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With five months to go before the initial gun race in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, the party’s strategist and social conservative leader says the potential sector of GOP competitors will end up being stronger in modern times.

“I’m thrilled with the people who can run … I do not think it’s the strongest potential field in the modern history of the Republican Party, in terms of the bench available,” Ralph Reid, chairman of the Coalition of Faith and Freedom, told Fox News.

Reid, a well-known and experienced political adviser who led the Christian Alliance in the 1990s, was interviewed a few days ago during his group’s annual “Road to the Majority” meeting in Nashville, Tennessee this year. .

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition – a public advocacy group founded by Reed a decade ago – advocates for social conservative positions and its annual confession attracts thousands of Republican and conservative leaders, strategists, activists and evangelical voters.

And this year it has attracted some top Republicans who are considered potential 2024 contenders. Among them are former President Donald Trump; Former South Carolina Governor Nicky Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration; Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas, has served as director of the CIA and as America’s top diplomat under Trump; Sen from South Carolina. Tim Scott, another prominent actor in GOP and Sene from Florida. Rick Scott, a two-time governor and current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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Looking at the potential GOP 2024 field – including former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron Desantis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Sena, Arkansas. Tom Cotton and others associated with the faith and family movement – Reed said, “It’s an embarrassment to wealth and it is an honor and humility and thrill for us to have so many of them at this meeting.”

Trump mocked Pence in the Faith and Freedom Confederation

Trump fired his former vice president at the Faith and Freedom Confederation on Friday evening in his high-profile speech, attacking Pence for failing to manipulate the 2020 election results as Congress now confirms President Biden’s electoral college victory amid a deadly attack on the United States. Capital by right wing terrorists with the aim of disrupting the trial.

Trump has repeatedly asked Pence to relinquish his constitutional duties and refuse to confirm the election – without giving specific evidence – which the former president still accuses of being “massive voter fraud,” “rigging,” and “stolen.”

Former President Donald Trump Faith & Gaylord at the Freedom Coalition & amp;  Convention Center June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Seth Herald / Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump Faith & Gaylord at the Freedom Coalition & amp; Convention Center June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Seth Herald / Getty Images)
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“Mike Pence has the potential to be great. He’s likely to stand out historically,” Trump said the next day as the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capital brought to light serious pressures and physical pressure on the then president and his allies. Attacked the Capitol placed on Pence to manipulate the results. “Mike doesn’t have the guts to act … Mike is afraid of what he’s afraid of.”

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And Trump made his remarks in front of a sea of ​​social conservatives who for many years considered Pence to be one of their biggest champions.

Pence was invited but missed the conference for the first time in years due to a schedule conflict for an official reason. Pence was in Ohio Friday for events with GOP Governor Mike Divine. Speaking at Conff last year, some in the audience shouted at Pence and called him a “mole”, which immediately caught national headlines.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women's Lunch on May 26, 2022 in Bedford, NH

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women’s Lunch on May 26, 2022 in Bedford, NH
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Reid, who is close to both Pence and Trump, told reporters after the former president’s speech, “If Mike Pence wants to come and offer a reassignment to these people, he can do it. I’m not saying he should not be. I told him when I saw him two weeks ago, no harm, but I will come. I told you to come here for the year and he would be there. “

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Cotton has a 2024 meeting

Two sources from Senator Tom Cotton’s political orbit confirmed to Fox News that an Arkansas Republican and Iraqi war veteran met with top donors and advisers at the Hey Adams Hotel in downtown Washington DC on Tuesday morning.

Sources shared that Cotton had said he would not postpone any other potential candidate – including former President Trump – when it came to his own decision about launching a national campaign. Cotton said the decision on whether or not to run for the presidency would come after the November midterm elections.

News related to the meeting Politico first reported.

Sene from Arkansas for an interview with Fox News on December 3, 2021, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Goffstown, NH.  Tom Cotton sat down

Sene from Arkansas for an interview with Fox News on December 3, 2021, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Goffstown, NH. Tom Cotton sat down
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Cotton, who faced nominal opposition as he was re-elected in Arkansas in a huge red in 2020, crossed the country last year and this year, helping fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections in November. And he stopped several times in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote on the GOP’s Presidential Nomination Calendar.

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But when asked about 2024 the senator publicly demurred.

“I’m not making any decisions about the future right now. The election we are looking at in our windshield is the 2022 election,” Cotton told Fox News during a stop in New Hampshire in December.

Pritzker’s tour of New Hampshire has led to speculation

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was one of the speakers featured Saturday at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention.

Pritzker’s visit to the state, which has hosted the first primary in the White House race for over a century, has led to speculation that the first-term governor, billionaire businessman, philanthropist and family member who owns the Hyatt hotel chain may have some future. National aspirations.

“The truth is, I’m going to help elect other Democratic governors,” Pritzker told reporters in Chicago last week ahead of his visit. “I can say nothing more than I love the job I have, so I’m running for re – election as the governor of this state and I intend to do good for the people of our state in the years to come. For four years.”

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According to Pritzker’s 2022 election campaign, this year the governor will focus on helping to re-elect and re-elect Democrats across the country.

While in New England Swing this weekend, they noticed that Pritzker was visiting Massachusetts to support State Attorney General Maura Healy, the frontrunner in this year’s Democratic governoral nomination, and will also stop in Maine in support of Democratic Governor Janet. Mills, running for re-election.

Fox News’ Thomas Pippen contributed to this report