(RepublicanDaily.org) – During former president Donald Trump’s interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, which was intentionally aired at the same time and date as the Fox News Republican primary debate, Trump belittled the other GOP rivals as he explained his reason for skipping the debate.
There was no point, the former chief executive said, to “get harassed by people that shouldn’t even be running for president” when he had – and continues to have – a very commanding lead over his rivals.
However, for former vice president and one-time Trump ally Mike Pence, the GOP presidential nominee for next year will not be his former boss and commander-in-chief.
“I remain confident… that the Republican nominee will not be the former president,” Pence told CBS “Face the Nation” guest host Nancy Cordes. If he is proven wrong though, Pence, along with the other GOP presidential hopefuls on the stage, committed to supporting the eventual Republican presidential candidate.
During the debate, Pence also received validation for his actions in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential elections from all of the other candidates apart from billionaire businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (who said in a separate interview that Pence missed an “opportunity for heroism” and that he would do things a little differently if he were in Pence’s shoes).
Regardless of how Pence feels though, Trump’s campaign is getting a lot of momentum, even without an appearance at the Fox News debate. Some Republicans have dubbed Trump “Teflon Don” due to his ability to capitalize and use even negative events to his benefit. When Trump surrendered himself in Atlanta to get booked on charges of election interference, he posted his mug shot on his social media platform, Truth Social, and more importantly, on Twitter (now called X) after several years of silence on the site. The result? The Trump campaign added a staggering $7.1 million to its war chest, according to a report by Politico.
In terms of polling, Pence is also trailing behind many other candidates, with a meager 4.5% support, a far cry from Trump’s 49.9% support. He has consistently been fifth among the GOP presidential hopefuls, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Ramaswamy, and former ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley commanding more support than him among Republican voters.
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