Ex-Republican Governor Hogan won’t run for president after all | Abroad
Larry Hogan does not plan to run for the US presidency on behalf of Republicans. The former governor of the state of Maryland is a fierce opponent of Donald Trump. In his own words, he doesn’t want to unwittingly help the ex-president profit from the 2024 nomination.
A long list of Republican candidates for the White House will, according to Logan, cause an even greater division within the Grand Old Party. The risk could be that Trump takes advantage of this in the vote.
“There are several capable Republican leaders who have the potential to step in and take the lead,” Hogan wrote in a guest essay in the The New York Times. “But for me, the stakes are too high to risk Trump taking off with the nomination by being involved in another car crash myself.” He reiterated that “the tide is finally turning” and that Republican voters are tired of the hassle and want change.
The popular Hogan resigned as governor of Maryland in January. His second term was over. He did preliminary work for a run for president, but quickly came to the conclusion that if his candidacy gave Trump any wind, he should drop it.
“The more opponents, the better”
Trump himself has made no secret of what he thinks of opposing candidates: “The more opponents, the better.” In 2016, seventeen Republican candidates ran for the highest office in the United States and Trump received the most votes.
So far, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and businessmen Vivek Ramaswamy and Terry Johnson have expressed interest in running for president. Ron DeSantis is considered Trump’s most promising contender. Other names circulating include Mike Pence, Michael Pompeo, Chris Christie, Asa Hutchinson, Kristi Noem, Chris Sununu and Glenn Youngkin.
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