Republican challengers continue to jostle for position heading into the primary voting season for the 2024 presidential election. Some of the biggest accolades they all seek are endorsements from influential politicians.
One strong endorsement can change the headlines across the news media landscape and help boost a candidate’s position among voters. The problem for GOP challengers is they are running this race from way behind, and aren’t getting the key endorsements they want.
One of the most powerful figures in all of politics just verified his ardent support of the GOP frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, which further distanced him from challengers. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) was emphatic in a media appearance where he made clear his support of Trump.
“I have endorsed him wholeheartedly,” Johnson said. “I expect he will be our nominee, and he will win it, and we have to make Biden a one-term president. We have to do that.”
Johnson has stormed onto the national political scene after years of relative unknown influence in the House. His selection by the Republican majority in the House in late October was a surprise even among the party faithful, and he received support from Trump during the selection process.
Johnson reflected on why he believes Trump is the best candidate to remove Biden from the White House. He made his point that Trump had a “had a phenomenal first term” in his calm and “matter of fact” demeanor that he carries into all media interviews.
“Look, I was one of the closest allies President Trump had in Congress,” Johnson said. “Those first two years, as you all know, we brought about the greatest economic numbers in the world and not just the country because his policies worked, and I am all-in for Trump.”
The endorsement may be only one of many for Trump, but the Speaker position can deliver powerful fundraising and influence opportunities for the frontrunner. As other candidates compete for second place, Trump has now added an endorsement that help carry him to become the GOP’s primary nominee.
- Key congressional political figure endorses GOP candidate for the White House.
- Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says Biden must be a one-term president.
- This endorsement pushes the GOP frontrunner further ahead of the pack.