On Fox News, radio host and author Tammy Bruce said that the Democratic party’s adherents are not psychologically prepared to run against an incumbent President Trump in 2020. Bruce told show host Stuart Varney on Wednesday that Democrats are looking into the backgrounds of Vice President Mike Pence, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich as part of their ground work for the next presidential contest.
She said that Democrats are engaged in opposition research because "they have no bench." Bruce told Varney, "They need to be researching people who can run as Democrats." She said, "They also can't psychologically handle the fact of the matter that the president's going to re-run in 2020." She also noted that the Dems "have no money," alluding to the party's setbacks in fundraising.
While the Democratic National Committee may be ready for all scenarios, no potential GOP candidates besides Trump have clearly emerged. Trump has already signaled that he will stand for re-election. For example, Pence has denounced rumors that he has the intention to run for the presidency. He said recently, "Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is not counted among Trump’s strongest supporters, said on Monday that it is currently "too difficult to say" whether Trump will be nominated by Republicans again for 2020.