Sununu has strongly suggested he would join the Republican side – he said on Sunday he would likely decide in “the next week or two” – but he has yet to formalize his decision.
Two other Republicans, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, entered last week, although former President Donald Trump remains the top front-runner for the 2024 presidential nod. Some Republicans who oppose Trump have suggested that it is to Trump’s advantage that more Republicans join the race and, therefore, split the anti-Trump vote within the party.
“What we’ve all learned is that you can’t block applicants from entering,” Sununu said.
The New Hampshire governor credited DeSantis for recognizing the need to come to his state and Iowa and focus on voters there.
He also said that Trump, at least so far, is doing better than expected. “He’s playing that victim card,” Sununu said of Trump.
Asked about Saturday’s debt ceiling agreement, Sununu saw cause for celebration.
“It’s a miracle. I mean, release the doves,” he told host Jake Tapper. “Washington is moving forward. Both parties seem pretty frustrated, which means it’s probably a good deal actually.