WASHINGTON — A group funded by billionaire Charles Koch will work to support a Republican presidential nominee other than Donald Trump, concluding in a strategy memo that “we need to turn the page on the past.”
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The organization, Americans for Prosperity, has stayed out of the last two presidential cycles but has concluded it needs to engage now as Trump mounts his third consecutive White House run. The memo released Sunday doesn’t mention the former president by name but is unambiguous in its purpose.
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“To write a new chapter for our country, we need to turn the page on the past,” the document reads. “So the best thing for the country would be to have a president in 2025 who represents a new chapter. The American people have shown that they’re ready to move on, and so AFP will help them do that.”
A spokesman for Trump didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump is the only declared Republican candidate, but former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to enter the race on Feb. 15, with more expected to follow, likely including former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, among others. The former president remains the front-runner, but some polls have shown DeSantis especially strong in a hypothetical primary.
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