HOOKSETT, NH – Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is the busiest politician on the presidential campaign trail in the key primary state of New Hampshire this week, and he’s not even running for the White House.
Sununu met on Monday afternoon with the former ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at a town hall in Hooksett.
On Monday night, he will join former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is making his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination, at a town hall in Nashua.
And on Tuesday, he will join Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city.
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Sununu said he would endorse one of the three candidates if he decides who to back in the 2024 Republican presidential race after Thanksgiving.
“I’m not endorsing anyone yet,” the governor told reporters after the Haley event. “Nikki did a great job. She really pounded the pavement… Her message seemed to resonate.”
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Two weeks ago Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa – whose caucuses lead the GOP presidential nominating calendar, endorsed DeSantis. And this past week, Reynolds joined DeSantis in several stops on the campaign trail in the Hawkeye State.
Sununu told Fox News Digital that his endorsement was more than a day’s notice.
“If I’m going to get behind a candidate, I’m going to get behind a candidate,” he emphasized.
And he later added that he would put the muscle behind his endorsement, “110%.”
“That’s the fun part. Are you kidding? I’m not going to do an endorsement and sit on my hands. If I do an endorsement, it’s going to be a six, seven, eight, nine week push, whatever it is, to make sure people know where we are.
And Sununu, who has won election and re-election to four two-year terms as governor of New Hampshire, said he will help any candidate he supports “put a ground game.
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But he also tempered expectations that his endorsement could move the needle in the Granite State, telling Fox News last month that “I’m not really a big believer that endorsements matter as much as people think press that they do.”
Asked if he could see himself serving in a potential Haley, DeSantis or Christie Cabinet, Sununu told Fox News on Monday that “I don’t need anything from Washington. I just want a good candidate and good president and I think there’s a great opportunity for that. No, there’s nothing for me. I’m ready to find a real job.”
The governor, who flirted with a White House run of his own before announcing in early June that he would not launch a 2024 campaign, has been a vocal GOP critic of former President Donald Trump, who remains who is the commanding frontrunner for the Republican nomination as he seeks to regain his old job.
“He has a floor, but he also has a ceiling,” Sununu said as he pointed to Trump’s large lead in the latest New Hampshire poll. “And if you look at the fact that over 50% of Republican-based voters want another, the fact that in New Hampshire you can have independents come out — I believe in record numbers – most of which are not. vote for yesterday’s news in terms of Donald Trump.”
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And the governor emphasized that “these candidates have many opportunities to quickly make more land.”
The New Hampshire Secretary of State announced last week that the primary date will be January 23, eight days after the Iowa caucuses.
Granite State voters are known for traditionally being late deciders when it comes to their treasured first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
As for when New Hampshire voters will decide who they will return to the presidency, the governor said, “They always do it after Thanksgiving, and I think this year even later than normal. “
“I think a lot of people will wait and see where this thing goes in late December and early January and make up their minds,” Sununu added.
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