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2024 Watch: Youngkin ‘testing the waters’ at major donor retreat

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s cross-country campaign tour on behalf of his fellow Republicans running in the November election resumes this week, with a stop Wednesday in New Mexico as the rising GOP star joins gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti.

But Youngkin, who has been in high demand on the campaign trail, took a break from his tour Thursday and Friday as he met with about 80 high-profile Republican donors in a two-day meeting at a luxury hotel outside from Charlottesville, Va.

An attendee at what was called the “Red Vest Retreat,” which refers to the red fleece vests often worn by the governor, said Youngkin was repeatedly asked about a possible GOP presidential bid in 2024. The attendee, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told Fox News that the governor reiterated that he is focused right now on helping his fellow Republicans in this year’s election, on his 2023 agenda for Virginia, and on changing the State Senate from blue to red. in next year’s election in Virginia.

But according to the aide, Youngkin also emphasized the political path he’s taking, and while he wasn’t sure where that path would take him, the governor asked donors to stay with him on his journey.


Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia speaks on behalf of the Republican Governor. Brian Kemp of Georgia at a Kemp re-election rally on September 27, 2022 in Alpharetta, Georgia

The retreat featured panel discussions as well as a speech by former House Speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gringrich, who the attendee said said there are three current leaders in the GOP: former President Donald Trump, the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis and Youngkin.

The withdrawal, coupled with Youngkin’s busy campaign schedule this summer and fall, is fueling further speculation that the popular Virginia governor, who was elected as a first-time candidate less than a year ago, is preparing for a possible national campaign. . News of the recall was first reported by the Washington Post.


When asked about a 2024 race, Youngkin told Fox News during an early September campaign stop in Maine to help raise money for the former Maine governor. Paul LePage while applying for his old job, that “we’ll have to see how things work out.” Youngkin also reiterated that he is “incredibly flattered by this discussion” and “the fact that my name is in the national mix is ​​pretty overwhelming.”

Looking ahead to next year, when the next presidential contest begins in earnest, the governor said, “I have to go to work in 2023 and deliver a big agenda in Virginia. So, we’ll have to see how things pan out, but that’s where it’s at.” my attention right now.”

While he is careful to say much about 2024 in public, behind the scenes Youngkin has begun to make the moves one should make before launching a presidential campaign.

“It’s going around. She is calling people,” a Republican donor who requested anonymity to speak more freely told Fox News. “He’s certainly testing the waters and I think he wants to go based on everything I hear.”

Pence returns to Iowa

Former Vice President Mike Pence returned to Iowa on Thursday, where he served as the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of a prominent Republican family.

It was the former vice president’s second trip in a month to the state that for half a century has kicked off the presidential nominating calendar, another sign that Pence is moving toward launching a likely White House campaign in 2024.


Pence headlined the 15th Annual Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner, held Thursday, September 29, in Wilton, a small town in eastern Iowa. News of his visit was first shared nationally a week and a half ago.

Former Vice President Mike Pence leads the annual Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner on September 29, 2022 in Wilton, Iowa. The event drew Republican officials, politicians, leaders and activists.

Former Vice President Mike Pence leads the annual Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner on September 29, 2022 in Wilton, Iowa. The event drew Republican officials, politicians, leaders and activists.

The meeting was launched by longtime Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann during his years as a state legislator. The dinner is now hosted by his son, State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann. Money raised from the event, which drew other Republican state legislative leaders and candidates, will go to the younger Kaufmann’s 2022 re-election fund.

Pence is no stranger to Iowa. He has now made five visits to the state since ending his term as vice president at the end of the Trump administration in January of last year. Pence took a two-day tour of the Hawkeye state in August, including a visit to the Iowa State Fair, which is a must-stop for potential or actual White House contenders.


Last month, Pence made his fifth trip in the past year and a half to New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first primary on the presidential nominating calendar. Pence headlined a fundraiser for former Army General Don Bolduc, who a day earlier won the Republican Senate nomination in the small but crucial general election battleground state. And in August, the former vice president headlined “Politics and Eggs” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics—another must-stop for White House hopefuls—during a packed tour of the Granite State.

The former vice president, who has been busy this year touring the country to campaign and help raise money for Republicans running in the 2022 election, has also made several stops since early 2021 in South Carolina, where the third race and the first South primary. – on the calendar of Republican presidential nominations.

Pence has told Fox News and other news organizations numerous times when asked about 2024 that after the midterm elections are over, “we will do what our family has always done. We will reflect, we will pray and we will consider where we could serve.” On Thursday, Pence told reporters that “when the time comes after the first of the year, we will take some time to reflect on how we can serve in the future, short term or long term.”

Tim Scott to Iowa next Saturday

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina returns to Iowa next weekend to headline a fundraiser for the state Republican Party.

The trip will fuel further speculation that Scott, a rising star in the GOP and the only black Republican in the Senate, is considering a possible White House run in 2024.


Scott will headline an event with Kaufmann on October 1. 8 in Sioux Center, in the solidly red northwest corner of the Hawkeye state. News of the event was first shared with Fox News last week. “Tim Scott has been a leading voice for the Republican Party on the national stage. I know Northwest Iowa is excited to hear your story of opportunity and optimism for America’s future,” Kaufmann said in a statement.

An invitation to an Iowa Republican Party event at the Sioux Center on October 1.  8 to be led by Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

An invitation to an Iowa Republican Party event at the Sioux Center on October 1. 8 to be led by Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina
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The stop will be Scott’s second in Iowa in a month. He was in Central City, in the eastern part of the state, in late August to headline Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson’s annual barbecue. Hinson faces a potentially tough re-election in November. And Scott was also in Iowa in June to headline the Iowa Republican Party’s Cedar Rapids fundraising reception.

The senator has consistently downplayed any talk of a possible White House run in 2024. He told Fox News last year that his “only goal is to be the United States Senator from the great state of South Carolina.” But Scott added that the 2022 race will be his last Senate campaign.

Hogan returns to New Hampshire

Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland returns to New Hampshire on Thursday to headline the latest edition of “Politics and Eggs” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.


Republican Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland (right) and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire (center) at a fundraiser for Republican state representatives on August 30, 2022 in Manchester, NH

Republican Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland (right) and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire (center) at a fundraiser for Republican state representatives on August 30, 2022 in Manchester, NH
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Hogan is considering a possible run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and his participation in the lecture series at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown will spark more buzz about his national ambitions.


Hogan, who is term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election in the blue state of Maryland, has been touring the country in recent months on behalf of his fellow Republicans on the November ballot. Those trips took him to New Hampshire twice this summer, with stops in early July and late August. Between those two trips, he also visited Iowa, stopping at the state fair.

The governor told Fox News in July that he would potentially launch a Republican presidential campaign if he sees “there is a possible path to victory, that there is a path and I have a chance.”


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