Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson publicizes 2024 presidential nomination

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Arkansas will end expanded unemployment benefits on June 26.

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Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, he announced Sunday.

“I hear people talk about the leadership of our country, and I’m convinced that people want leaders who speak to the best of America and not just appeal to our worst instincts,” he told ABC’s This Week.

Hutchinson said he believes his experience, messages and “hope for the future” will resonate with Americans. He plans to campaign and “be everywhere” once he makes the formal announcement of his presidential candidacy later this month, he said.

Former President Donald Trump is also running for the presidency in 2024. A New York grand jury voted Thursday to indict Trump in connection with a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, and Hutchinson said he believes the charges prompt Trump to drop out of the race.

Trump’s indictment is a “sad day for America,” Hutchinson said, but it’s also a “great distraction.” He said it’s important to maintain the integrity of public office, so Trump should focus on due process.

“I think when we look at the presidency and the future of our country, we don’t need that distraction and he needs to be able to focus on the legal issues he’s facing,” he said.

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