Larry Hogan, the previous governor of Maryland, who announced that he will decide on a 2024 presidential run “sometime this spring,” has made that announcement. Hogan has decided he will NOT run for the White House in 2024. While the former governor was widely thought to run in 2024 announced in a New York Times op-ed Sunday that he would not be running and to warn against Trump’s own 2024 campaign.
According to the Guardian Hogan said,
“I would never run for president to sell books or position myself for a cabinet role. I have long said that I care more about ensuring a future for the Republican party than securing my own future in the Republican party.”
“For too long, Republican voters have been denied a real debate about what our party stands for beyond loyalty to Mr Trump. A cult of personality is no substitute for a party of principle,” Hogan continued.
He added: “I am deeply concerned about this next election. We cannot afford to have Mr Trump as our nominee and suffer defeat for the fourth consecutive election cycle. To once again be a successful governing party, we must move on from Mr Trump.”
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According to Politico Hogan has previously said,
“Sometime this spring, I think, is when you’d have to really get ramped up. … You’ve got to start raising hard dollars and be really in the race committed in the next couple of months,” Hogan told host Chuck Todd.
The moderate Republican noted that he started a federal fundraising committee last year. He has criticized members of his own party for falsely saying the 2020 election was stolen, and he’s blamed former President Donald Trump for the party’s 2022 midterm struggles, among other issues.
“I’m traveling around the country just trying to get a feel for what Republican voters want, what Americans are looking for, and we’re going to make a decision in a relatively short period of time,” Hogan said Sunday.
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Hogan remains to be a moderate Republican, as he left office last month. While in office his approval ratings were 77%, according to a Gonzalez poll, though his approval ratings had been higher among Democrats than Republicans in his state. Leaving many questions for voters as a former Republican governor in a largely blue state begins to tease a 2024 run.