Even if former President Donald Trump decides to run in 2024, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas says he’s still thinking about it.
“Of course, this year must be overcome. In any case, Hutchinson, whose tenure as governor expires soon, acknowledged as much on “State of the Union” with CNN’s Dana Bash “when asked whether he was thinking about running in 2024, he said, “Yes.”
If Trump chooses to compete for the Republican nomination in 2024, Hutchinson says it will “not be a consideration” in his decision-making process, according to Bash.
In the future, he believes, “we need to have a new course,” as he said. There are many excellent things to be said about President Obama, but we need to go in a new path.
Trump has not made a formal announcement about a 2024 White House candidacy, but he has often hinted at the possibility.
Government should not penalize private firms because we disagree with them, Hutchinson said. To me, that’s an old-fashioned Republican concept of having a limited federal government.”
Even said, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas did state that he thought Disney “handled this very badly,” adding that he agreed with DeSantis’ view that sexual orientation should not be taught in schools “in those younger grades.
After previously supporting Trump’s re-election effort in 2020, Hutchinson told Bash last year that Trump would not have his backing in 2024.
Trump, he stated at the time, “should not determine our destiny,” adding that “the party has to react and connect with the causes that won him the first election and gave him support during his administration,” despite the fact that Trump would continue to have a voice in the Republican Party.
After serving in the House from 1997 to 2001, Hutchinson was elected governor in 2014 and has since been renowned as a moderate Republican who sometimes defies his party while still acknowledging its supporters on specific topics.
Hours before it was supposed to largely take effect, he pushed major corporations in his state not to comply with the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccination requirement, calling it a “oppressive” law.
A state-wide prohibition on requiring people to wear face masks was approved by the governor in August of last year just as the extremely contagious Delta version of the coronavirus was spreading throughout the country.
When he rejected an anti-transgender health care bill in April 2021, Hutchinson was praised by LGBTQ organizations for his stance on gender-affirming “procedures” for trans persons under the age of 18. In the end, state legislators overrode the veto, and the measure was signed into law.