Arkansas’ Republican governor says he’s considering trying 2024 and will run even if Trump does 2022-05-01 09:52:43


Hutchinson, who is limited in his capacity as governor, told CNN’s “State of the Union” reporter when asked if he was seriously considering running 2024.

Pressed by Bash about whether he would still consider running if Trump decided to seek the 2024 Republican nomination, Hutchinson said the former president’s nomination was “not a factor in the decision-making process.”

“I’ve made it clear: I think we should have a different direction in the future,” he added. “I think he has done a lot of good for our country, but we need to go in a different direction.”

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Hutchinson also targeted another potential GOP contender for the presidency in 2024 on Saturday. He said he disagreed with the latest Florida law he defended Governor Ron DeSantis This effectively Disney punishes to Opposition to LGBTQ Restrictions age in the state.

“I don’t think the government should punish private companies because we disagree with them,” Hutchinson said. “To me, that’s the old Republican principle of constrained government.”

However, the Arkansas governor said he feels Disney has “handled this very badly,” adding that he shares DeSantis’ faith That sexual orientation should not be taught “in those lower grades” at school.

Hutchinson told Bach last year that he would not support Trump if he decided to run in 2024 — a departure from his previous support for Trump’s 2020 re-election bid.

At the time, the governor said that while Trump continues to have a voice in the Republican Party, the former president “should not determine our future,” adding that the party needed “to respond and recognize the issues that prioritized his election and support throughout his election and support.” his presidency.”

First elected in 2014, Hutchinson, who served in the US House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001, has become known as someone who occasionally makes payments to the Republican Party while also referring to his party’s base on certain issues.

earlier this year, He urged large companies in his state not to comply With the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which states that employers must not follow the “oppressive” rule hours before it partially takes effect.
Last August, as the highly contagious delta type of coronavirus was sweeping the United States, the governor said that Sorry to agree to statewide ban On face mask mandates.
In April 2021, Hutchinson won praise from LGBT advocates afterwards He vetoed a health care bill against transgender people Doctors in the state have been prohibited from providing gender confirmation “procedures” to transgender people under 18. However, the bill became law after state lawmakers override their veto power.

CNN’s Andy Papineau and Chandellis Duster contributed to this report.