Asa Hutchinson, the former Governor of Arkansas, has officially announced his entry into the GOP Presidential nomination race. His announcement puts him up against big names such as former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Another Republican Has Entered the Presidential Race https://t.co/4FhhsYx6OZ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 3, 2023
In an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Hutchinson made his intentions clear, “I have made a decision, and my decision is I’m going to run for president of the United States… I am going to be running.” Hutchinson believes that the American people are looking for leaders who will appeal to the best of America, and that is what he aims to do with his candidacy.
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces during an interview with @JonKarl that he will be running for president.
“I'm convinced that people want leaders that appeal to the best of America and not simply appeal to our worst instincts.” https://t.co/Sl3cIF6wS0 pic.twitter.com/T4NA2R2oRD
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 2, 2023
Oh good grief. Rebel without a constituency. https://t.co/Kquyc78z8K
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 2, 2023
Former Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson announces he's running for president in 2024.
He will get tens of votes. pic.twitter.com/qDhbEUV6A1
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) April 2, 2023
Any GOP candidate who declares his candidacy exclusively on the mainstream media, instead of in front of or to a GOP constituency, is off on the wrong note.
Appealing to the MSM lost its effectiveness for Rs 20 years ago.
This is a bad start for Asa.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 2, 2023
While other Republicans have been quick to support former President Trump against the New York indictment, Hutchinson took a different stance. In a statement on Fox Business, Hutchinson called for Trump to “step aside” following his indictment. Hutchinson believes that the office is more important than any single individual, and that, in such cases, public officials should always put the well-being of their country first.
Conservatives on Twitter have been reacting to this news, with many showing their support for Hutchinson in the crowded field of Republican candidates. Hutchinson’s entry into the race will no doubt shake things up and will give voters a new option that is different from the other candidates.