Former Arkansas Govenor Asa Hutchinson announced his 2024 run for president of the United States on Sunday with an announcement that sets him apart from other current or potential Republican candidates:Former President Donald Trump should withdraw his candidacy.
In an interview with the television network ABC’s “This Week”, Hutchinson urged Trump, who launched his candidacy in November 2022, to withdraw from the election, writes Reuters.
After the former president was indicted on Thursday in New York following an investigation into the payment of hush money to a porn star, Hutchinson believes that Trump can no longer be a presidential candidate.
I mean, first and foremost, the position is more important than any individual person. And so, for the sake of the presidency, I think it’s too much of a show and a distraction, and he needs to be able to concentrate on his own personal process and presumptive innocence now,” Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson was governor of the southern state from 2015 to early 2023 after previously serving in the House of Representatives. He said he would make his formal announcement in Arkansas later in April, but has decided not to run.
I have made a decision, and my decision is that I will stand as a candidate for the presidency of the United States, he said.
“I am convinced that people want leaders who appeal to the best in America, and not just to our worst instincts,” he added.
Democratic President Joe Biden is expected to run for re-election in 2024.
Hutchinson has also previously criticized Trump. On Sunday, he made it clear that as a candidate he would not back down from confronting Trump, who remains popular among many Republicans despite being the first president to be impeached.
I think it is a sad day for America that we have a former president who has been indicted, Hutchinson said.
When asked if Trump should step aside, he said:
Well, he should, but at the same time we know that he won’t.
Other Republicans who have launched campaigns for the party’s 2024 nomination include former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and activist investor Vivek Ramaswamy.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are also considered possible candidates.