Former President Trump on Monday said he plans to make a “very big announcement” on Nov. 15 at his Mar-a-Lago estate amid growing speculation that he is mounting another bid for the White House.
“I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.,” Trump said toward the end of a rally near Dayton, Ohio, where he was campaigning for a host of candidates, including Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance, the night before the midterm elections.
“We want nothing to distract from the importance of tomorrow,” Trump said.
Earlier Monday, two sources familiar with talks said that Trump had been in discussions with some aides about potentially announcing a 2024 presidential bid at the Ohio rally. But the former president did not formally announce his candidacy later that evening and did not reveal the details of what would be announced next week or why it would be on that day.
Axios was first to report on Friday morning that Trump and his team were eyeing Nov. 14 as the possible launch day for his 2024 campaign.
At a rally in Iowa on Thursday, Trump gave his strongest indication yet that he would mount another bid for the White House telling a group of supporters he was “very, very probably do it again, OK?”
“Get ready. That’s all I’m telling you. Very soon. Get ready. Get ready,” he said.
In Miami on Sunday where he was campaigning for Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Trump again teased a potential run for the White House, encouraging the crowd to tune into the following night’s rally.
“I will probably have to do it again but stay tuned,” he said Sunday night in Miami. “Stay tuned to tomorrow night in the great state of Ohio.”
Biden acknowledges Dems keeping Congress is ‘a very high expectation’
The US President Biden acknowledged Monday that Democrats keeping control of Congress is “a very high expectation” amid final midterm predictions that show Republicans with an increased likelihood of taking over the House and Senate.
At two Democratic National Committee virtual receptions the day before the election, Biden said he remained optimistic about the prospect of Democrats keeping control of Congress while making a push for voter turnout.
“One more night to do everything we can to win it and to keep it going. Look, if we’re able to hold on, we’re going to be in incredible shape. Imagine what we can do in a second term if we maintain control. I know that sounds like a very high expectation, but I think — anyway, I’m optimistic,” Biden said.
At another reception on Monday, Biden again warned of the dangers of electing Trump-backed “MAGA Republicans,” calling them “some of the darkest forces” in U.S. history.
“Again, not power for power’s sake but power for the good of the country. You know, I know it’s not easy. We’re up against some of the darkest forces we’ve ever seen in our history. These MAGA Republicans are a different breed of cat. This is not your father’s Republican Party. It’s a different deal,” he said.
Forecasters have been predicting a tough night for Democrats in the final weeks leading up to the election, and some of the final predictions made in the last few days have Republicans winning anywhere from a handful to two dozen seats.
The nonpartisan election handicapper Cook Political Report shifted its forecast of control for the Senate toward Republicans just four days out from the midterm elections, and nonpartisan election handicapper Sabato’s Crystal Ball predicted that the GOP will take control of the Senate with 51 seats.
Biden, in his remarks on Monday, said he thinks that Democrats will surprise people.
“You helped get me and [Vice President] Kamala [Harris] elected in 2020, and we’re going to surprise the living devil out of people because of all the work you’ve done,” the president said.
Biden has been a self-proclaimed optimistic throughout the election cycle despite Democrats facing highs and lows when it comes to voter enthusiasm during a complicated economic time for the country that has seen record high inflation for most of the year, with little relief in sight.
“I’ve been all over the country as well, and I tell you what, your heart and soul have been put into this effort. And you can feel it. You can really feel it. I just feel optimistic,” he said.
The president in his remarks also expressed his gratitude for the volunteers helping to get out of the vote for Democrats.
And he urged them to go the extra mile with less than 30 hours left until the polls start to close.
“I want to remind you to remind your teams, with so much at stake for our nation, don’t leave a thing — put it all out there. Go full bore till the last poll closes. Make that extra call — not a joke. Knock on that extra door. Most of all, keep the faith,” he said.
“This is not a referendum. This is a choice. And the more people we get out to vote, we win. We win. So let’s go win. Let’s get everybody we possibly can to vote. Get ‘em to the polls,” Biden added.
Source: The Hill