South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are scheduled to headline the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February, marking the unofficial kickoff of the 2024 presidential campaign for aspiring Republicans.
This year’s CPAC is ostensibly the first major conservative gathering as the Republican Party looks beyond former President Donald Trump, who left office mired in controversy surrounding the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his grassroots supporters.
But Trump is leaving open the possibility that he might seek the White House again in 2024 and is poised to remain a dominating force in GOP politics for the foreseeable future, with top Republicans attempting to bury the hatchet with the former president in recent days.
These dynamics could make for an intriguing CPAC when the event kicks off Feb. 25 in Orlando, which happens to be just a short plane ride from Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump has retired to and set up his political operation since exiting Washington last week. Read more…