While Donald Trump has focused on if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will attempt to challenge him in 2024 another Republican governor is making it clear he is also considering a presidential run. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he doesn’t view Trump as the future of the Republican Party and hasn’t ruled out challenging Trump in 2024.
Fox News reports:
“I’m concentrating on finishing my term well as governor,” Hutchinson told Fox News Digital at the National Governors Association winter meeting. “I do want to be a voice that talks about conservative, common sense ideas, and we’ll see where that leads.”
Hutchinson had previously said that he does not see Trump as the future of the Republican Party, and when asked by Business Insider who should lead instead, said “that’s what the election is all about.”
“It’s a competitive landscape, people always have choices,” Hutchinson said, stressing that he wants more voices heard within the party.
“Whenever you’re … three years out from [the election,] let’s have a lot of voices out there that can talk to the Republican base, talk about ideas talk about the future, and that’s what I want to shift the debate to,” he said.
Hutchinson has been a vocal critic of former president Trump but Biden hasn’t been spared criticism either. The Arkansas governor has slammed Biden’s “weakness” and said he has been an “ineffective” president.
“We look for effectiveness, and we look for some level of bipartisanship, and we really haven’t seen that yet,” he continued.