During a “State of the Union” segment over the weekend, Governor Asa Hutchinson told CNN’s Dana Bash that he is considering a White House bid in 2024, saying it is “an option that’s on the table,” and that he would run even if former President Donald Trump enters the race.
Hutchinson told Bash that Trump’s potential candidacy is “not a factor in my decision-making process.”
“I’ve made it clear: I think we ought to have a different direction in the future,” said Hutchinson. “I think he did a lot of good things for our country, but we need to go a different direction.”
Hutchinson said last year that he would not back Trump if he decided to run in 2024.
Trump has not officially announced a 2024 White House bid, but has teased a potential run since leaving office.
Asa Hutchinson is the 46th and current governor of Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected as governor in 2014, and reelected in 2018 with nearly two-thirds of the vote. Hutchinson is barred by term limits from seeking reelection for Arkansas governor in 2022 and beyond.