- Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire thinks Donald Trump is beatable in the GOP primary.
- He told the New York Times that it would be a “boost” for many different candidates.
- “He doesn’t clear the pitch,” Sununu said. “He doesn’t scare anyone from racing.”
GOP Gov. Chris Sununu, who recently won re-election in New Hampshire by more than 15 points, doesn’t think former President Donald Trump is a shoo-in for the 2024 Republican nomination.
Speaking to The New York Times in a high-profile interview, he said he believed the former president would be beatable in the GOP primary.
When asked if anyone could beat Trump, who was the first Republican candidate to officially announce his candidacy, he replied, “Oh sure. I think it’s going to be a draw for a lot of people. different candidates.
Sununu told The Times that “the average Republican voter really hasn’t had any options yet” and it’s not yet clear who is and who isn’t running yet. “So the polls right now actually don’t make sense,” he said, according to the Times.
Referring to Trump’s chances, he said, “He’s not clearing the playing field. He’s not scaring anybody off the race by any means. And there’s just a lot of politics to play out between now and 2024.”
Sununu was asked about Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, who is considered a likely candidate for the Republican nomination, and whether he would do well in New Hampshire.
“I think a lot of candidates could,” Sununu said, according to The Times. “But it’s about a candidate’s willingness to get out there, walk the streets, go door to door. If you come in and spend money on TV ads, it won’t really work. Just be yourself. Be Ordinary.”
In 2019, Sununu described himself as a “Trump guy through and through”.
In April this year, Sununu joked that Trump was “fuckin’ crazy” during a roast at the Gridiron Club’s annual dinner, according to AP News. A few days later, The Hill reported that he walked back on the joke, saying, “Look, I don’t think he’s crazy. It’s a joke.”