(Presidentialwire.com)- Former Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd last week addressed the rumors that he might run for president in 2024 ahead of an appearance in New Hampshire where he met with several state Republicans, saying he has an “open mind” on how he can serve the country.
Hurd told Fox News that one of the reasons for his New Hampshire visit is “to talk about how the importance of the first-in-the-nation primary is going to affect and determine what we want America to be.”
The former congressman, who previously worked as a CIA officer, is the author of the book “American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done,” which describes his vision for how the GOP can change its approach to politics and how the country can reform its political system.
Hurd was visiting New Hampshire last Saturday, the same day former President Donald Trump made a quick stop in the state.
When asked about sharing the spotlight with Trump in New Hampshire, Hurd said it was important for New Hampshire voters to “see different messages.” He said “diversity of viewpoints and opinions” is what is great about the Republican Party. He said allowing for competing ideas is “the only way that we’re going to make sure this experiment called America continues to exist.”
So far, the only person other than Donald Trump to formally announced a run for the Republican nomination is West Virginia businessman Rollan Roberts II.
It was reported this week that former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be formally announcing her bid for the GOP nomination on February 15.
Other rumored candidates include Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
A recent New Hampshire poll found Republicans in the state have mixed feelings about supporting another Trump campaign, with 43 percent backing the former president and 42 percent wanting someone else.
President Joe Biden has yet to announce his reelection campaign. It was reported in late January that the president will formally announce sometime after his February 7 State of the Union Address.