A New Perspective on America: Chris Sununu, Mike Pompeo, and Nikki Haley: The New President’s Campaign in Florida and the U.S.
Chris Sununu: The New Hampshire governor’s timeline isn’t clear, but he recently established a political action committee that borrowed his state’s motto: “Live Free or Die.” He has positioned himself as an alternative in the GOP. He would start with the advantage of being well-known early in the election. Sununu said that he believes America is looking for results- driven leadership that calls the balls and strikes like they see them.
Taking it a step further, Sununu – who just won a fourth two-year term in the Granite State by 15 percentage points – said it’s “un-American” to “be a country where the best opportunity for our future leadership is the leadership of yesterday.”
In a new CNN poll, 85% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independent voters have a favorable view of DeSantis, compared to only 22% of Trump.
However, the survey also found that if Trump wins the party’s 2024 nomination, a likely majority of Republican-aligned voters would back him in the general election.
Trump launched his newest presidential bid a week after the elections. He has not spoken about 2024 and let speculation swirl. Several consultants in Florida have said DeSantis likely won’t jump into the race until after state lawmakers meet for their annual legislative session, which points to a May or June announcement next year.
Nikki Haley: Haley launched her presidential campaign Tuesday. She had previously said she wouldn’t run against Trump. She said in the video that it was time for a new generation of leadership to rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure the border and strengthen the country.
The primary is early in its season, and it could take months before the candidates make a significant number of trips to states like Iowa and New Hampshire that will participate in the GOP nomination process.
The former president’s campaign officially began in November, days after the elections. He continued to hold campaign-style rallies with supporters after 2020.
Mike Pompeo: Trump’s secretary of state and the former Kansas congressman said during a tour for his new book, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” that he would decide on a presidential run in the coming months. He’s been among the Republicans most openly considering a run, traveling to early-voting states for more than a year.
Chris Christie is a Republican. The former New Jersey governor is among a group of future Republican governors headed to Texas in late February for a private donor gathering. Christie said on ABC earlier this year he doesn’t believe Trump could beat President Joe Biden in 2024.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was the beneficiary of a Trump-backed primary challenge but has now added political staff and is said to be a potential vice president candidate. Florida Sen. Rick Scott and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley have both said they will not run for president in 2024 – but things can change, and both had also taken steps to build their national profiles. Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton has teased a run as a Trump foil.
Glenn Youngkin: The Virginia governor’s 2021 victory offered Republicans a new playbook focused on parental power in education. His political travel last year includes stops for a number of Republican gubernatorial candidates. He faced a setback to his push for a 15-week abortion ban when Democrats won a state senate special election earlier this year, expanding their narrow majority.
South Dakota governor, who won reelection in November, has become a regular at conservative gatherings, and has cultivated a national profile. But she hasn’t committed to a presidential run. “I’m not convinced that I need to run for president,” she told CBS in January.
Asa Hutchinson: The former Arkansas governor is a rare Republican from a deep-red state who has been willing to criticize Trump. He doesn’t have the responsibilities facing other governors since he was removed from office weeks ago. He told CBS that he will probably make a decision sometime in April. He believes voters are looking for someone who isn’t going to be creating chaos, but also someone with a record of lowering taxes.
Liz Cheney: The former Wyoming congresswoman who emerged as the foremost GOP critic of Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud lost her House seat to a Trump-backed primary challenger. She launched a political action committee last year and made clear she intends to try to purge the GOP of Trump’s influence. What that means in the case of a potential 2024 bid is not yet clear.
Will Hurd: The former Texas congressman who represented a border district recently traveled to New Hampshire, an early-voting state, though it’s not clear whether or when he would enter the race. He told Fox News that he has an open mind about how to serve his country.