New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Sunday that he is considering a 2024 White House candidacy, citing Granite State’s “live or die free” ethos as a model for the Republican Party.
Sununu said “yes” when asked by CNN’s Dana Bash in his State of the Union address if he was considering running for president.
“I don’t really have a timeline. I’m naturally more into growing the party as a Republican, talking to independents, and talking to the next generation of potential Republican voters that no one is reaching out to right now.” is spending the time of
So far, former President Donald Trump is the only high-profile Republican to formally apply to run for the 2024 White House, but several others, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have been nominated for the nomination. I am considering challenging him for this.
Mr. Sununu, who won his second term in his fourth term as governor last fall by more than 15 points, conceded Sunday that Mr. DeSantis “will definitely win New Hampshire right now.” He said Trump, speaking at the New Hampshire Republican Party conference on Saturday, could win the state again, but the former president “didn’t really bring the fire, the energy that many people saw. ’16.’
“He’s going to have to earn it too,” Sununu said of Trump. “That’s New Hampshire. You have to come and get it personally, even if you’re a former president.”
Support for another bid for President Trump among Republican voters fell in three CNN polls on the topic last year. A poll in January 2022 showed a close tie. Fifty percent said they would prefer Trump to be nominated, and 49 percent said they would prefer someone else. By July, 44% said they wanted Trump to be the party’s nominee, and by December, 38% said the same.
Sununu was asked on Sunday about a recent poll from the University of New Hampshire. DeSantis was shown to lead Trump 42% to 30% against him, along with every other poll candidate, including Governor Granite.
“I’m surprised by the other candidates. I don’t think many of us are doing well,” said Sununu. “Frankly, I’m surprised I’m in that poll.”
Whether or not he seeks the presidential nomination, Sununu said candidates should know when the race is over.
“I think there’s a lot of hope and opportunity for talented candidates to come on board and get the message out where it’s needed,” he said. , says, “Look, you only got 5% voter turnout, so you gotta get out.” We don’t want a crowded field here. ”
Sununu on Sunday urged Republicans to return to “believing in personal responsibility” rather than stepping into a cultural battle, outlining the value of anchoring a potential White House bid.
“I think a lot of Republican leaders support this idea that we have to fight. But you can’t have leadership that’s just about fighting,” he said.
Politics takes place in Sununu’s family. He was the 82nd Governor of New Hampshire and his father John H. Sununu was the 75th Governor, and from 1983 he served until 1989, after which George H.W. became an officer. His older brother, John E. Sununu, represented the state in the House and Senate from 1997 until 2009.