With President Trump’s approval numbers in the thirties, and numerous potential primary challengers, the race for the Republican party nomination for President is a hot topic.
Facing numerous possible primary challengers, President Trump may not run in 2020
First, asked if having a Republican primary challenge would be a good thing, Paul dodged by correctly noting that nobody can prevent one from happening, and that it’s not unlikely. He then speculated that President Trump won’t necessarily run for re-election, and that it wouldn’t be known for sure until the “third or fourth” year of his presidency.
Separately, the same point was made by Roger Stone, the controversial political consultant who briefly worked with the Trump campaign early on. Stone continued to support the effort even after leaving the team in the summer of 2015. The infamous political trickster said that he had spoken with Trump as recently as last week, said “I don’t know whether he will run for office” again in 2020 noting that “three years in politics is a lifetime.”
Nonetheless, Rand Paul is unwilling to challenge Donald Trump in 2020
In 2016, as a candidate himself in the GOP primary, Paul was more harshly negative about Trump, including saying that “a speck of dirt is more qualified” to be president than the billionaire celebrity.
Since Trump’s upset election win, Rand Paul has seemed to move more in the direction of the new Trump-dominated GOP, alienating some of his social libertarian supporters with the endorsement of the Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in Alabama.
Speaking for himself in the MSNBC interview, Paul also made clear he won’t be challenging Trump himself in 2020. Asked about who he would support, Paul averred that “I can’t see myself supporting anybody but President Trump.”
In defense of the increasingly unpopular President, whose Gallup daily approval rating has reached a new low of 33 percent, Rand Paul cited what he called “the most conservative cabinet since Reagan.”
Watch the full interview with Senator Rand Paul below:
(Image of Senator Rand Paul discussing potential 2020 primary challengers to President Trump via screenshot.)