Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announces his candidacy for president, joining a crowded field of Republican contenders that includes former President Donald Trump, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
Hutchinson, who served as governor of Arkansas for eight years, recently confirmed to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that he intends to run for president and will make an official announcement regarding his candidacy later in April. Despite recent polls indicating Trump is leading the pack, Hutchinson believes he is the “right candidate” for the United States of America and has expressed his belief that Trump should not be the next leader of the country.
During an interview with Karl, Hutchinson made it clear that he believes Trump should withdraw from the race due to the indictment against him. However, he acknowledged that Trump is not going to withdraw from the race.
Hutchinson’s decision to run for president has been met with mixed reactions. Some see him as a moderate Republican who could appeal to a wider range of voters, while others believe that he will struggle to differentiate himself from the other candidates in the race.
From The Blaze:
“Hutchinson defended his decision, describing the bill as ‘overbroad and extreme’ and noting that it did ‘not grandfather in those young people who are currently under hormone treatment. The young people who are currently under a doctor’s care will be left without treatment when this law goes into effect.’ He noted, ‘They may look to the black market for their medications or travel out of state for care if they can afford to do so. This is not the right path to put them and their families on.'”
As a former representative for the state of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives, Governor Hutchinson has a long history of public service. He also held high-ranking positions in the administration of President George W. Bush, including administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and under secretary for border and transportation security at the United States Department of Homeland Security.