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Trump Names Ted Cruz, Sarah Sanders, Josh Hawley Among Top GOP Candidates For President In 2024

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Former President Donald Trump named Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Rand Paul (Ky), his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as top Republican candidates for president if he decides not to seek a return to the White House in 2024.

Trump’s remarks came during an interview published Monday by the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” with iHeart Radio and Gingrich 360.

“Republican Party has a pretty deep bench,” if he decides not to seek a return to the White House in 2024, the former president said.

“I’ll make that decision sometime later, but there’s a pretty deep bench,” Trump told the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” with iHeart Radio and Gingrich 360.

Trump said the Republican Party “is stacked” with “very good people” heading into upcoming elections. He specifically named Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas.

When asked who would be the GOP presidential candidate if Trump decides against running, the former president said, “Some of the names, I guess I just mentioned perhaps,” adding that “there’s a pretty deep bench” of potential candidates.

“I think we’ve got a lot of great people in the Republican Party,” he said.