(LibertySociety.com) – The list of Republican candidates who have thrown their hats in the race for the 2024 presidential primary continues to grow, now with a fourth contender vying for the oval office. Former Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson officially announced on April 2nd, 2023, that he will be running, joining former former President Donald Trump, Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican activist, author, and entrepreneur.
Hutchinson told ABC News that he believes that candidates who attract the “best of America” are what voters want, which is what led to his decision to run. Hutchinson served two terms as Governor of Arkansas but has spent the last six months on the road, talking with Americans about what they’re looking for in a leader. He claims that the people he spoke with want a consistent, optimistic conservative who operates on common sense, convincing him that he is the man for the job.
Hutchinson became a member of the House of Representatives in the late 1990s and later served under former President George W. Bush’s administration. According to USA Today, Hutchinson was known for approving tax cuts in his state and taking a conservative stance on issues like abortion. However, he also received backlash for some actions he took when he was in office that defied the Republican-majority legislature.
Hutchinson has been critical of Trump, labeling his presidency as chaotic, and expressed his belief that the Republican party should leave him in the past. His stance aligns with those of a number of other leaders who have suggested the US needs new leadership, although some recent polls show that many Republican voters are sticking by Trump despite his current legal predicament.
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