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Arkansas Governor Will Not Endorse Trump Bid

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declared Sunday that he would not endorse a candidacy of Donald Trump if the former president decides to run again in 2024, stating that “it is time” to give space to other voices within the Republican Party.

“No, I wouldn’t,” Hutchinson responded when asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” show if he would back Trump.

“He will have his voice, as a former president, but there are many voices in the party,” added the governor.

Trump “should not be the one who defines our future, that is something that we have to define ourselves.”

Hutchinson, following the assault on the Capitol on January 6, had declared that the Trump administration should end. But Hutchinson did not join the voices calling for Trump’s resignation, arguing that impeachment was not a practical option.

The interview with Hutchinson was broadcast just days after his nephew Jim Hendren, a state senator in Arkansas, announced that he was leaving the Republican Party in the wake of the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

On Sunday, Hutchinson praised the Trump family, especially Ivanka, and said he respects his nephew’s decision to pursue his political career as an independent. But Hutchinson said Republicans will have “a good future” if they stick to conservative principles and not to “personalities.”