Donald Trump’s upcoming presidential campaign is poised to face stiff competition from a handful of new Democratic candidates.
But as he prepares to take on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the coming weeks, Trump is also set to be tested by a group of new candidates, including some who are expected to make their debuts on a high-profile campaign, according to interviews with several of his biggest donors.
The list of potential candidates includes: *Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has built a network of political consultants and donors and has a history of working for Republican presidents* *Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker, who is the highest-profile Republican candidate to run for president and the first one to formally announce a campaign in earnest* *Florida Gov.
Rick Scott, who will run as the Republican Party’s standard-bearer* *Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who just announced his candidacy for president, who led the campaign to defeat a federal court order that would bar Trump from the GOP’s convention* *Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who announced his run for the Republican nomination last week* *New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, who also announced his campaign last week and who is running against Trump for the GOP nomination* *The former New York mayor of the state, Rudy Giuliani* *Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and former New Yorker who is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president* The former New Yorkers who are up for the nomination are: *Governor Scott Walker *Former Pennsylvania Gov.
Ed Rendell *Former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush *Former Virginia Gov.
Jim Gilmore *Former Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick *Former Illinois Gov.
Bruce Rauner *Former Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott *Former Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy *Former Rhode Island Gov.
Gina Raimondo *Former Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence *Former Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley* *Sen. Rand Paul *Former Arkansas Gov.
Asa Hutchinson *Former Sen. Marco Rubio* *former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani* *Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton* *Nancy Pelosi* *Rudy Giuliani** *Ohio Gov.
John Kasich* *Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren* *Joe Biden* *Bernie Sanders* *Senator Rand Paul* *Vladimir Putin* *Kathleen Hartnett Graham* *David Axelrod* *Tom Perez* *Samantha Power* *John McCain* *Rick Perry* *Ben Carson* *Paul Ryan* *Marco Rubio***John Kasich**Sen. Bernie Paul*Sen John McCain*Senator John Kerry*Sen Rand PaulSen.
Marco Rios*Sen Patty Murray*Sen Ted Cruz*Sen Jeff Sessions*Sen Joe Biden*Sen Bernie Sanders*Former Florida Sen. Ron Wyden*Former Vermont Sen.-elect Bernie Sanders”It’s going to be a really interesting thing, because I’m sure some of these guys have some good ideas,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times.
“But some of them are going to go back to the Clinton-era.
It’s going be very interesting to see what happens.
I mean, look at all of the candidates, some of whom are very nice, some are very nasty.
And some are good, some bad.”
In the past, Trump has said that he’d prefer to see Sanders or another candidate who was a longtime ally of the Clintons, like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who was also a potential running mate for Clinton.
Trump is set to hold a fundraiser for Gillibror and other Democrats this month.
He’s also slated to appear with Gillibras Democratic rival, Sen. Tim Kaine, at a fundraiser later this month in Florida.
“There’s been some chatter in some circles, I’m not going to comment on that, that if he runs, we will have some people come over to the stage,” Trump told reporters this week, “I think it’s really important to be careful.
I think he’s done a lot for our country, and it’s going back to Hillary Clinton.”
While he was in Iowa earlier this month, Trump appeared to endorse Gillibrands rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t think it matters what they’re doing,” Trump argued.
“It matters what I think.
I want to see a woman president.
I don’t care what anybody else is doing.
She’s been doing a tremendous job.
She deserves to be president.”
Ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Trump said he’d likely not endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination because she doesn’t have enough support in the party to be an effective president.
“You know, if I have to vote for a Democrat to be the president, I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton, because she’s done so much,” Trump, who’s a former businessman himself, said on Fox News Channel on Thursday.
“And she’s been through so much.