Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on ABC News that he is running for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. Hutchinson made his announcement during an interview with Jonathan Karl on Sunday. During the interview, Hutchinson stated that he believes the American people want leaders who appeal to the best of America, not the worst instincts.
Hutchinson is positioning himself as a challenger to former President Donald Trump, who has not yet announced whether he will run for president in 2024. Hutchinson believes that his message of experience, consistent conservatism, and hope for America’s future will resonate with voters. Hutchinson plans to work hard and deliver his message to voters in Iowa and other early-voting states.
During the interview, Karl asked Hutchinson how the indictment of Donald Trump by the Manhattan D.A. would change the race. Hutchinson said that while the indictment adds to the unpredictability of the race, the American people cannot be sidetracked by this controversy. Hutchinson believes that voters need to focus on the issues, such as border security, the economy, and America’s leadership in the world.
Hutchinson also said that if Trump were indicted, he should drop out of the race for the sake of the office of the presidency. Hutchinson believes that the office is more important than any individual person and that if criminal charges need to be answered, the office is always more important.