GOP Candidates Talk Family, Country in Thanksgiving Messages

The GOP primary candidates took a brief break from the campaign trail on Thursday, spending time with loved ones and wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving. With the Iowa caucuses less than two months away, the primary field is entering crunch time, but that did not stop the presidential hopefuls from sharing a moment with their families.

“As we get ready to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner with our family this time, we see the problem with our country,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in a video posted to X. “We see that we’ve hit the skids in a lot of different ways, but we should be thankful to be Americans.”

DeSantis drew parallels between the country’s current dividedness and the turmoil of the U.S. Civil War, referencing a proclamation by Abraham Lincoln encouraging Americans to thank God for their blessings.

We should be thankful that we live in a country that was founded on principles of human freedom. We are going to turn this country around and we’re going to get the job done.

Former President Donald Trump also shared a video on social media, where he thanked America’s first responders and military for their service.

Today as we gather with our loved ones we give thanks to almighty God for his many blessings, including our families, our friends, our neighbors and this extraordinary country that we all call home. I also want to send our deep gratitude to all of the patriots serving our nation in uniform this Thanksgiving, including the members of the U.S. armed forces, the heroes of border patrol and law enforcement, ICE, and everybody that works so hard to preserve our system and our country, and working to defend our southern border, and our police and first responders in communities all across America…

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley focused her message on family. She shared that her family was not celebrating Thanksgiving together with her husband, Maj. Michael Haley had been deployed in Africa, and her daughter worked a shift at the hospital.

“We are missing part of our family today: Michael who is deployed overseas and Rena who is working at the hospital,” Haley posted on X. “While on this Thanksgiving Day, our family is not together in person, we are together in spirit.”

Thankful for the blessings of faith, family, and country. Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Such a reminder of how blessed we are to live in America.

Political newcomer and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy shared a video from Iowa, where he participated in the Des Moines five-mile “Turkey Trot.”

“Running for President in Iowa today. Literally,” he said in a video. “Happy Thanksgiving!” he said before joking about “taking the road less traveled.”

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Meanwhile, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wished voters a happy Thanksgiving and expressed gratitude for living in America.

We have just completed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with our extended family and friends. We hope you have had a great celebration as well. We are thankful for the blessings of family, friends and the chance to live in the freest, bravest country the world has ever known.


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