On November 8, former President Donald Trump is scheduled to host a campaign rally in Hialeah, Florida, coinciding with the third Republican presidential primary debate set to occur in Miami.
The Republican National Committee has enlisted partners for this event, including NBC News, Salem Radio Network, the Republican Jewish Coalition and Rumble.
Trump, who skipped the first two primary debates earlier this year, continues to lead the GOP primary field by a significant margin in polls.
Trump posted on Truth Social, “The last debate was the lowest-rated debate in history. The next and probably last one, in Miami, will do even worse. Republicans should not debate; they should UNITE in defeating the WORST & MOST INCOMPETENT ADMINISTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.”
Former President Trump will hold a rally in Florida on the night of the third Republican presidential primary debate next month, his campaign announced https://t.co/MTDwfuT6vy pic.twitter.com/1NeziwtCSQ
— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2023
In the event of Trump winning the GOP nomination, it may set the stage for a potential rematch of the 2020 election. Biden, who has faced minimal primary competition, remains the Democratic frontrunner, while Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was initially running as a Democrat, has decided to run as an independent candidate.
Trump previously backed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for the position of House speaker. However, Jordan’s bid encountered setbacks and ultimately failed on Friday, leading to several other Republican lawmakers announcing their candidacies for the role.
Republicans are set to hold a private candidate forum on Monday evening, followed by a conference-wide election via anonymous secret ballot on Tuesday.
On Friday afternoon, Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) was among the first GOP lawmakers to announce his candidacy.
Retired Marine Corps General Jack Bergman (R-MI) confirmed his official entry into the race. He said that he decided to run after receiving calls from various segments of the GOP.
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has thrown his hat into the ring.
Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) is actively reaching out to colleagues as he considers a run.
Conference Vice Chair Mike Johnson (R-LA) has taken a significant step by sending a letter to colleagues, officially declaring his candidacy for the speakership.
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), who previously challenged Jordan in the last secret ballot for speaker among House Republicans, has confirmed his return to the race.
Additionally, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) announced his candidacy for the position on Friday afternoon.
Several other lawmakers have indicated they are considering the possibility of entering the race. Potential Republican candidates have until noon on Sunday to officially declare their candidacy before the candidate forum scheduled for Monday.
Trump had hinted at being willing to serve as House speaker temporarily if the GOP continues struggling with finding a candidate.