Transcript: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on "Face the Nation," September 3, 2023

07:55 03.09.2023

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed his concerns about the size of the Republican field in the 2024 presidential race during an interview on "Face the Nation" that aired on September 3, 2023. Hogan, a Republican himself, had previously stated that he would not seek the nomination in order to give another Republican a better chance of defeating former President Donald Trump. In the interview, Hogan reiterated his belief that the crowded field would only hinder Republicans' chances of winning the election.

Hogan emphasized the need to narrow down the field and find a strong leader who could bring the Republican Party back on track and win elections. He suggested that candidates who did not make the debate stage should consider dropping out, and those who were unwilling to challenge Trump should also step aside. Hogan specifically mentioned former congressman Will Hurd as someone who should not be in the race at this point.

When asked about the level of concern among traditional Republicans and donors, Hogan acknowledged that there was a growing alarm. He stated that many people had hoped for a different outcome by this time and were realizing that Trump could potentially be the nominee again, despite the fact that a majority of Americans did not want either Trump or Biden as the nominees.

The interviewer asked Hogan about the possibility of late entries into the race from Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia or Governor Glen Youngkin of Virginia. Hogan expressed doubts about whether adding more candidates to the field would solve the problem and noted that the deadline for entry was only six weeks away.

The conversation then turned to Hogan's involvement with the group No Labels, which was considering the possibility of an independent or third-party ticket that would bring together a Republican and a Democrat. Hogan dismissed the idea that such a ticket would be a spoiler for President Biden, arguing that it was a response to the fact that neither Trump nor Biden were popular choices for many Americans. He clarified that he would only consider being part of a No Labels ticket if Trump and Biden were the nominees and if there was a real chance of winning.

Regarding concerns about No Labels' funding and transparency, Hogan explained that the organization was tax-exempt and therefore not required to disclose its donors. He defended No Labels as a grassroots citizen organization and dismissed criticisms as attempts to undermine the rising popularity of the movement.

In conclusion, Hogan expressed his hope that the Republican Party would find a strong nominee and avoid the need for a No Labels ticket. However, he did not rule out the possibility of considering such a ticket if it became necessary and if he believed it could win the race.

/ Sunday, September 3, 2023, 7:55 AM /

themes:  Donald Trump  Georgia  Virginia  Maryland

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