During his rally in Vandalia, Ohio, on Monday night, former President Donald Trump revealed that he plans to make a “very big announcement” next week at his Mar-a-Lago home.
While making sure to note that he doesn’t want anything to “detract from the importance” of Tuesday’s midterm elections, Trump — who is widely expected to mount a presidential campaign for the 2024 election cycle — told the crowd that he had something important to announce on November 15.
“I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” the former president said.
“We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow,” he added on the eve of Election Day, noting that it is a critical “country-saving election.”
TRUMP: “I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15th at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.”
— Timcast News (@TimcastNews) November 8, 2022
Earlier in the day, Trump had sent the media spinning as rumors began to circulate that he planned to announce his campaign for the presidency during the Ohio rally — a move that many have argued would have disrupted the Republicans’ messaging going into the midterms.
Republicans have largely centered their campaigns around the ‘kitchen table issues’ of inflation and gas prices, while many Democrats have tried to make the midterms about Trump — despite the fact that he is not on the ballot. A campaign announcement the night before the midterms could have potentially been something that the Democrats could have used to galvanize the party’s base to head to the polls.
Democrats currently have control of both the House and the Senate, but numerous polls have shown that Republicans are poised to regain control of both chambers on Tuesday night.
While an announcement before the midterms might have a negative effect on the GOP’s chances, Trump’s endorsements have generally had a positive effect on Republican candidates. The former president has been traveling around the country to campaign for various GOP candidates in the midterms.
During another rally on Friday, Trump also hinted at a potential 2024 run.
“Now, in order to make our country successful, and safe, and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again,” he told the crowd in Sioux City, Iowa. “Okay? Very, very, very probably. Very, very, very probably.”
TRUMP: “In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very very very will probably do it again. Get ready that’s all I’m telling you — very soon.” pic.twitter.com/YPjN6O50BD
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 4, 2022
If both Trump and Biden decide to run again in 2024, the U.S. could be looking at a rematch of the 2020 presidential election. As the oldest president in American history, Biden would be 86 by the end of a second term. If Trump were to win the 2024 election, he would be 82 by the end of the term.