Former Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd will later this month visit New Hampshire, the state holding the first presidential primary in the Republican Party’s nomination calendar.
Hurd’s trip, who served three terms in Congress before deciding against reelection in 2020, will spark speculation that the former CIA undercover official is considering running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
Republican sources told Fox News on Friday that Hurd will address hundreds of party leaders, elected officials and activists attending the New Hampshire GOP’s annual convention to be held this year on Saturday, January 28 in Salem, New Hampshire will.
“This is a major tipping point for the Republican Party as to whether or not we can beat Joe Biden in 2024. It will take a common sense fighter who has already won tough races. Will Hurd did that and helped others do it,” a Republican close to Hurd’s political sphere of influence told Fox News.
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The agent, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, stressed, “New Hampshire is the front lines in this fight and it’s a smart move to hear from Granite Staters before making a decision about his future. “
Hurd garnered national attention last spring during a widely acclaimed book tour for American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done.
In his book, Hurd urged his party to reconsider its political style and offered ideas for reforming America’s political system and keeping the nation competitive with China and other powers.
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Hurd’s book — which is partly a memoir about growing up in Texas with a black father and white mother, his CIA career, and his years in Congress during the Obama and Trump administrations, and partly a recipe for his party and the country as a whole — appeared to some political pundits as a roadmap for a possible 2024 White House run.
But Hurd, who was an only black Republican in the House of Representatives during his tenure in Congress, told Fox News last April, “If I have an opportunity to serve my country, I will evaluate it. I have been fortunate to serve him in many ways. But right now, it was important for me to put some of those ideas out there because 72% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, and it doesn’t have to be.”
When asked in a September interview with the Texas Tribune if he was considering running for president, he replied, “I’ll think about it.”
This isn’t Hurd’s first trip to New Hampshire. The then-Congressman stopped in the key state of general elections in 2019 to meet with local Republicans while touring the country on behalf of other GOP lawmakers and officials running in the 2020 election.
Hutchinson from Arkansas is sending 2024 signals
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson admits his two trips last week to Iowa — the state where the caucuses were held have for half a century kick-starting the GOP president’s nomination calendar — are a sign he’s seriously contemplating a White House run.
“Going to Iowa probably sends some signals that you’re looking seriously at 2024,” Hutchinson, who just finished his eight-year term as governor, told Fox News.
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Hutchinson was interviewed during his Thursday-Friday transfer to Hawkeye State, where he attended Gov. Kim Reynolds’ second inauguration, and also met with other GOP leaders to reflect on Republican victories in Iowa in the November midterm elections celebrate. Hutchinson was also in Iowa on Monday when he addressed a GOP law breakfast.
Arkansas’ short-term governor, who was succeeded Tuesday by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said his 2024 decision “would have to be made early in the second quarter or sometime in the first quarter … I’m not putting on an artificial time frame — I am. I wanted to make sure that there is the kind of financial support I need when I run.”
Hutchinson called the welcome he received from Iowans “very welcoming” and highlighted the “links between an agricultural state like Arkansas and Iowa and all that we share in terms of the issues we face — many of the same.” Values are shared by the communities here. So there’s a real connection.”
Hutchinson, a former federal prosecutor who became a two-term congressman and served as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and undersecretary of Homeland Security during the administration of then-President George W. Bush, touts that he is a “staunch conservative.”
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Former President Donald Trump is already in the running for the GOP presidential nomination, and there’s a strong possibility that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former South Carolina governor are former ambassadors Nikki Haley was also a candidate for the Republican nomination at the United Nations.
When asked how someone like Hutchinson could compete with bigger names and bigger war chests, the former governor said, “You have to work hard, and that’s the appeal of a place like Iowa. They like to look you in the eye and make a decision. It’s a country of retail politics that I’m used to. It’s about getting to know the people and their challenges and presenting their arguments to them. That is the beauty of American democracy.”