Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, a potential Republican contender for the 2024 presidential campaign, has made a momentous decision that will undoubtedly impact the race. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Sununu revealed his choice regarding a potential run for president. With great deliberation and consideration, Sununu has decided not to pursue the Republican nomination in 2024.
During the interview, Sununu explained that his decision was driven by his desire to best serve the Republican Party. Rather than focusing on his own presidential ambitions, he intends to use his voice to make the party stronger and more inclusive. Sununu believes that by being candid and unleashing his ideas and messages, he can attract more independents and young voters to the Republican Party. He expressed frustration with the party’s track record of losing U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, emphasizing the need for a fresh approach.
Sununu stated, “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.” He believes that by not being a candidate himself, his words will carry more weight and impact. People will be more likely to listen and appreciate his ideas without questioning his motives or assuming he is merely pandering for votes.
Furthermore, Sununu emphasized the importance of having a candid voice within the Republican Party. He urged more party members to speak up, delivering a clear and emphatic message that represents the Republican Party as a whole. He believes that relying solely on the popularity of the former president, Donald Trump, is not a sustainable strategy. The party needs a vision that extends beyond past events and focuses on the future of the United States.
In addition to his decision not to run, Sununu offered advice to the other candidates in the race. He cautioned against a crowded field, urging those without a genuine chance of securing the nomination to drop out early. Sununu expressed concerns about the 2016 presidential race, where a divided field allowed a candidate with only around 35% of the vote to secure the nomination. To prevent a similar outcome, he suggested a deadline for candidates to drop out, stating, “Christmas at the latest.” By doing so, Sununu believes the party can avoid diluting its message and increase the chances of a strong nominee representing their values.
Sununu did not shy away from criticizing candidates who he believes are seeking a vice presidential pick or cabinet position rather than genuinely aiming for the presidency. He referred to such candidates as “weak” and expressed his intention to be vocal in calling them out. Sununu firmly believes that the focus should be on building a strong party with a cohesive message rather than personal ambitions and aspirations for individual positions.
Although Sununu has not yet endorsed a specific candidate, he emphasized that any endorsement would be earned through hard campaigning in his state. He emphasized the importance of candidates proving their dedication and commitment to the party’s principles and values.
Governor Chris Sununu’s decision not to run for president in 2024 has sent shockwaves through the Republican Party. As the race moves forward, the impact of Sununu’s decision will be felt by candidates and party members alike. Stay tuned for further updates as the 2024 presidential race continues to unfold.