Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, reportedly told CNN on Monday morning that he would not run for president in 2024.
Sununu had been contemplating a candidacy for several months, but he stated that his ultimate decision would be based on how he could best serve the party.
“I’ve taken the last six months to really kind of look at things, where everything is, and I’ve made the decision not to run for president on the Republican ticket in 2024. Obviously, a lot goes into that decision. But it’s been quite an adventure, but not the end of the adventure by any means.” He said during the interview.
Sununu stated that he wants to use his voice to expand the Republican Party by being more candid when speaking to the American people, and he believes that what he has to say will have a greater impact if he is not a candidate, since people will not question whether he is saying something to get elected.
“I want more Independents on the Republican Party team. I want more young voters on the Republican Party team. I’m tired of losing U.S. Senate races and governors races. And clearly I talk a bit candidly, I think as folks appreciate, I think more folks within the Republican Party have to have that kind of voice, that kind of emphasis of message and making sure that this is about the Republican Party, not just about the former president.” he continued.
Sununu went on to warn against too many candidates staying in the race for too long, an outcome he warned could lead the nomination for former President Trump, whom he believes has little chance of reclaiming the White House in 2024.
“If you’re not talking in residence against the candidate who’s right now winning by 20 or 30 points, then you’re just potentially auditioning to be on his team. But clearly, there’s 12 People in the race. I don’t think all 12 of them firmly believe that they can be president. I think a lot of a lot of them just want to effectively audition to be in the cabinet or vice president. And at this time, there’s no place for that. There’s absolutely no place for that.” Sununu warned.
“It has to be about the party. It has to be about making sure that the ticket up and down is strong. And right now Donald Trump costs us from the U.S. Senate to governorships to school board seats, his message costs Republican parties dearly across the country.” he continued.