Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Sunday said he would seek the Republican nomination for president.
Hutchinson told “ABC This Week” that an official announcement will come later in April, but “I’ve made my decision.”
“And because, as I’ve traveled the country for six months, I’ve heard people talk about the leadership of our country, and I’m convinced that people want leaders who appeal to the best of America, and not just us. The worst instincts,” Hutchinson. said
He joined the former President Donald TrumpFormer United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and entrepreneur Dr Vivek Ramaswamy in the race. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered a well-known potential challenger, has yet to make an official announcement.
Hutchinson left office in January after serving two terms as Arkansas governor and was replaced by Trump’s former press secretary. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is also the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Hutchinson, a former congressman, also served as one of the House impeachment managers for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Hutchinson previously said he opposed Trump’s third bid for the White House, saying in December that it would be the “worst-case scenario” if Trump won the Republican nomination and faced President Joe Biden in 2024.
He has stepped up that rhetoric in recent weeks amid the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into Trump. A A New York grand jury voted last week to indict Former President The allegations or charges have not been released, but a person familiar with the matter told CBS News on Saturday that Trump has been accused of falsifying business records In the first degree, a felony in New York State.
Hutchinson said Sunday that the indictment “adds to the unpredictability of it.” He called it “a sad day for America that one of our former presidents has been indicted” and called it a “great distraction.”
“And so we have to push, and the American people have to separate what ideas they have for our future, talking about border security and the economy,” Hutchinson said. “We have to talk about them. We have to talk about America’s leadership in the world, whenever you have Russia and China taking advantage of any American weakness.”
Trump can still run for president after being impeached, and his campaign said Saturday it had raised more than $4 million in the 24 hours after he was impeached.
If he wins the presidency, Hutchinson will be the second Arkansas governor to hold the nation’s top office. Clinton served as governor of Arkansas for nearly 12 years before her successful presidential bid in 1992.
Finn Gomez contributed to this report.