New Hampshire

CNN segment “Being Chris Sununu” to air Friday night

Published: 2022-12-14 18:35:39

Modified: 2022-12-14 18:35:10

Chris Sununu has made it clear in New Hampshire’s leadership that he enjoys redesigning systems. Whether it’s the state’s response to the opioid epidemic, mental health services, or the child welfare system, the governor often references his engineering background to political solutions in interviews.

With that in mind, Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent, put a direct question to the state’s Republican governor.

“Do you want to remake America?” she asked.

Sununu will appear in the latest segment of the CNN series Being… which focuses on the “people behind the public face” of individuals influencing American politics, politics and culture. Previous episodes have starred US Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and singer Barry Manilow. The episode of Bash talking to Sununu airs Friday at 10 p.m

In the promotional clip, Bash walks the halls of the New Hampshire State House with Sununu and asks what it’s like to be a Republican leader in a purple state. She also visits him at his home in Newfields and the two talk about what it was like growing up in a political family, raising children during his tenure and his future political aspirations.

The national show is fueling speculation that Sununu will announce a presidential candidacy in the 2024 election cycle.

Questions about his future political aspirations first began after the governor decided last fall not to challenge US Senator Maggie Hassan for her seat, instead opting for a fourth term as the state’s chief executive.

“My responsibility is not to Washington’s deadlock and policies, but to the people of New Hampshire,” he said at a news conference announcing his term as governor last fall. “I’d rather push myself at 120 miles an hour to bring victories to New Hampshire than slow down, end up on Capitol Hill and fruitlessly debate partisan politics.”

The decision surprised party leaders, who saw the popular governor as a strong candidate for a Democratic-held Senate seat.

With the Republican Party at a crossroads as former President Donald Trump has already announced that he will run again, Sununu spoke to Bash about the future of the party and his relationship with Trump.

Sununu, who resonates with independent voters in New Hampshire, has previously criticized Trump’s decision to announce a White House bid after the midterm elections.

“First of all, it’s a terrible idea to announce that you’re going to run for office between an election and Christmas,” he told CBS New’s Face of the Nation just before the midterm elections. “He doesn’t keep anyone out of the running.”

Running for federal office or a federal appointment would allow Sununu to take his political career from Concord to the Capitol, following in the footsteps of his father, who served as governor and then White House Chief of Staff, and his brother, who was a US Representative , served Senator.

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