Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2024, joining the field of contenders hoping to secure the GOP nomination. During his announcement in Bentonville, Arkansas, Hutchinson highlighted his record and experience, including serving in Congress, as the head of the DEA, and as the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Hutchinson emphasized his achievements as governor, including cutting taxes, creating record surpluses, increasing teacher pay, and reducing regulations, which led to the private sector growing by over 100,000 jobs. Hutchinson also took a swipe at former President Trump, saying he stands alone in terms of experience, record, and leadership.
Hutchinson is a vocal critic of Trump, calling on him to drop out of the 2024 race following his indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Hutchinson said the presidency is more important than any individual person, and Trump’s candidacy would be a distraction from the office of the presidency.
While Trump has yet to announce his running mate, insiders say he is looking for someone who is loyal, charismatic, and ideologically aligned with him. He may choose a running mate from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.
Hutchinson’s announcement adds to the growing number of candidates seeking the GOP nomination. He will likely face tough competition from other candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.