New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu will decide whether he will run for the GOP nomination for president in the next week or two, he told CNN on Sunday.
While the governor has been mulling a presidential run for the past few months, he told CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper that he’s making sure it’s “right to the party” and right for him before jumping into the race.
“I think very soon,” Sununu responded when asked about his impending decision. “I don’t do coy very well. So when I start doing something, I’m 120% in. So I think, you know, pretty soon we’ll make a decision. Probably in the next week or two, and we’ll either be go or no go.”
Sununu said if he were to run, his campaign would focus on “good government,” including low spending and taxation. He added that while he wouldn’t center his campaign on the “culture war,” he would still talk about critical social issues even though government can’t “solve” them. Sununu said such topics “get in our way” and “clog up what good, practical, efficient government should be.”
The governor attacked the GOP frontrunners. He said former President Donald Trump failed on promises like draining the swamp, fiscal discipline, and securing the border. He has previously accused Trump of playing the “victim” and referred to Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis as a “big government” Republican.
“The one thing I’m looking at is where can I be most effective,” Sununu said. “I just want what’s best for the party. Doesn’t have to be the Chris Sununu show all the time.”
Two weeks ago, Sununu said there was a “61 percent chance” he would run for the Republican nomination. If he were to jump in the race, he would join an already crowded field led by Trump and DeSantis, which includes former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and conservative talk show host Larry Elder.
Sununu said jumping into the race is easy, but knowing when to get out is much more challenging.
“You can’t prevent candidates from getting in,” Sununu said. “There could be 12 people that get in. The key, the discipline, is getting out. The discipline is, come November, late December, if you’re sitting in low single digits, get your butt out of the race; let’s narrow this thing down to two or three candidates and really figure out where the party’s gonna go.”