Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin didn’t want to rule out throwing his hat in the ring for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on Sunday.
Youngkin appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream and repeatedly dodged questions about whether he had closed the door on a presidential run. Youngkin deflected by saying he was focused on the Virginia State Assembly elections scheduled for this fall.
“You cannot run for governor again in Virginia. What are you thinking about in 2024? Do you definitely rule it out or rule it out?” Brasse asked.
“Shannon, I made myself really clear. I’ve been so focused on 2023. In my opinion it is the most important election in the country,” Youngkin replied. “We have a chance to show that common sense conservative policies can actually produce great results.”
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Youngkin continued to praise his administration’s achievements, highlighting his education policies and Virginia’s strong economy.
“That sounds like a stupid speech,” Bream said. “Is there any chance you would use these skills to run for president in 2024?”
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“Like I said, I’m not at the Iowa state fair, I was actually at the Rockingham County fair,” Youngkin said. “I advocate for Virginians in Virginia, not across the country.”
“Okay, I’ll leave that at that since the door still looks like it might have a small crack open there,” Bream concluded.
If Youngkin does announce a presidential campaign, he will join an already crowded field of candidates that lags far behind former President Donald Trump.
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Trump has maintained a commanding lead in the polls throughout the Republican primary. While the criminal charges against him threaten to slow his campaign, they have also led to strong support from Republicans. Trump received a surge in donations after each impeachment this year.
Beginning his appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Youngkin emphasized the importance of his education policies as children across the country recover from the pandemic’s “catastrophic learning loss.”
The governor also stated that parents must remain the ultimate authority when it comes to their children’s education.
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Youngkin’s administration is currently cracking down on Virginia public schools that refuse to adequately enforce reforms that require parents to be informed if their child expresses any gender confusion at school.