Conservative talk show host Larry Elder announced Thursday night that he is launching a bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Elder, who turns 71 years old next week, announced his bid during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with host Tucker Carlson.
Elder said that he is pro-life, doesn’t believe America is racist, wants secure borders, wants the U.S. to be energy independent, and wants to fix urban schools.
“I’m announcing that I’m running for the presidency of the United States on your program,” Elder said. “And thank you so much for giving me this honor and this platform.”
Elder ran to replace Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom, who faced a recall election in 2021 for a variety of reasons, including his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which many considered disastrous. Elder came in first among dozens of replacement candidates, receiving over 3.5 million votes. However, Newsom beat the recall attempt by more than 20 points.
Elder said that the reason he wanted to run for president is because his father, older brother, and little brother all served in the U.S. Armed Forces and he did not.
“I’m the only one who didn’t serve, and I don’t feel good about that,” Elder said. “I feel I have a moral, a religious, and a patriotic duty to give back to a country that’s been so good to my family and to me. And that is why I’m doing this.”
Elder said that the top issues driving him were fighting the Democrats’ lie that America is racist and addressing how a lot of minority children grow up in fatherless homes because Democrats have “incentivized women to marry the government.”