A potential political rival of the government. Ron DeSantis The governor of Florida admitted that he has momentum for the presidential election.
“Obviously Ron DeSantis is trying to run for president, and that’s fine,” New Hampshire’s governor said. Chris Sununu“Definitely, he’ll probably win New Hampshire right now.”
Sununu spoke in an appearance about the 2024 presidential election. CNN’s State of the Union address. Questions from the host Dana Bash Sununu was considering running for president himself, but he said yes.
He suggested most prospects would wait until later this year to make their intentions known. rice field.
Sununu, in particular, has for years launched a far-reaching criticism of DeSantis’ fiscal policies, laying the groundwork for presidential primaries.Last year, Sununu criticized DeSantis signed a law allowing the collection of sales tax on online purchases, allowing the state to collect over $1 billion in new revenue.
While he made no such attack on DeSantis during his appearance on CNN, he did suggest that early polls could change in the upcoming presidential primary.
Bash pointed to the results of a poll from the University of New Hampshire released this week This puts DeSantis in the lead among New Hampshire’s key voters with 42% support.former president donald trump It has 30% support. Former Governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley 8% voter turnout. Even though Sununu is a natural son, he only earns 4%.
“Frankly, I’m surprised I’m in that poll because we weren’t really talking about it,” Sununu said.
Bash said only Trump has official announcement He is running. Sununu, however, suggested that all voters knew DeSantis would attend.
“Obviously DeSantis and Trump are the two candidates,” he said. “Whether he’s declaring or not. Okay[DeSantis]hasn’t been publicly declared, but he’s got hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Sununu praised many candidates, including former Secretary of State Haley Mike Pompeo vice president Mike Pencethe latter was not shown in the New Hampshire poll.
New Hampshire is very important in presidential elections thanks to its traditional constituencies as the first U.S. primary. Sununu suggested that it would give him an important platform not only for his own run but also for shaping the future field.
“As a kind of umpire for the nation’s first primary, I have an opportunity to really make sure that we’re pulling some levers there and holding candidates accountable,” he said.
This includes promoting candidates or kicking them out of the race if they do not prove viability. He suggested that any presidential candidate who can’t secure his 5% of the vote in early elections — a threshold he’s clearly not yet reached in his state — needs to quickly become a reality.
“We don’t want a crowded field here,” he said.
“Run it well. But if it doesn’t happen, you should pull back and let two, three, or four candidates.”
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