Former President Donald Trump is widely seen as being the Republican Party’s 2024 front runner, with an Emerson survey conducted last month giving him a 30 point lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
While there has been less speculation over who Trump would pick as his running mate should he become the party’s nominee, an event this past weekend could provide a clue.
Kari Lake wins CPAC straw poll
According to the Daily Caller, a straw poll carried out among attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) showed deep enthusiasm for former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
When asked who the should be the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, 20% of participants opted for Lake. That put her six points ahead of DeSantis and 10 points over former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Lake gave a speech at the conference, declaring, “I have complete faith, and I have complete confidence that this country can and will get things back on track.”
What’s more, she also claimed to have been recently approached by unnamed figures who attempted to bribe her into getting out of politics.
Lake claims that “powerful people” attempted to bribe her
“This person standing before me was sent at the request of some powerful people back East,” Lake told those in attendance.
Last week, somebody came to her house and tried to buy @KariLake out of politics.
But @KariLake can’t be bought.
“There is no price that I would sell out my country for.” pic.twitter.com/QGIccw1gLC
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 4, 2023
“They want me out of politics. But what a minute, I thought already they stopped us? Why are they so afraid, I thought they already stopped our movement,” the former television news anchor said.
Lake went on to say that she rejected the alleged offer, declaring, “There is no price that I would sell out my country for.”
Trump vows to bring “retribution”
Meanwhile, Trump delivered a speech of his own in which he pledged to fight on behalf of those “who have been wronged and betrayed.
“In 2016, I declared, ‘I am your voice.’ Today I add: I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution!” the former president announced.
President Trump: “In 2016, I declared, ‘I am your voice.’ Today I add: I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution!” pic.twitter.com/E3Cy6S4qFg
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 4, 2023