New Hampshire’s moderate Republican Governor Chris Sununu told CNN’s Dana Bash earlier this month that he was not thinking about running for President. The longtime governor, who just won his fourth two-year term, told Bash last week that his focus is not on a potential Presidential campaign, but rather on New Hampshire.
However, some of his political action committees have said that his Sununu-aligned PAC had already started running social media ads in early-voting states such as Iowa and South Carolina, which has led to many speculating that Sununu does have his eyes on a potential run for the Oval Office in 2024.
Monica Venzke, a communications director for New Hampshire’s Democratic party noted that while he might have said on national TV that he is only focused on New Hampshire his ad buys are a “WEIRD way of showing it, Gov!”
So far, Sununu’s advertisements have been viewed by less than 1 million people across the two states, and they show Sununu sharing his vision for the Republican party. Sununu, who is a moderate Republican, has said that he would like the party to move away from divisiveness and Trump-style politics and to move towards a more moderate brand of politics.
Sununu, who has a more moderate view of contemporary conservatism managed to win his state by 16 points, while his state’s far-right Senate candidate, Don Bolduc lost his race by close to 9 points. Sununu argues that more Republican candidates should try following his line of politics.