Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson(R) is looking into the possibility of running in the next presidential election. He’s being more open about it than many potential candidates, who may not want to make an announcement that will upset Donald Trump and his fans, but he’s still waiting to see whether MAGA affects which way the proverbial wind blows.
Hutchinson says that he doesn’t want to make a decision or announcement before the midterm elections in November, but is willing to affirm that a 2024 run is at least on his mind. However, he’s watching to see whether a candidate other than Donald Trump, or a Trump-aligned substitute, has a chance.
He also doesn’t seem to mind getting a few digs in at Trump’s movement and methods along the way, describing himself as a candidate who “has a more positive outlook,” and someone who doesn’t “resort to personal grievances,” and who is willing to work with Democrats rather than casting them as the enemy.
.@LACaldwellDC: "Do you have any ambitions to run for president in 2024?"
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson: "It's really critical that we save that 'til after November of this year. Obviously, I'm thinking about it, but not going to have any decision until next January." pic.twitter.com/utWTg6uHrl
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 1, 2022
“It’s really critical that we save that until after November of this year. Obviously, I’m thinking about it, but not going to be having any decision until next January. We’re going to focus on this year. But 2024 is so critical in terms of shaping the Republican Party, so whether it’s as a candidate or in some other role, I certainly want to be a voice, and this is an important point. Somehow people think that if you’re not 100% pure behind Donald Trump, then somehow you’re a moderate. My record is as conservative as anyone in the United States of America, but I’m able to reach across the aisle to help and work to get things done, so it’s effective message, but I think the test in 2024 [is] can a conservative that has a more optimistic view of America, that doesn’t resort to personal grievances, can that person win?”
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