Ted Budd, who won the GOP nomination last year in a crowded primary in large part thanks to Trump’s early support, replaced longtime former Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) after a contentious general election. Budd held on through a tough campaign through November to defeat Democrat Cheri Beasley in the general election, and now he is joining several other U.S. Senators and House members in endorsing Trump in 2024.
“Just a few years ago America was strong, but now under Joe Biden, we are a nation in decline,” Budd said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release. “Our economy is faltering, our wide-open southern border is tragically wrecking lives, and our country’s power and influence in the world is diminished. Under President Trump, our economy saw record-setting growth, and families were starting to get ahead. Neighborhoods were safer. Across the globe, we were achieving peace. We were respected by allies and feared by enemies. That’s why I endorse Donald J. Trump for President. Hardworking, everyday families need a return of the America First agenda to restore prosperity and peace.”
Budd’s focus on Trump’s issue strengths, particularly the economy and America’s place on the world stage, show a push from Trump and his allies towards eyeing the general election in November 2024, in large part because party leaders and officials have begun coalescing behind Trump in recent weeks as he shows stronger and stronger numbers in public polling both nationally and in key states, both in the primary and in the general.
Budd joins several key Senate colleagues like Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in formally endorsing Trump for president in 2024. Vance, Mullin, Schmitt, and now Budd were all elected to the Senate in 2022.
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