Will Hurd becomes latest Republican to launch 2024 bid for president
Hurd, who represented Texas in Congress from 2015 through 2021, on Thursday formally announced his bid for the presidency.
"This morning, I filed to be the Republican nominee for president of the United States. This is a decision that my wife and I decided to do because we live in complicated times, and we need common sense," the former CIA officer told CBS News.
The 45-year-old politician and outspoken critic of Donald Trump listed "illegal immigration," the opioid crisis, inflation, crime, and education among the issues driving his campaign in an announcement video shared to social media.
"President Biden can’t solve these problems – or won’t," Hurd said. "And if we nominate a lawless, selfish, failed politician like Donald Trump – who lost the House, the Senate, and the White House – we all know Joe Biden will win again."
Will Hurd enters crowded 2024 Republican primary
Despite his many legal woes, Donald Trump is still the clear frontrunner in the 2024 GOP race.
The Republican primary field also includes former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, ex-Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, talk radio host Larry Elder, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, ex-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Though his chances at the White House are slim, Hurd is hoping he will be the dark horse who comes away with the nomination.
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