SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Sen. Tom Cotton did not rule out running in the 2024 presidential election in a Tuesday interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Arkansas senator told the DCNF’s Mary Margaret Olohan that it is “too soon to speculate on an election that is three years away,” attributing his late June “midwest swing” to efforts to help out his colleagues in the Senate.
“Most Republicans within my visit, whether it’s in my State of Arkansas, in Iowa today, in South Dakota, and across the country, really are concerned about the direction of this country under Joe Biden and the Democrats,” Cotton said. “They’re worried about radical tax and spend plans; they’re worried about the crime wave we say about a border that’s totally open, at a time when we’re gutting law enforcement funding and funding for our military.”
“So, they want us to stop that and they want us to focus on stopping that right now,” he continued. “Then they want to focus and they want us to focus on winning back the house in the Senate next year. That’s one reason why I’m making this Midwest swing to help out my colleagues in the Senate. I’ll be doing this across the country. Once we get through primaries next year, I’ll be campaigning in the states, where we have nominees that are trying to either hold the seats, where some of our senators are retiring, or pick up seats that are currently held by Democrats.”
Cotton declined to compare himself to other prominent Republicans like former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both of whom are rumored to be 2024 contenders. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Here’s How Senator Tom Cotton Plans To Punish China)
“I’ll let the political pundits judge what sets all of us apart,” he said. But the Arkansas senator did not hold back on describing his goals to serve the American people.
“One thing that I’ve always, always tried to do from the time I got into politics is to protect our country and to protect Americans and everything they hold dear—that’s why I joined the Army as well, is to protect our country, whether that’s from rising crime, illegal immigration, foreign threats, whether it’s China, or a terrorist organization,” Cotton said.
He added: “And now Americans need protection from the radical liberal agenda as well, that wants to take more of their money, and boss them around using unelected bureaucracies in Washington, indoctrinate their kids against their wishes, oftentimes to hate their country. That is a message, I’ve delivered in Iowa and South Dakota today, on which I’ve campaigned in Arkansas now three times, in which I’ll be taking all across the country. I think many Americans expect their elected leaders, to protect them, to keep them safe, giving a fair shot at having a successful life, and ensuring that they control their lives—not being controlled by some unelected bureaucrats in a remote capitol.”
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