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A new announcement from Governor Kristi Noem is fueling presidential rumors.
The South Dakota Republican, who is campaigning for a second term as leader of her heavily Red state this year, has run Facebook ads in recent weeks that detail the family struggles she endured as a child after the death of his father, show his leadership of South Dakota through the COVID crisis without implementing shutdowns, and touts the state’s current economic situation and the increase in the number of families moving to the Plains state .
“Here, freedom is free. So in the saddle, we’re just getting started,” Noem says in the spot.
But what triggers the 2024 presidential speculation is less about the content of the ads and more about where they are viewed.
Among the states where the ads are getting clicks are Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the top three states to hold contests in the Republican Party’s presidential nominating calendar.
According to Meta Ads Library – the company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as other services and products – Noem was the ninth largest consumer of Meta ads in New Hampshire and South Carolina during the July 5-11 period, and the tenth biggest spender in Iowa during the same period.
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Political pundits see Noem, who is a strong supporter and ally of former President Donald Trump, as a potential Trump running mate if the former president launches another run for the White House in 2024. And they see the conservative governor as a presidential candidate if Trump decides not to seek the White House yet.
In interviews over the past year, Noem has consistently downplayed any notion of national ambitions, repeatedly saying she was “only interested in staying here at home” in South Dakota.
But she gave a speech in April in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s “Time for Choose” lecture series that drew a number of high-profile GOP leaders who are seen as likely candidates for 2024. And stops in Iowa and South Carolina last summer and New Hampshire in the fall of 2020 by Noem raising his eyebrows.
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Noem told Fox News during his trip to Iowa that Trump “had America where we needed it. His politics were right. So I’m counting on him to run.”
A month ago, Noem told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade when asked about 2024 that “people talk about it enough to have to think about it.”
Asked about the new digital ads, a source close to Noem told Fox News “Governor Noem has proven in South Dakota that conservative managers work. Some speak conservative while others govern that way, and that’s how it works. is why South Dakota has the best economy in the country and one of the fastest growing populations.”
And the source pointed out that Noem will soon be taking a trip to the northeast. Although no details were shared, the tour could potentially include a stop in New Hampshire.
Strong signal from Trump
He’s been flirting with another presidential race since leaving the White House a year and a half ago, but Trump seemed to give the strongest signal of his intentions.
The former president seemed to indicate in an interview published Thursday by New York magazine that his 2024 decision is about when – not if.
“I would say my big decision will be whether I go before or after,” Trump said in an interview published Thursday, apparently referring to the midterm elections in November.
The comments, which drew a lot of attention, appeared to confirm previous reports from a handful of news outlets, including Fox News, that the former president and his top political aides were considering when Trump should announce a candidacy. for 2024. And Fox News confirmed a report a few days ago of Policy that Trump has discussed his 2024 plans with top donors at small dinner parties in recent months.
Hogan, Hutchinson, stopover in New Hampshire
Two term-limited GOP governors considered potential Republican presidential hopefuls in 2024 stopped in New Hampshire last week on their way to the National Governors Association’s annual summer meeting, which takes place in New Hampshire. is held this year in Portland, Maine.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met with several business groups on the front lines of the economy and presented a new inflation-fighting plan from pro-Hogan public advocacy group An America United, during a 36-hour visit to the start of the week which was first reported by Fox News in this column last Sunday.
Hogan told Fox News in Manchester on Monday that he would potentially launch a Republican presidential campaign if he saw “there is a possible path to victory, there is a path and I have an opportunity.” .
But he warned he wouldn’t run just to run, stressing “I’m not going on a wild goose chase or a suicide mission”.
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Hutchinson made a brief stopover in New Hampshire on Wednesday.
He told Fox News he wanted to play a role in shaping the future of the GOP “that could lead to a presidential campaign down the road.”
“I want to be able to offer something unique that people can rally around. And if it’s effective, then I’ll be there. But we want to test those waters. We want to measure the response,” said he declared. .
Hogan and Hutchinson, who are both Republican critics of the former president, told Fox News they would be making trips to Iowa in the coming months.
Milwaukee set to land at 2024 Republican National Convention
It won’t be made official until early next month, but Milwaukee, Wis., appears to be the winning city to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.
On Friday, the Republican National Committee site selection committee recommended Milwaukee as the host city. The decision will likely be formalized by the full RNC membership when the party’s national committee holds its annual summer meeting in nearby Chicago from August 2-5.
“The Site Selection Committee voted to recommend Milwaukee to host the 2024 Republican National Convention and this is a testament to the candid and professional demeanor demonstrated by Milwaukee City leaders throughout the process. A final decision will be made by President McDaniel and the full RNC in the weeks ahead,” RNC senior adviser Richard Walters said in a statement.
Milwaukee and Nashville, Tennessee, were the two finalists in a long list of cities vying to host a quadrennial event that draws national attention, tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of millions in spending on the local economy.
Nashville would still be selected by the entire RNC, but it recently suffered a setback when its city council pulled out and did not vote on a framework agreement to host the convention.
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Milwaukee was supposed to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but the in-person gathering was almost entirely shut down in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic that has now lasted two and a half years.
Wisconsin is a key general election battleground state that President Biden narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Both sides see holding their conventions in crucial swing states as a way to potentially strengthen their strength in those states.