In an interview with ABC News's Diane Sawyer, Chris Christie, a candidate for the 2024 presidential elections, said that the Republican Party made a mistake by not taking on Donald Trump during the election. He noted that instead of focusing solely on the former president, the party should have worked together and come up with a more effective strategy. Some of the other candidates who were considered to be potential presidential candidates, such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich were not able to take on Trump.
The underestimation of Donald Trump's candidacy was caused by the belief that the other candidates were better than him during the debate, according to Chris Christie. Although he admitted that the public didn't see it that way, the governor noted that the mistake should serve as a lesson for the upcoming presidential election.
Chris Christie: Republicans made error in not going after Trump in 2016 https://t.co/5HYV41K8N7
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 14, 2023
All of the Republican candidates for president have qualified for the first debate of the Republican National Committee. However, Chris Christie noted that he has not received the pledge yet. This is a requirement for every attendee of the debate, and it ensures that they will support the party's nominee. Although several of the other candidates, such as Mike Pence and Nikki Haley, have confirmed that they will sign the pledge, Donald Trump has not yet committed to participating.
According to Christie, Trump will most likely sign the pledge within the next 48 hours, as his popularity and polling numbers have increased. The field of candidates will be interesting to watch as they try to secure the nomination.