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Trump says GOP has 'pretty deep bench' if he doesn't seek reelection

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE in an interview released Monday said that the Republican Party has a “pretty deep bench” if he decides not to seek a return to the White House in 2024.

“I'll make that decision sometime later, but there's a pretty deep bench,” Trump told the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe."

The former president said the Republican Party “is stacked” with “very good people” heading into upcoming elections. He specifically named Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections DeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall DeSantis signs bill banning gun regulations by local governments MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemMontana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools MORE, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump plugs Hawley's new book over tech industry Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee MORE (Mo.), Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer CEO Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia GOP gubernatorial convention The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (Texas), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Sherrod Brown calls Rand Paul 'kind of a lunatic' for not wearing mask Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE (Ky.) and his former press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersAndrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event Trump likely to form new super PAC MORE Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas. 

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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.

Trump cited the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) straw poll that found a 97 percent approval rate for the former president’s job performance. 

The CPAC poll also gauged support for potential candidates in the 2024 presidential election, with 55 percent of respondents saying they’d vote for Trump in a theoretical primary. In the poll that excluded Trump as a possible candidate, DeSantis showed a wide lead with 43 percent support, followed by Noem. 

At the conference, Trump teased another presidential campaign during his speech but has not officially said whether he will enter the race.