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Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever'

The Hill logo The Hill 6/6/2021 Sarah Polus
Donald Trump and woman posing for a picture: Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever' © Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever'

Lara Trump on Saturday shut down rumors of a possible Senate run while speaking at the North Carolina GOP state convention.

After being welcomed on stage by her father-in-law, former President Trump, Lara Trump announced that she would not be pursuing a Senate seat.

"I am saying no for now, not no forever," said Lara Trump, who is married to the former president's son Eric Trump, said while addressing the speculation.

Lara Trump, who was born and raised in North Carolina, said raising her two young kids would make it "very hard" to pursue a career in Congress.

"When you do something, you give 100 percent," she said.

"I would absolutely love to come back and consider running for something here in my home state because I love it dearly," she added.

The former president praised his daughter-in-law, saying that Lara would have been hard to beat. Several potential Senate candidates waited until she made a decision before jumping into the race, he claimed.

"She would have been tough," he said. "But I think she did the right thing for her and for her family."

The Trumps are instead putting their support behind Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) to replace retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R) in 2022, with the former president giving Budd his "complete and total endorsement."

Updated: 8:57 p.m.

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