The Republican Jewish Coalition’s (RJC’s) annual national leadership conference in Las Vegas, Nevada will bring with it what Fox News describes as “the first sizeable cattle call of potential GOP White House hopefuls” ahead of the 2024 election. And already, some stunning names are emerging in the bid for the top spot in the primaries.
Among the high-profile speakers expected to appear this weekend is former Vice President Mike Pence, who has long been lagging behind in the primary polls but could end up pulling off a stunning upset if he can bring together both the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings of the Republican Party.
Others on the schedule include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Former President Donald Trump, who has already been pegged as the frontrunner for the GOP’s 2024 presidential primary, is also expected to speak at the event via video message, Fox notes.
A major event
Organizers of the event are calling it “the hottest ticket of the season” for political conservatives. “This is the only time you could have all these folks assembled together,” RJC executive director Matt Brooks said, according to Fox News.
“We are thrilled and honored that this is now seen as a must-stop event in terms of people planning and their scheduling and it’s been that way for the last couple of years,” he added.
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Reports indicated tickets for the event, which began Thursday, started at $1,000 and were available only to members of the organization. Pence, for his part, is slated to speak Friday, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The event will provide the former vice president with a rare opportunity to speak with supporters as he seeks to make a comeback in the polls, which have put him more than two dozen points behind Trump looking to the 2024 primary season.
“I don’t imagine he’d have a whole lot of support,” Raymond Harre, vice chair of the Republican Party of Scott County, Iowa, said of Pence in an interview with Politico back in July. “There are some Trump supporters who think he’s the Antichrist.”
Doug Gross, who served as chief of staff to Iowa’s former GOP governor Terry Branstad, shared a similar sentiment. “Who?” Gross told Politico when asked about the former VP. “It’s just, where would you place him? […] With Trumpsters, he didn’t perform when they really wanted him to perform, so he’s DQ’d there. Then you go to the evangelicals, they have plenty of other choices.”
Of course, there’s still a lot of time left before Republican voters will need to pick who they want to see at the top of the ticket come November 2024. At this point, it’s anyone’s game.