Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), a populist-leaning Republican who strongly supported former President Donald Trump, had been floated by many political analysts and “experts” in the media as a potential contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
While the primary season is still a ways off, it appears as of now, according to Hawley, that the predictions from the media talking heads were wrong about the senator’s purported aspirations to launch a presidential run in 2024, the Washington Examiner reported.
In fact, in two separate instances on Tuesday, Hawley made it clear that he is “not running” for president and intends to remain in his current position as a senator representing his home state of Missouri.
“I’m not running”
Business Insider first reported in a “scoop” Tuesday morning that Hawley had shot down the rumors of his supposed presidential ambitions.
“No, I’m not running,” Hawley told a reporter at the Capitol when asked about 2024, according to Business Insider.
The senator reiterated that same message later Tuesday evening during an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, dismissing media speculation that he was preparing to launch a presidential bid ahead of the next election cycle.
“I’ve always said, Maria, that I’m not running for president,” Hawley said during an appearance on Fox News Primetime.
“It’s a privilege to represent the state of Missouri in the United States Senate. I just got elected barely two years ago. There’s a lot of work to do, and I look forward to continuing to fight for Missouri every day that I can,” he added.
Nevertheless, the media’s speculation about Hawley’s potential presidential run wasn’t entirely unwarranted, as there was circumstantial evidence to support the notion, including his bold decision to stand in objection to President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump, the Examiner noted.
That was viewed by many critics as an attempt by the senator to curry favor with the former president’s devoted base and assume the role of heir to the MAGA populist movement that helped Trump get elected in the first place.
Hawley has also been a leading voice in the fight against Big Tech’s partisan censorship and monopolistic practices. Furthermore, he will soon publish on the topic — and prospective presidential candidates often release books to garner attention and support prior to announcing a campaign run.
The Examiner noted that Hawley’s disavowal of a planned presidential run is only as good as the moment in which it was uttered, as there have been countless candidates who initially claimed they weren’t running before changing their minds.