ANNAPOLIS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sits exclusively with FOX 5 as he leaves office to discuss whether to run for president in 2024.
In a rare interview at Government House, Gov. Hogan told FOX 5 he’s sparked the interest of people across the country and encouraged him to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
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Governor Hogan says he believes Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is loosening.
“We’re finally starting to see that it’s finally moving in that direction,” Gov. Hogan says. “And I’ve been saying for a couple of years now that at some point Trump’s influence will wane and people will look for new leadership, and there’s no question about that now.”
Governor Hogan has made national headlines as a Republican governor in a Democratic state with approval ratings of around 70 percent.
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However, the state Republican Party he leads is not in good shape. After GOP nominee Dan Cox was beaten in the run for governor, Gov. Hogan tells FOX 5 that Maryland state Republicans need to hit the reset button.
“Does that apply to the Maryland Republican Party as well because there’s been some fighting lately? Well, they didn’t stick to the script that was successful in our state, and we’re the bluest state in America,” says Governor Hogan. “Donald Trump lost this state by 33 points, a lot more than California, New York or Oregon.”
After Governor Hogan welcomed Governor-elect Wes Moore to the State House last month, Governor Hogan told FOX 5 that he and the First Lady will welcome Moore and his wife and children for a tour of Government House this weekend , which will be Moore’s new home from January 18th.
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The full meeting with Governor Hogan will be available soon on FOX 5’s On The Hill.