2024 Watch: Maryland’s Hogan to highlight inflation-fighting plan during crowded trip to New Hampshire
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EXCLUSIVE: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland will rage this week in the nation’s first presidential primary state of New Hampshire, where he will introduce a new inflation-fighting plan from pro-Hogan public advocacy group An America United.
News of the trip to New Hampshire by the time-limited GOP governor of a blue state, which was first shared with Fox News on Sunday, will spark further speculation that Hogan may be gearing up for a run in 2024 Republican nomination.
Hogan will host six events in New Hampshire during a 48-hour tour that begins Monday afternoon. The governor will meet with several business groups on the front lines of the economy, including the New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors, Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont and the New Hampshire Home Builders Association.
The governor is expected to use his meetings with Granite State business leaders to learn how record inflation is affecting their industries and to promote his proposed solutions contained in An America United’s five-point plan to provide struggling Americans immediate economic relief.
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The plan, which will be released on Sunday, is described by group officials as a « common sense proposal to deal with this crisis » and is inspired by what they highlight as the « results achieved by the governor Hogan in Maryland ».
The proposals call for restoring America’s energy independence, halting inflationary tax hikes, reducing job-destroying bureaucracy, ending reckless federal government spending, and suspension of the federal gas tax.
« Under Joe Biden’s failed economic policies, Americans are suffering from crippling levels of inflation – the highest in more than 40 years. While Washington remains more interested in partisan dysfunctions and empty rhetoric than in providing solutions, we’ve already shown a better way forward, » Hogan told Fox News in a statement.
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Hogan’s stint in New Hampshire — his first trip to the state in more than three years — precedes his appearance at the National Governors Association’s annual summer meeting, being held this year in Portland, Maine.
Hogan is seen by political pundits as a potential contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. And the governor, an outspoken Republican critic of former President Donald Trump, has left the door wide open for a potential White House race .
Announcing in February that he would not be running for the Senate this year, the governor said his decision « does not mean that I intend to stand aside in the face of the serious challenges facing our country and our democracy ». « I’m going to keep calling it what I see it, and I’ll keep talking about the division and the dysfunction in Washington and fixing broken politics. »
And looking ahead, Hogan noted that « My current job as governor runs until January 2023, then we’ll take a look and see what the future holds after that. »
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In a speech in May at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., that heavily hinted at a possible run for the White House, Hogan pointed out that he was a « Reagan-wing common-sense conservative of the Republican Party ».
And Hogan’s speech at the library’s « Time for Choose » speaker series that attracted a number of potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates, Hogan argued that Republicans « will not win back the White House by naming Donald Trump or a cheap imitation of him ».
Trump on the trail
The former president held back-to-back political rallies over the weekend.
Trump was in Las Vegas on Friday, headlining a campaign event for Nevada GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt — the former state attorney general — and Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo, the Clark County Sheriff.
The former president again teased a run for the White House in 2024, repeating that he may have to do it « a third time ».
On Saturday, Trump was in Alaska, the main attraction of a rally for Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy, Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka – who is challenging longtime GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski – and for 2008 Republican vice nominee -president and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is running in a special election this summer for an open house seat.
Youngkin of Virginia helping fellow Republicans
Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, a rising GOP star, was in Nebraska over the weekend, his first trip in a series of visits planned to help fellow Republicans run in November’s midterm elections.
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Youngkin delivered the keynote address at the Nebraska Republican Party state convention, campaigning on behalf of GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen.
Following his election last November, which energized Republicans nationwide, there was instant buzz regarding Youngkin as a possible contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. will only increase speculation. Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — the first four states to hold contests in the upcoming Republican presidential nominating calendar — are all holding gubernatorial elections this year.
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Youngkin said « the short answer is maybe » when asked last month by Fox News if he would travel to any of those states to campaign for his fellow Republicans.
But the governor once again hijacked any discussion of the presidential race, saying in his interview that « I’m always humbled when people ask me about 2024. But my intention is a lot about Virginia, a lot about the 2022 elections, and I’m doing everything I can help. »