Missouri’s Republican Senator Josh Hawley declared on Wednesday that he has no intention to run for the presidency in 2024. Instead, he intends to focus on retaining his Senate position, as he informed CNN journalists, Manu Raju and Nicky Robertson. This follows former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Tuesday announcement that she is challenging former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.
.@HawleyMO tells @mkraju & @NickyGRobertson he is NOT running for president in 2024. "I hope to be a candidate for the Senate for re-election,” he says
As for @NikkiHaley's bid: “I wish her well, I’m sure there will be many others,” Hawley said
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) February 15, 2023
Hawley first assumed office in 2019 after defeating the now-former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. Earlier, he had expressed his desire to run for a second Senate term rather than enter the presidential race. In response to a question about Haley’s potential candidacy against Trump, Hawley apparently conveyed his best wishes for her success.
In November, Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, making him the first contender to do so. Haley, who had earlier stated that she would not run for president if Trump were to enter the race, became his initial opponent. In addition, Vivek Ramaswamy, a conservative author, has indicated that he is giving serious thought to running for president.
Hawley’s decision not to run for president in 2024 comes as a surprise to many, as he had been seen as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination. However, his decision to seek re-election for his Senate seat is likely to be welcomed by many of his constituents, who have seen him as a strong leader and advocate for their interests since he took office in 2019.
The upcoming 2024 presidential election seems to be taking shape as an intriguing one, with potential Republican candidates such as Trump, Haley, and Ramaswamy all aiming to secure the party’s nomination. It remains to be seen who else will enter the race and how the competition will unfold. In the meantime, Hawley’s constituents can rest assured that he will continue to represent their interests in the Senate for at least another term.
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