When the governor of Texas Greg Abbott Announcing plans to inject $250 million from the state budget to launch the crowdfunding Texas border wall, it is clear that his goal is the weakness of the Biden administration on immigration issues.
But for many Republicans In the eyes of political observers and political observers, Governor Abbott’s latest move in his re-election campaign is also a clear and unmistakable public signal that Abbott has a clear ambition for his president in the context of uncertainty surrounding Trump’s re-election campaign. .
Initiatives so far include strengthening the team around the governor, but focusing on early primaries.
According to Newsweek, Abbott’s team members contacted at least one Republican strategist in Iowa to conduct remote consultations on the governor’s campaign. The idea was that they would send someone to Iowa in the future. Bit. The agent rejected the request to confirm the outreach because they “have no interest in helping the media.”
Andrew Hemming, the former head of rapid response in the Trump administration and head of research for the Trump campaign in 2016, also moved to Texas and has been advising re-election campaigns. Republican agents feel this interest.
“For me, it clearly shows that he is preparing for the presidential campaign,” Brian Lanza, a former Trump campaign official, told Weekly newspaper“Andy doesn’t need a job, he can consult the campaign from a distance, but he did move to Texas.”
Regarding the topic of Iowa State Outreach, Lanza said: “The people at Abbott are in contact with people he knows.”
In addition to the wall announcement, Abbott last week convened a special meeting of the Texas legislature scheduled for July 8 to once again promote a restricted voting law. Democratic Party Last month it was temporarily postponed because of going out.
Focus on advancing the priorities of him and the former president, reminding his party members that the governor of Texas manages one of the world’s largest economies and has always had an impact on the Republican Party.
“Whoever is the governor of Texas will always be in the leading position,” said Artemio Muniz, chairman of the Texas Hispanic Republican Federation.
He argued that Abbott has stepped in, and the Democratic Party has left a vacuum through the Biden policy and the vice president. Kamala Harris‘Delayed access to the border.
Abbott’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.John Wittman, his former communications director, told Weekly newspaper The possible presidential ambition is “a question that only Greg Abbott can answer.”
Despite this, Whitman outlined the importance of Abbott’s role in the national party.
“He is the governor of the largest Republican state in the league and the governor of the state with the longest border, more than Arizona and California,” Witman said Weekly newspaper“Texas has always been the leader, and Abbott is proving it.”
Many rehearsals of the Republican Party’s prospects in 2024 include a different governor as the front runner. However, the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis Engaging happily on popular cultural war issues, such as university teaching content and “riot control” laws, has increased the ability of law enforcement agencies to suppress protests.
Just last week, DeSantis signed a law that will annually determine the extent to which state universities and universities “propose competing ideas and opinions” and whether faculty and staff “freely express their beliefs and opinions on campus and on campus.” survey. Classrooms,” according to legislation.
These measures, including the passage of Florida’s own voting restrictions, have excited many conservatives and chilled Democrats who are worried about DeSantis’s increase in national visibility.
“The only issue between Ron DeSantis and the 2024 Republican nomination is Donald Trump,” Fernand Amandi, a Democratic polling expert in Florida, told Weekly newspaper”But first he must win re-election in Florida. “
He argued that his campaign for governor was actually two-in-one.
“If he loses, he may be eliminated from the presidential lottery,” Amandi said. “But if he wins, it may add rocket fuel to his front-runner status.”
Trump’s allies, who have met with the former president at Sea Lake Manor since the election, said that DeSantis is the front-runner. Although Abbott “recently took good measures”, he was “very bad” during the pandemic blockade. Compare that to the Democratic governors who “do not have the guts of DeSantis” to quickly open up their states.
“As far as I know, it’s Trump or DeSantis now,” the source said, adding that “a lot of things can be changed, but I don’t think there are other viable candidates.”
For Abbott and DeSantis, there is an elephant in the room, but everyone has talked about it publicly, and that is Trump, who said he might run for the election again.
This may cause others with a bright future to avoid getting into trouble. An article in Politico on Monday cited a Republican adviser close to DeSantis who said the governor was “very cautious” to avoid angering the former president.
“If Trump campaigns, I don’t think DeSantis will come in,” a source who spoke to Trump told Weekly newspaper“He is a young man, and there is no reason to create all these problems for himself and make enemies.”
Even before the border fight, Abbott and Biden clashed over COVID-19-related policy efforts to open up Texas. When Texas and Mississippi ended their mandatory requirements for masks in March, Biden called them “Neanderthal thinking.”
Lanza called Abbott a “first-level” candidate, and was in a good position in the campaign due to Texas donations and his leadership.
He said: “He handled the pandemic well and competed with Biden in opening up the economy.” “Biden called them’Neanderthals’, but after that the infection rate and death rate were It’s all down.”
Nevertheless, Lanza still remembers that in 2005, before his short-lived front-runner status disappeared, he dreamed of becoming a senior member of President George Allen’s team.
“I warn Abbott and DeSantis all over the world not to look too far at the football field, not to look too far at the president’s ambitions and watch them derail,” he said.
March 2006 Roll call Suppose Allen lost because he was too close to him George W. BushRepublicans who associate themselves with Trump don’t think this is a problem that Trumpism is still thriving in the party.
But the column also mentions other reasons why Allen fell from the front runner to forgotten.
“Allen’s performance on Tim Russert’s Sunday morning show was maddeningly mediocre,” the column declared, because “he was arrested by Delaware Senator Joseph Biden (Joseph Biden). ) Severely surpassed.”