A Republican from Arkansas hopes the previous party president will not come back.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson confessed he is not interested in nominating Donald Trump as the next GOP presidential candidate.
“I do not believe Trump is the one to lead our party and our country again as president,” he said, according to Fox News.
The governor claimed he does not want Trump to make America great again and would instead support a different GOP candidate’s 2024 bid for the Oval Office.
“I have made it clear: this is about the future [and] it is not about the past elections,” he said, according to the broadcaster.
“The Republican Party has many different voices and it is important in this time to have those voices, and they should be concentrating on this election cycle,” he added.
Hutchinson, who also chairs the National Governors Association, previously refused to support the GOP’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election outcome. As a result, he did little to stop the Democrats from seizing control of the White House.
“I do not believe the election was stolen [and] I respect the results,” he said, according to Business Insider.
He is happy to let the election process decide who leads the Republican Party and becomes the 47th U.S. president.
“That is what the election is all about,” he said, according to the publication.
The remarks sharply contradict the latest Harvard Center for American Political Studies/Harris poll results. The sample study of 1,815 registered voters revealed 57% of GOP supporters would select Trump as the next presidential candidate.
Twelve percent would nominate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, while 11% former Vice President Mike Pence. All other Republicans only attracted a single-digit percentage.
“Former President Trump dominates the field of potential contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nod but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is an early favorite for the nomination in the event that Trump does not run again,” The Hill national politics journalist Max Greenwood previously said.