Georgia Gov. Kemp is open to a future presidential nomination but rules out a 2024 candidacy

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said a run for the White House may be in his plans at some point, though the governor has no immediate intentions to run for the presidency.

Kemp had already ruled out a presidential candidacy in 2024 earlier this year.

In an interview with WSB-TV, Kemp said his focus is on Georgia and his family. During his tenure as governor, he has navigated COVID-19, anti-police protests, the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, former President Trump’s anger and his own re-election to the governor’s mansion last year.

“Look, I never say never in politics,” Kemp said.

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Republican Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said running for the White House could be in his plans at some point. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

When asked about possible future circumstances under which he might see himself running for president, Kemp said it has yet to be clarified.

“Does ‘your future’ mean like this year? Next year? In four years? I mean, I couldn’t answer that question right now,” he said.

The governor said he was ready to return to a sense of normality with the Georgia state government after a hectic past few years.


Kemps speaks to reporters

Earlier this year, Governor Kemp ruled out running for president in 2024. (Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Honestly, Marty, the girls and I have been through a lot over the past few years,” Kemp said of his wife and children. “I’m ready to just go back to our normal government and family life.”

But while he insists he has no plans to run for president this round, Kemp’s name continues to float as a potential candidate in 2024.

Kemp said he prioritizes the Georgia government and helping Republicans in the Peach State win their elections.

“I just don’t think we’re going to win the White House if we don’t do it,” he said. ‚ÄúThere are a lot of people I speak to about this who are either racing or thinking about running and we’ll just see how that plays out. But we will continue to remain committed.”

Brian Kemp in Athens, Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said his focus is on Georgia and his family. (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)


The governor said he remains committed to making Georgia “the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Kemp has yet to vote for the presidency in the 2024 GOP primary. Republicans who have already announced their candidacy for president include Trump, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, businessman Perry Johnson, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, former radio host Larry Elder and businessman Ryan Binkley. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott are considering a run for the White House.

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