- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel dismissed challenges to President Trump’s election bid from the left and right, though warned against underestimating the push for socialism.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, the face of the Republican campaign arm brushed off any thought of a serious primary contest against the president.

“They have the right to jump in and lose,” Ms. McDaniel said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld launched an exploratory committee, the first to take a step towards a formal Republican bid. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are also rumored to be potential primary challengers.

Ms. McDaniel particularly aimed at former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, arguing that neither has a strong enough record to run on.

As for the rest of the Democratic field, Ms. McDaniel said none stood out as a particular threat to the president, but stressed that selling socialism to millennials is the real threat.

“They’re all trying to out Bernie, Bernie,” she said of Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent making his second bid for the party nomination. “It’s the ultimate bait-and-switch.”

The one Democrat Ms. McDaniel said Republicans should worry about isn’t even in the running for 2020: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“We can’t take her for granted,” she said. “We can’t think that the American people understand what socialism is. We have to go out and educate.”

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