying and forward-looking campaign strategy, especially in light of the party’s varied responses to the events of January 6.
His endorsement of Haley as a potential vice-presidential candidate further signifies the party’s search for a balanced ticket to appeal to a broad spectrum of voters.
McCarthy highlights GOP’s 2024 focus: ‘renewal’ over ‘revenge’
McCarthy’s interview offers a glimpse into the strategic considerations within the GOP as it prepares for the upcoming election.
His advice to Trump to focus on themes of renewal rather than revenge underscores a desire for a campaign that can effectively address the challenges and aspirations of a diverse electorate.
As the 2024 race takes shape, the strategies and messages adopted by GOP contenders like Trump will be critical in determining the party’s direction and prospects.