Hogan says he’s a “common conservative” who wants to “be in place” for 2024

  • Maryland Gov. Hogan said he’s putting himself “in position” to run for president in 2024 if he sees fit.
  • Hogan said he has never announced a presidential run, but “will be a voice in some way.”
  • He added that he is not sure whether President Biden or former President Trump will run in 2024.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he is a “conservative conservative” as he considers a possible 2024 presidential run.

Hogan weighed in on whether the Republican party has a “strip” for someone like him while delivering the keynote address at last week’s “Politics & Eggs” event in Manchester, New Hampshire, co-hosted by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Policy.

“I’ve never said I’m going to run for president. Obviously, I travel around the country, I’ve been to about 25 different states and I’m listening to people and trying to get a feel for it,” Hogan said at the event.

Hogan has been touted by some as a safe Republican alternative who could help realign the GOP post-Trump. Hogan has previously said he is “hopeful” that former President Donald Trump — who has hinted noncommittally about another run — will not seek re-election in 2024.

But first, Hogan said he needs to “finish the job” as governor of Maryland, where he is serving his second and final term, before making serious plans for his political future.

“I’m going to be a voice in some way. I’m going to do everything I can to get the country back on track. I don’t know which way it’s going to go honestly,” he added. “I have work until January 18th.”

Hogan added that he wants to see the outcome of the November midterms as he ponders, noting that he will host a leadership summit in November for “thought leaders from across the country to talk about the way forward and what we can do.” we are doing to achieve the country is moving in a different direction”.

In remarks last week, Hogan said he wants to be “in a position” for a presidential run, but would also support a candidate he likes best, noting he’s not sure if either President Joe Biden or former President Trump will be a candidate in 2024.

“I promise after I’m done as captain, I’ll take a look at it, but I’m not here to convince you that I’m on that path yet. I want to be able to. If it’s not me and I don’t see a path, I want to help who I think is the strongest possible candidate,” Hogan said. “I think there are 10 people who want to be the next Donald Trump, and I think there might be a different streak.”

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