- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp told the Wall Street Journal he will not run for the White House in 2024.
- Kemp, who was re-elected to a second term last fall, said he was keeping “an open mind” on the GOP field.
- Kemp’s endorsement in the swing state of Georgia could be a boon for the eventual Republican nominee.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who in recent years has become one of the nation’s most prominent Republicans, told the Wall Street Journal he would not run for president in 2024, but said that he kept an “open mind”. current and future Republican primary candidates.
Kemp, a former Georgian secretary of state who beat superstar Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams in 2018 and 2022, had been promoted by many Republicans as a viable conservative candidate after winning re-election in Peach State, which will be the one of the most hotly contested. swing states next year.
Although Kemp was quick to rule out any discussion of his own presidential bid, he offered candid opinions on the candidates running – like former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – as well as those who might enter the race. the primary in the coming weeks. and months.
“I have a great relationship with Pence and a very good relationship with [Florida Gov.] DeSantis. Chris Christie has come and campaigned for us many times, along with many other governors,” Kemp told the Journal.
“I know Tim Scott very well. Nikki Haley came and campaigned for us. I’ve known her for years and got to meet [Mike] Pompeo several times. So I’m a bit like everyone else, I just see how things are going and I keep an open mind,” he added.
But when it comes to former President Donald Trump, who clashed with Kemp after the governor refused to help him overturn President Joe Biden’s victory by nearly 12,000 votes in Georgia in the 2020 election, the governor told the Journal that the former president has not spoken to him about the 2024 race.
“Yeah, I haven’t heard from Trump,” he said.