The 2024 messages being overlooked because of former President Trump

Jun 20, 2023, 8:00 PM

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., June 1...

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., June 13, 2023. KSL NewsRadio examines messages from other GOP presidential nominee hopefuls. Many of whom, are being asked about former president Donald Trump rather than their own campaigns. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — As the 2024 presidential election draws closer, former President Donald Trump has been grabbing all the headlines.

As a result, many of the other potential Republican presidential nominees are struggling to get their message out as the media asks them about the former president’s situation.

In a weekend interview, the former president was asked about indictments and documents. 

“And the interesting thing to me,” said KSL NewRadio’s Boyd Matheson. “Is that all the other candidates running for the highest office in the land are regularly, not asked about their ideas or their policies or their principles, but about the former president.”

KSL NewsRadio examines the 2024 messages being overlooked because of the former president.

In a recent interview, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made her stance clear on the United States’ relationship with China.

“China is making it very clear,” she said. “They’re at war with America. And the Biden administration is making it very clear that he has no clue that that’s what they’re trying to do.”

Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, is making efforts to bring to light the progress his campaign is making.

“One thing I will say is as I continue to campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina,” he said. “Our voters, primary voters are starving for a message filled with optimism, hope anchored by conservative values.”

Race for an alternative from former President Trump

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is holding his own against the likes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“I don’t know Governor DeSantis all that well,” Christie said. “Well, I trust I’ll get to know him much better over the course of this campaign.”

Christie goes on to call the campaign, “this is the race to be the Trump alternative.”

Moving forward, Matheson wonders how these other candidates will handle being asked about the former president.

“And will those other candidates, will they be able to drive home their own message?” Matheson asked. “Or will they spend the bulk of their time running for office answering questions about another candidate? That’s always an interesting thing. And it’s a hard thing for a candidate to get back on message when no one’s asking you about your campaign.”

Listen to the entire segment.


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