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Kellyanne Conway says Trump 'wants his old job back' and would like to announce 2024 run within weeks

Business Insider logo Business Insider 10/1/2022 jzitser@businessinsider.com (Joshua Zitser)
  • Former President Donald Trump would like to announce his 2024 run within weeks, Kellyanne Conway told CBS News.
  • He "wants his old job back," Conway, a top advisor to the former president, said.
  • GOP figureheads, including Kellyanne Conway, have advised him to wait until after the midterms.

Former President Donald Trump is eager to get back into the White House, and wants to announce his 2024 run in the coming weeks, said his 2016 campaign manager and close ally Kellyanne Conway.

Speaking on Friday with CBS News, Conway was asked by senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge whether Trump would announce his candidacy after the midterm elections and before Thanksgiving.

"Well, he would like to," said Conway, per CBS News.

"He's as active as anybody in these midterm elections. That's important to the calculus also, Catherine, because we have the most ironic, if not unprecedented situation right now," Conway continued. "We have a president, a current president, whose party doesn't really want him to campaign with them."

Trump will assess the timing of his announcement after the midterms, which take place on November 8, Conway said. "I will tell you why he wants to run for president," she said. "Donald Trump wants his old job back."

In July, Conway described Trump as "champing at the bit" to announce his third presidential bid. Speaking to CBS News, she said she advised him to wait until right after the midterms. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also said he lobbied the former president not to announce a 2024 presidential run before the midterms. "My point to him has always (been), 'Let's go win '22,'" McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol in July.

That same month, a top Republican strategist told Insider that a pre-midterm announcement from Trump would be a "train wreck for the party" and "a complete mess."

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