New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Sunday more firmly ruled out a third-party run for president in 2024 on Sunday, but said many will feel “politically homeless” if President Biden and former President Trump are on the top of the ticket.
“No, nothing I’m looking at. No, nothing I’m looking at,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on whether he would make a third-party bid for the White House after opting to not run in the crowded GOP primary. “Look, I’m still working 24/7 to make sure the Republican Party is the best version of itself.”
“And that is it with yesterday’s news of Donald Trump, and a conservative that can fulfill on all the policies that Trump brought forward that we agreed with, but he just couldn’t get done,” he said. “He didn’t get the border done. He didn’t get fiscal discipline done. He didn’t drain the swamp. Those are great ideas. But let’s get a conservative in there that can actually do it.”
Sununu had previously dodged such questions.
Todd also asked Sununu about political organization No Labels, which is teasing a possible third-party candidate in 2024. Sununu noted that 70 percent of Americans do not want to see Biden or Trump on the ballot.
Former GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is part of No Labels, said on CBS “Face the Nation” Sunday that the organization was considering a third-party candidate should Biden and Trump be at the top of the ticket following their respective parties’ primary elections. Hogan has also been an outspoken critic of Trump.
“Well, look, according to the polls you just showed about 70 percent of America is supportive of that idea to not see Trump and Biden on that ticket,” he said. “You know, I heard someone put it once, 70 percent of America, if it’s a Trump Biden ticket, will be politically homeless. And I think that’s a very good way to put it. They won’t have any inspiration; they won’t feel very confident about going forward.”
Sununu said in June that he would not challenge Trump in the Republican 2024 primary, joining Hogan in passing on a primary challenge to the former president.