NH Gov. Chris Sununu Will Not Be Running For President

Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire
Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire (screen capture)

Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire has announced he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2024.

From his op-ed for the Washington Post:

Our party is on a collision course toward electoral irrelevance without significant corrective action. The stakes are too high for a crowded field to hand the nomination to a candidate who earns just 35 percent of the vote, and I will help ensure this does not happen.

The path to winning was clear, but I believe I can have more influence on the future of the Republican Party and the 2024 nominating process not as a candidate but as the governor of the first-in-the-nation primary state — a governor who is unafraid to speak candidly about issues, candidates and the direction of our party, untethered from the limitations of a presidential campaign and unleashed from conventional boundaries.

We must not be complacent, and candidates should not get into this race to further a vanity campaign, to sell books or to audition to serve as Donald Trump’s vice president.

Sununu adds that he feels his party should stop with the culture war topics like banning books and federal bans on abortion. He goes on to say that if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president, his party will lose again.

I don’t know much about Sununu but I watch a fairly in-depth interview with him last month. He reminds me of the more middle of the road Republicans who can actually work with others to get things done.

Read the full essay here.