Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday morning he was considering a presidential run in the 2024 election and commented on former president Donald Trump’s recent campaign announcement.
Trump formally announced his bid for president at his Florida residence Tuesday, saying that “America’s comeback starts right now.”
During the segment, Hutchinson noted that, “There’s going to be a number of alternatives in 2024 to the former president’s announcement.”
“Are you potentially one of those alternatives?” CNN’s Kaitlin Collins, a former Daily Caller reporter, asked. (RELATED: ‘Underdogs’: Blake Masters Slams Republican Strategy, Spending Decisions While Conceding Arizona Senate Race)
“Absolutely. I’m looking at it very seriously,” Hutchinson replied, adding that he’s “probably looking at January for a decision point.”
Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s considering a 2024 run and sees January as “a decision point.” He doesn’t think a crowded GOP field benefits Trump like it did in 2016. “He’s a known quantity now and I don’t think there’s going to be anything different in his approach.” pic.twitter.com/cL76rndweu
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 17, 2022
Hutchinson also said he did not think that a crowded presidential candidate field will help Trump in 2024, like some say it did in 2016.
“People understand who Donald Trump is today and his style and I don’t think there’s gonna be anything new in his approach.” Hutchinson said. “He’s a known quantity now, we know the chaos that comes with him and that’s really not the kind of leadership that’s good for America and really the future of our party.”
“We have to recognize some things Trump did absolutely as president but this is a different day and time, we’re looking for a new leader in 2024 and for me I don’t wanna turn the party over to the past, I want it to develop the principles for the future.”