Pence: ‘Better choices’ for GOP presidential nomination in 2024 than Trump
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at a campaign rally in Houston on April 23.Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
HOUSTON — The next national primary is going to be very crowded.
There are a handful of candidates who have declared their intention to run in the 2024 election — but there is another who has a different idea about the timing.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are among those who are pushing the GOP presidential nomination into the future, arguing that the party has made bad choices about choosing a nominee. The push for 2024 comes as the GOP is trying to figure out which candidates to embrace for the nomination in 2016, and which to reject.
“I think for the first time in history, we have a chance to pick a nominee who can not only win, but also beat Donald Trump,” Jeb Bush said Sunday at a campaign event in Houston. “In this race, there’s nobody who can say they’re a ‘yes man’ or a ‘no man,’ so we have a chance to pick someone who is going to stand for something and not just run in response to a challenge.”
In other words, in 2024, 2016 is a long way away. But in 2016, many voters want to be able to make those kinds of choices — and they are beginning to.
“We want the next nominee to be someone who is going to do what’s right,” Bush said.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Jeb Bush spoke of a different GOP standard for selecting a nominee than Trump has.
“If that’s the choice you want,” Bush said, “that’s the choice you want for a nominee, and people of faith want the person who is going to build a bridge … rather than a wall or build a wall so it can’t be seen.”