- Nikki Haley and Tim Scott addressed a Christian conservative forum in South Carolina, looking to win over their fellow South Carolinians.
- Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis were notably absent from the forum.
- The Republican party is trying to stay out of the Trump-vs.-DeSantis fray and maintain their majority in the House.
On Saturday, South Carolina Republicans Nikki Haley and Tim Scott addressed a Christian conservative forum in the early voting state, presenting their vision for the 2024 presidential election. The forum, hosted by the Palmetto Family Council, was an opportunity for speakers to share their stances on issues and engage with conservative voters.
The forum comes as former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are both vying for the Republican nomination for the 2024 election. Trump is seeking to reclaim his old job, while DeSantis has yet to announce a presidential bid but is making moves to challenge Trump for the nomination.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, and Scott, the state’s junior US senator, both spoke at the forum, looking to win over their fellow South Carolinians. However, both Trump and DeSantis were notably absent.
The Republican party is trying to maintain their razor-thin majority in the House, and are aware that a fight between Trump and DeSantis could divide the 222-member conference and distract them from that goal. As their three-day issues retreat in Orlando kicks off Sunday, Republicans are hoping to stay out of the Trump-vs.-DeSantis fray.
The forum was an opportunity for presidential hopefuls to make their case to a crucial voting bloc in the early voting state. It remains to be seen how the Republican party will handle the Trump-DeSantis battle and how it will affect the party’s chances in the 2024 election.
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