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The Koch-backed AFP group is ready to back the new Republican candidate

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(RockedBuzz via Reuters) – A political advocacy group backed by billionaire businessman Charles Koch is preparing to get involved in the primaries for the 2024 US presidential election, saying it wants to back a candidate who could ‘carry the country forward “. he said.

The group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), has not previously endorsed presidential candidates, but said in the memo that the best thing for the country would be to have a president in 2025 who “represents a new chapter”.

The memo, addressed to AFP staff and activists by AFP Chief Executive Emily Seidel, and posted on the organization’s website, did not mention current US President Joe Biden or his predecessor Donald Trump by name , but stated that to “write a new chapter… we turn the page on the past”.

“Here’s the hard truth as I see it,” the memo said. “The Republican Party is nominating bad candidates who are supporting things that go against basic American principles. And the American people are rejecting them.

“The Democratic Party increasingly sees this as a political opportunity. And it is responding with ever more extreme policies… This means that the country is in a downward spiral, with both sides reinforcing the bad behavior of the


The group, which has advocated for lower taxes, less regulation and free trade, has reaffirmed its presence in key states, saying “no one is better placed to engage and mobilize people in those states.”

Former President Trump is so far the only Republican candidate announced, though former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to kick off her campaign for the nomination this month.

(Reporting by Rahat Sandhu in Bangalore; Editing by David Holmes)